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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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 22-24
1. Us $70.2M
2. Captain Marvel $35M
3. Wonder Park $9M
4. Five Feet Apart $8.8M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 3 $6.5M
6. A Madea Family Funeral $4.5M
7. Gloria Bell $1.8M
8. No Manches Frida 2 $1.8M
9. Lego Movie 2 $1.1M
10. Alita: Battle Angel $1M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Tuesday
Nov202012

D-Howard, D-Wade, Carmelo, Westbrook, Joe Johnson Lined Up For Big Holiday Spot

 

By Barry Janoff

November 20, 2012: The NBA is planning something BIG for Thanksgiving weekend, and not just the 40 games scheduled between Nov. 21-25.

The league will unveil on Nov. 21 the latest effort in its season-long BIG campaign, a TV spot featuring five players who will be in action on Christmas Day: Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets.

The five players become their own version of The Rockettes as they line up in a gym and dribble basketballs in time to the beat of the classic holiday song, Carol of the Bells.

The spot will break on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, and TNT, as well as NBA.com and NBA social media destinations.

The BIG spot supports the recently revealed NBA adidas alternate color jerseys, which players will wear during Christmas Day games. In the ad, the five players are wearing the respective holiday color NBA jerseys they will don on in games on Dec. 25.

The jerseys are available at NBAStore.com and the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue.

The NBA's Christmas Day schedule includes Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets (ESPN), New York Knicks at L.A. Lakers (ABC) Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat (ABC) Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls (ESPN) and Denver Nuggets at L.A. Clippers (ESPN).

Carol of the Bells was composed in 1904 by Mykola Leontovych and has since recorded by the likes of Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

"Hark! How the bells/Sweet silver bells
"All seem to say/Throw cares away.
"Christmas is here/Bringing good cheer
"To young and old/Meek and the bold
"Ding, dong, ding, dong/That is their song."

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