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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Bar None: NCAA Continues To Play In The Candy Aisle With Extended Hershey Deal

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 7, 2017: Relating that "Reese’s brand is all about fun and NCAA March Madness is arguably the most fun, exciting and highly-anticipated event in college sports," the Hershey Co. enters the coming basketball tournament with a new five-year deal to continue its role as "official confectionery partner."

Financial terms of the extended alliance were not shared.

The deal enables the brand to launch multi-media marketing using official NCAA logos and markings as well as maintain Reese’s position as title sponsor of the Reese’s College All-Star Game and to host a kick-off to Final Four weekend with Reese’s Final Four Friday.

The Hershey Co. has been an official partner of the NCAA since 2009. Hersey is also an official partner with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"Reese’s brand is all about fun and NCAA March Madness is arguably the most fun, exciting and highly-anticipated event in college sports," Kristen Riggs, senior marketing director, Reese’s brand, said in a statement. "We want to inspire fans and consumers to go for it and get into the game day spirit even more passionately than before.

"Whether on the basketball court, cheering in the stands or enjoying the action from home, Reese’s brand wants to be a part of your celebrations. We couldn’t be more thrilled to continue our partnership with the NCAA," said Riggs.

The 9th annual Reese’s College All-Star Game is scheduled for March 31st in the University of Phoenix Stadium, site of the men’s Final Four (April 1) and title game (April 3).

The game features 20 of the top NCAA Div. I senior college basketball student-athletes nationwide and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. College basketball head coaches Josh Pastner (Georgia Tech) and Tad Boyle (Colorado) will lead the East and West teams.

The Reese’s College All-Star Game is part of the fifth annual Reese’s Final Four Friday. Open to the public, it  features each of the Final Four teams in their last open practice before Saturday’s national semifinal games. A variety of special entertainment, tributes and fan activities will take place throughout the day.

According to Katy Mollica, vp-property partnerships for Turner Sports, "The Hershey Co. and Reese’s brand are iconic brands that have contributed to the success and enthusiasm around college sports, notably Final Four weekend.

"With brand strategy that extends well beyond on the ground events, to include retail and nationwide marketing activations, we are excited to continue to sweeten the experience for fans nationwide."

Entering March Madness, NCAA marketing partners include corporate champions AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola; and corporate partners Allstate, Amazon Echo, Bing (Microsoft), Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Marriott International, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

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