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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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Thursday
Apr082010

Nike Airs Woods Ad As Tiger Gets Chastised By Masters Chairman Billy Payne

Tiger Woods listens while his late father Earl speaks in new Nike TV spot.April 8, 2010: Nike has finally unveiled the first TV spot featuring Tiger Woods since the golfer fell from grace following his SUV accident outside his home in the early morning of Thanksgiving Day 2009. The TV spot breaks a day after Billy Payne, chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, site of The Masters, took Woods to task for the actions that have turned the golfer's personal life into a public soap opera.

The commercial, from Wieden + Kennedy, features Woods and the voice of his late father, Earl, who died in 2006. This week, EA Sports also unveiled an online campaign to support its new Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online. (See Q&A with EA Sports president Peter Moore.)

Nike and EA have been Woods' strongest supporters over the past few months. Unlike the EA campaign, the Nike TV spot takes an introspective , soul-searching tone than product promotion. The spot takes a far different tone than a Nike ad in 2009, which marked Woods return to the PGA Tour following knee surgery with a humorous look at how other golfers did not miss him because they were finally able to win tournaments.

"We support Tiger and his family. As he returns to competitive golf, the ad addresses his time away from the game using the powerful words of his father," Nike said in a statement.

The spot will run on ESPN, which is covering the first two rounds of The Masters, which marks Woods first competitive foray since winning The Australian Masters in mid-November.

Payne addressed Woods and his lifestyle choices during a press conference in Augusta. "We are aware of the significance this week to a very special player," Payne said. "As he ascended in our rankings of the world's great golfers, he became an example to our kids that success is directly attributable to hard work and effort. But as he now says himself, he forgot in the process to remember that with fame and fortune comes responsibility, not invisibility. It is not simply the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here; it is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids. Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children.

"Is there a way forward? I hope yes. I think yes. But certainly his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par, but measured by the sincerity of his efforts to change. I hope he now realizes that every kid he passes on the course wants his swing, but would settle for his smile.

"I hope [Woods] can come to understand that life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who bring joy to the lives of other people," Payne continued. "We at Augusta hope and pray that our great champion will begin his new life here [on April 8]  in a positive, hopeful and constructive manner, but this time, with a significant difference from the past."

In the 30-second spot, "Earl and Tiger," filmed in black and white, Woods wears a Nike hat and sweater and stares stoically at the camera as his father speaks. "Tiger, I am more prone to be inquisitive to promote discussion. I want to find out what your think was, I want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything."

Nike said the spot would only run for a limited time and did not indicate whether or not follow up TV spots would continue the same tone or style.

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