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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.

• Picking up the mantle of National Women’s Month, and anticipating what next year will be its 70th anniversary, the LPGA has unveiled “Drive On,” a multi-platform refined brand position. According to the LPGA, “Drive On is clearly rooted in golf, but it's a bigger idea. It captures the power and potential in each of us and celebrates the hard work, focus and tenacity that it takes to achieve our goals.” Full story here.

• The NBA said that the Chinese and Croatian National Teams would join all 30 NBA teams to compete at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 in Las Vegas, marking the first time that the league will feature two international teams, with 83 games over 11 days (July 5-15).

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originalluy scheduled for April 27 in Las Vegas, will be played in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas., which is owned and operated by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 22-24
1. Us $70.2M
2. Captain Marvel $35M
3. Wonder Park $9M
4. Five Feet Apart $8.8M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 3 $6.5M
6. A Madea Family Funeral $4.5M
7. Gloria Bell $1.8M
8. No Manches Frida 2 $1.8M
9. Lego Movie 2 $1.1M
10. Alita: Battle Angel $1M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Mar212017

MiLB Adds Terminix, Maids, Other Service Providers In Wide-Ranging Corporate Deal

By Barry Janoff

March 21, 2017: Although the name ServiceMaster Global Holdings may not be top-of-mind with baseball fans, some of the companies under its umbrella might be more familiar, including Terminix, Merry Maids and American Home Shield.

ServiceMaster Global Holdings will now get front-and-center attention with the 244 member teams and more than 41 million fans who attend Minor League Baseball games.

MilB and Memphis-based ServiceMaster have signed a multi-year deal naming the company a corporate partner of the baseball organization.

"ServiceMaster's commitment to local community partners echoes Minor League Baseball's commitment to delivering a first-class, family-friendly ballpark experience for our fans," David Wright, CMO and chief commercial officer for MiLB, said in a statement.

"Through this partnership, we will connect MiLB's devoted and engaged fan base with ServiceMaster and its impressive list of brands and services,” said Wright.

ServiceMaster's brands will become the official designator of MiLB in several different categories:

• American Home Shield is now the official home warranty for MiLB.

• AmeriSpec is the official home and commercial property inspector.

• Furniture Medic is the official furniture repair and restoration specialist.

• Merry Maids is the official home cleaning provider.

• ServiceMaster Clean is the official commercial cleaning provide.

• ServiceMaster Restore is the official disaster restoration specialist.

• Terminix is now the official pest control specialist for MiLB.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

ServiceMaster said it would have multi-platform activation to support the alliance, including a "ServiceMaster Ballpark Tour" at select MiLB ballparks nationwide.

MiLB corporate partners also include Esurance, Bush’s, Uncle Ray’s, E&J Gallo, Crayola, John Deere and SunRun.

According to Pete Tosches, ServiceMaster's svp-corporate communications, "ServiceMaster is built on a foundation of providing essential services – both to our customers and the communities where our employees live and work.

“Much like Minor League Baseball, ServiceMaster employees, franchisees and contractors are committed to their local communities. This partnership will help connect consumers to the trusted service professionals who protect and maintain 75,000 U.S. homes and businesses each day,” said Tosches.

The ServiceMaster Experience traveling display is a 53-foot, double-expandable trailer custom-built to resemble a home. It provides people with an interactive experience outside the ballpark, along with branded giveaways, games and other touch-points.

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