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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Oct052015

He Got Game: 2015 TCS New York City Marathon To Become A Spike Lee Joint

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

October 5, 2015: Claiming that it is New York City’s "biggest block party,” Spike Lee has been named Grand Marshal of the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon, scheduled to take place on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Lee will be just the third Grand Marshal in the NYC Marathon's 45-year history.

As the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon Grand Marshal, Lee will participate in numerous race-week festivities. That includes the TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony presented by United Airlines; contributing to the live race broadcast on WABC-TV and ESPN2; and riding with Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon, in the Grand Marshal vehicle through the 26.2-mile marathon route on race day.

According to Lee, who grew up in Brooklyn, “I’m honored to represent New York City, the greatest city on Earth, at one of the world’s most recognizable sporting events. When my kids were younger, on race day, we would walk outside of my 40 Acres and a Mule office right into the marathon crowd. There’s such a New York sense of community around the race. It’s New York City’s biggest block party.”

In addition to title sponsor Tata Consultancy Services, marketing partners for the Marathon include Abbott, Airbnb, Asics, Dunkin' Donuts, Foot Locker, Gatorade, Poland Springs, PowerBar, Snyder's. Tiffany and UPS.

“When we looked at having a Grand Marshal for this year’s TCS New York City Marathon, we envisioned someone the world would immediately recognize as a sports enthusiast and quintessential New Yorker, and Spike was the perfect fit,” said Capiraso in a statement of Lee, who is a New York University tenured film professor, writer-director, actor, producer and author. “We’re honored to have Spike representing our runners, volunteers, spectators, partners, city agencies, and staff at this year’s TCS New York City Marathon.”

The marathon’s first Grand Marshal was in 1979, when Czech running legend Emil Zatopek was given the honor.  In 2003, marathon icon Grete Waitz of Norway became the Marathon’s second Grand Marshal.

According to Ciaccia. “As Grand Marshal, Spike will lead runners from over 125 countries and all 50 states on a one-of-a-kind tour through the neighborhoods of the five boroughs, from Staten Island to Fort Greene Brooklyn, through Queens, up Manhattan’s First Avenue to the Boogie-Down Bronx and into Harlem before finishing in Central Park.”

The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon broadcast is produced in partnership with IMG Productions.

The Marathon will be televised live on Nov. 1 on WABC-TV (Channel 7) in the New York Tri-State area (9: AM - 2 PM ET) and for the rest of the nation on ESPN2 (9 AM.- 12:30 PM. ET). Additionally, the race will be available live in Spanish via ESPN Deportes+ and internationally via a variety of global broadcast partners.

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