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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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 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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Sep052018

Sounds Of Music: NBA, Beats By Dre Sign Global Marketing, Merchandise Alliance

By Barry Janoff

September 5, 2018: Already the headphones of choice by many players in the NBA, Beats by Dre has made it official, signing a multi-year global marketing and merchandising partnership naming the company the official headphone, wireless speaker and audio partner of the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and USA Basketball.

Financial terms of the alliance, which begins in October, were not disclosed.

Beats by Dre replaces Harman JBL in the category, an alliance that dates back to 2014.

An intro spot, “NBA and Beats,” puts many of the brand’s endorsers front-and-center, including LeBron James, Draymond Green, James Harden, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Beats by Dre was founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre (Andre Romelle Young) and Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple Inc. in July 2014 in a deal valued at $3 billion.

“Beats revolutionized the music industry and has become one of the most innovative and culturally-influential brands in the world,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

“Through our partnership, we have an exciting opportunity to merge sports, pop culture and technology to deliver unparalleled experiences and premium products to our fans.”

In addition to multi-media marketing support, Beats said it would “collaborate with and establish separate deals with NBA teams and launch a line of its audio products for fans around the world including NBA team-branded headphones.”

Beats said it would provide product to players and activate during such marquee events as NBA All-Star, NBA Draft presented by State Farm, international NBA games in China and Europe, WNBA All-Star, WNBA Draft presented by State Farm and USA Basketball men’s and women’s national team exhibition tours. 

According to Luke Wood, president of Beats by Dre, “This partnership with the NBA is the perfect alignment for Beats. It feels like coming home.

“The NBA and its players have long been significant drivers of global culture. Basketball, music and style speak as one voice: Julius Erving became a style icon, Allen Iverson cemented hip hop’s place on and off the court and LeBron James is breaking new music every day . . . the list goes on and on," said Wood.

The intro spot shows players on off the court wearing Beats headphones and using other Beats products. Text offers: “The game will never sound the same.”

“I always want to be the best and work with the best,” Harden said in a statement.

“That’s why I joined the Beats fam — they have the best headphones and they made them a style icon when no one else thought of electronics that way . . .

“I can’t imagine listening to anything without them. Beats loves basketball and always works to tell the stories of their favorite players.  I’m excited to see what they do," said Harden.
 
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