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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

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Weekend Box Office March 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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MLB Unveils Strategy To Celebrate 150th Anniversary Of First Pro Baseball Team

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 12, 2019: It seems as if Yasiel Puig hit town at the right time.

The former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, acquired in an off-season trade by the Cincinnati Reds, will be part of the team's and league-wide celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of "the first openly all-salaried professional baseball team — the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings."

MLB teams will wear an MLB 150th Anniversary patch on the right sleeve of their jerseys for the entire season.

In addition, for the first time, a MLB league-wide anniversary will be featured on caps (from New Era) on Opening Day, March 28.

The Reds will wear a special commemorative logo on caps and jerseys in place of the MLB 150 patch.

MLB said that throughout the season, it would “create original content to pay tribute to its history while connecting it to the players and game today.”

A multi-platform campaign will extend across media partners and MLB media including MLB Network, MLB.com and social media platforms.

"We're excited to recognize the 150th anniversary of professional baseball by honoring our history while celebrating the game and the great players of today," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said during a media conference unveiling the logo and other plans.

”The MLB 150 patch will be a continuous reminder on the field of the link everyone involved in the game today has with the storied history of professional baseball and MLB."

Among other activation, Manfred will serve as grand marshal for Cincinnati's annual opening day parade to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Red Stockings and also the team’s 100th Findlay Market parade through the city ahead of the March 28 game when the Reds host the Pirates.

MLB said it would support Cincinnati Reds activities, promotions and special events, including 15 throwback uniforms worn throughout the season with their special commemorative logo on caps and jerseys.

MLB said this recognition reflects previous MLB tributes that featured special patches worn all season by clubs in 1969 (100th anniversary) and 1994 (125th anniversary).

The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings recorded a perfect 57-0 record.

Among its members, George Wright (shortstop) and his brother Harry Wright (OF and team manager) have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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