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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

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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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NCAA Expands March Madness Intel VR Platform With More Games, More Options

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

March 13, 2018: March Madness is all about getting up-close and personal with the teams, players and action, and to that end the NCAA said it has expanded its virtual reality coverage would be available this year for 21 games – the most in Tournament history.

The March Madness Live VR app, powered by IntelTrue VR — developed by Turner Sports, in partnership with CBS Sports and the NCAA  —  will offer people an “immersive virtual experience” with select games beginning with the first and second rounds and continuing throughout the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and National Championship.

The app offers a “virtual courtside seat via two ticket options.”

Expanded VR comes as NCAA March Madness Live — the exclusive live-streaming suite of products developed by Turner Sports in partnership with CBS and the NCAA offering multiple ways to engage with live coverage for all 67 games of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship — has been made available across 16 platforms, the most in the product’s history.

NCAA March Madness Live VR is available to download for free at the Oculus Store and the Google Play store.

During the first and second rounds, audio will include game commentary from the telecasts across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.

For Sweet 16 and Elite 8 action, people will have exclusive play-by-play and dedicated game commentary.
 
Virtual courtside seat ticket options include:
 
• VR Ticket: $2.99 per game: “People can watching teams in VR by selecting the camera they want to watch from or via fully-produced VR coverage incorporating multiple courtside cameras and sounds from inside the arena, including center court, the three-point line, under the hoop or in the crowd.”

• VR Tournament Pass: $19.99: People can “bundle the experience to access all 21 games and features available in VR, with commentary.
 
NCAA March Madness Live VR will also provide access to an interactive bracket that updates throughout the tournament, full length game replays, highlights from all games in 2D and VR, and video-on-demand that includes behind-the-scene access, coach and player interviews and more.

In addition, Intel True View enables people to relive game action with 360-degree views of the best highlights from the Final Four.

Intel is an official corporate partner of the NCAA.

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