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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Oct112012

Even If NHL Melts, The Outdoor OfficeMax Hockey City College Classic Is Coming

Special to NYSportsJournalism

October 11, 2012: Among the casualties of the current NHL lockout are the 2012-13 pre-season, most of the games in October and, possibly, the outdoor Winter Classic scheduled to take place in the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Stadium. But fans can still satisfy their Hockey Jones elsewhere.

OfficeMax has signed a deal to become title sponsorship of the Hockey City Classic in Chicago, the first outdoor college hockey doubleheader at Soldier Field, which is scheduled for Feb. 17, 2013. Soldier Stadium opened in 1924 but has since been completely renovated.

Financial terms of the title sponsorship deal were not disclosed.

The OfficeMax Hockey City Classic is being organized by Intersport, a Chicago-based sports and entertainment marketing agency, in partnership with Soldier Field, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Sports Commission.

The doubleheader will feature Notre Dame against Miami and Minnesota taking on Wisconsin.

Other sponsors for the event include Citi and La Quinta.

The OfficeMax Hockey City Classic will be preceded by two weeks of events from Feb. 1-18. Activities will include two days of free public skating; youth, high school and adult hockey events; and private ice rentals.

"OfficeMax is pleased to sponsor the Hockey City Classic to bring collegiate hockey to a premier Chicago arena and winter excitement to the region," John Kenning, president of contract for Naperville, Ill.-based OfficeMax, said in a statement.

"We're as much a member of the Chicagoland community as we are a business here, and we're pleased to support an event that promises to both entertain and celebrate this great city."

According to Charlie Besser, Intersport president and CEO, "It is an honor to have OfficeMax lend its strength to the Hockey City Classic as the title sponsor. Building a great event for Chicago is good for business and OfficeMax is demonstrating great leadership."

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