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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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Hot Shots: NBA Going All-In With Las Vegas MGM Resorts Summer League

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 30, 2018: Las Vegas, which last October dealt with the tragedy of a mass shooting that left 58 people dead and more than 850 wounded, is rebounding thanks in large part to sports.

The NHL’s Vegas Knights are in their first season of play, the WNBA moved its San Antonio franchise to the city and renamed it the Las Vegas Aces beginning with the 2018 season in May and the NFL’s Raiders are continuing to move ahead with their planned 2020 relocation.

The NBA has now upped its ante for Vegas, unveiling a plan that for the first time will see all 30 teams compete in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, its annual showcase for up-and-coming talent.

With every team participating, NBA Summer League 2018 will expand to 12 days and 82 games as part of the usual tournament-style competition.

 Last year’s event featured 24 NBA teams playing 67 games.

The 14th NBA Summer League is scheduled for July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NBA Summer League in Vegas began in 2004 with six NBA teams playing a total of 13 games.

The 2017 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League experienced record attendance, driven largely by the presence of such incoming rookies as Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kozma, De’Aaron Fox, Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum.

NBA Summer League 2017 set records for total attendance (127,843) and single-day attendance (17,500), according to the NBA.

In addition, ESPN and NBA TV combined to televise the most-viewed NBA Summer League ever, averaging 227,000 daily viewers (up 29% from 2016).

A game between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers was the most-watched NBA Summer League game in history, with 1.1 million viewers on ESPN.

Across social media platforms, the NBA said fans accounted for 436 million video views, an increase of 37% from 2016.

The Vegas expansion means that the league officially will end the Orlando Pro Summer League, which has been hosted by the Magic since 2002, with teams moving to the Las Vegas competition.

Eight teams played in the 2017 Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League, including the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Magic.

The Mavericks and Heat also played in the 2017 Vegas event.

The league said that ticket information and complete game and broadcast schedules for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 would be announced at a later date.

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