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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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Sep192018

NBA Jump-Starts Marketing Push For New Season With Focus On Fans' ‘Hopes’

By Barry Janoff

September 19, 2018: Are you ready for the 2018-19 NBA season? Because the NBA is getting ready for you.

In anticipation of the coming campaign, beginning Oct. 16 with Kia NBA Tip-Off 2018 with games across TNT, ESPN and NBA TV, the NBA has unveiled a multi-media push under its umbrella “This Is Why We Play” global effort.

A lead spot, “Hopes,” includes fans, rap artist Travis Scott and Kenny Smith, two-time NBA champ and long-time analyst and commentator for the NBA on TNT’s Inside the NBA.

According to the league, “We’re shining the spotlight on the fans, whoever they are and wherever they may be, as they tell us what they’re hoping for this NBA season.”

Among the key storylines for 2018-19: LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwayne Wade’s farewell season, Kawhi Leonard joining the Toronto Raptors, Carmelo Anthony signing with the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors going for an NBA championship three-peat.

Also top-of-mind for NBA fans: an incoming crop of rookies that includes Mo Bamba (Orlando Magic), Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings), Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks), Kevin Knox (New York Knicks), DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix Suns) and Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks).

In the spot, an array of people address the question, “What are you hoping for this season?”

“What am I hoping for this season?” says a young woman wearing a LeBron James Lakers jersey as we see a shot of James in action. “I’m hoping my guy brings Showtime back to L.A.”

A teacher in a classroom says, “I hope the Warriors are ready to be tested.”

Scott, a native of Houston, envisions James Harden and the Rockets being the ones to again do the testing.

A network weatherman in Oklahoma offers, “We hope the rest of the country sees a lot more Thunder.”

A fan in Philadelphia is hoping for some “courtside seats this season,” but gets laughed at as those have been difficult to find given the success of the 76ers.

Smith wants “something that leaves me speechless.”

The NBA is supporting with digital and social media via the hash tag, #ThisIsWhyWePlay.

The league enters the season with solid footing among marketing partners.

The NBA just signed Beats by Dre as its global official headphone, wireless speaker and audio partner for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and USA Basketball.

The league also extended its alliance with Harman JBL in the same categories to support the brand's team and player Ambassador Program.

“We’re shining the spotlight on the fans, whoever they are and wherever they may be, as they tell us what they’re hoping for this NBA season.”

NBA partner State Farm expanded its footprint in the league, signing a naming rights deal for the home venue for the Atlanta Hawks, now State Farm Arena.

The Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze), San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank) and Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx) signed off-season deals for jersey-patch sponsors, bringing the total to 24 NBA teams with such alliances.

Led by the start of an eight-year $1 billion deal with Nike, and the launch of a three-year test program involving jersey partners, NBA sponsorship spending last season topped $1 billion for the first time in league history.

The $1.12 billion sponsor spend in 2017-18 was up $259 million over the $861 million sponsor spend in 2016-17 and nearly double the $679 million sponsor spend from 2013-14, according to ESP Properties, Chicago.

On average, NBA teams are worth a record $1.65 billion, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time, according to Forbes.

NBA, Beats By Dre Sign Global Marketing Alliance

State Farm In NBA Name Game With Naming Rights Deal

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