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• 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.

• Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels, allowing Prime members to subscribe to MLB.TV and stream regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand, all from the Prime Video service.

• 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 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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Mar272017

MLB Unveils ‘This Season On Baseball’ As 2017 Umbrella Marketing Campaign

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2017: Major League Baseball is known as "The Show," which fits perfectly with its 2017 multi-platform campaign, "This Season On Baseball."

With the new season days away, MLB has unveiled what it called an advertising campaign designed to showcase the excitement and perpetual drama that the game of baseball fosters during an emotional season.

The intro 60-second anthem spot, narrated by actor Walton Goggins as if describing an on-going reality TV show, talks about upcoming storylines and features cameos from such players as Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton, Mookie Betts, Edwin Encarnacion, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell, as well as Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona.

MLB said that as the season progresses, new "This Season On Baseball" promos woull be “created to reflect the milestones, match-ups and unpredictable drama that’s happening in the game.”

Support will include Internet, social media, in-stadium activation and other platforms.

Lead agency is Anomaly, MLB’s creative agency.

The lead spot will break during national broadcasts on ESPN, MLB Network, TBS, Fox Sports and FS1. This and subsequent ads will also run on MLB.com and related digital/social platforms.

"The excitement that the young talent emerging across Major League Baseball brings to the game is really being felt right now,” Tony Petitti, COO for MLB, said in a statement.

"MLB is must-see entertainment with new heroes, stars and stories developing every day and this new creative campaign captures the energy by getting fans excited to watch it all unfold while showcasing our top players and rising stars," said Petitt.

MLB said the material shot was used for variations of the overall "anthem" spot, that previews the league’s top stories going into 2017, as well as breakout ads that focus in on elements like the current crop of talented young shortstops in the game and the pitchers poised to battle for this year’s Cy Young.

It features the track "I Had a Woman" by artist/producer Wax Tailor.

"This season on Baseball, Mike Trout heads to work. Clayton’s mad, and he’s throwing like it,” says Goggins (The Shield, Justified, The Hateful Eight) in voiceover duties on the umbrella anthem spot. "Giancarlo doesn’t care — he’s busy contemplating a 600 foot home run.

"Mookie Betts — the man with the city of Boston resting on his shoulders. Over in Cleveland, Edwin’s got big plans. And the Boys from Queens are back together (New York Mets pitchers Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey). And hungry. This season, Cy Young is up for grabs. José (Altuve) is eyeing .400.

"And Bryce Harper is having visions of cold October ball. These boys (the Chicago Cubs) know the feeling. And everyone else is chasing after it. isn’t that right, Terry. That’s 'This Season on Baseball.'"

MLB plans to break out 15- and 30-second spots from the original 60-second version.

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