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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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 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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PBR, WCRA Create $6M Series, Ranking System To ‘Boost Competition, Excite Fans’

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 6, 2018:
Stating that the “future of rodeo begins today,” Pro Bull Riders and World Champions Rodeo Alliance have unveiled a $6 million prize purse that will encompass eight events over the next year, along with a world ranking system for athletes to qualify for high-payout rodeos as well as “other growth initiatives for the industry.”

The $6 million in payouts will be comprised of four large rodeos each featuring a $1 million purse, with four semi-final qualifier events proving the additional $2 million in prize money.

Qualifying will be based on points, rather than dollars won, through a new world ranking points system, according to WCRA.

WCRA is a "professional sport and entertainment entity, created to develop and advance the sport of rodeo by aligning all levels of competition."

In association with PBR, WCRA “produces major rodeo events, developing additional opportunities for rodeo industry competitors, stakeholders and fans.”

The new competition will be supported by multi-media marketing, “Make Every Ride Count,” with the tag line,  “Any rodeo. Anytime. Anywhere.”

The first WCRA $500,000 semi-final event is scheduled for November at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK, followed by the first WCRA $1 million rodeo in Sacramento, January 2019.

Additional 2019 WCRA large-payout events will be determined at a later date.

WCRA also signed new multi-year alliances to “bring new opportunities to rodeo athletes, grow rodeo’s fan base and increase coverage for the sport,” including the International Professional Rodeo Association, National Barrel Horse Association and Indian National Finals Rodeo.

In addition, the WCRA unveiled technology including the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ), available for every rodeo athlete to access a mobile nomination system to qualify for the $6 million in payouts.

Through the VRQ, “athletes can track their own and all other competitors’ performances in rodeos and single discipline events throughout the year. This new free mobile web App for rodeo athletes was unveiled to put the administration of the sport in the hand of athletes, stock contractors, and committee members,” according to WCRA and PBR.

“WCRA was formed to create alliances and opportunities to help rodeo athletes earn more money at marquee events that will excite fans, while making a path to a full-time rodeo career more attractive and  accessible to talented, aspiring western sports athletes,” Gary McKinney, CEO for WCRA, said in a statement.

“We’re very excited to bring the industry under one roof to share our ideas, seek solutions and collaborate to grow a traditional American sport that deserves a bigger fan base, more sponsors, events in all corners of the country, and expanded coverage.”

The news came during a Rodeo Summit in Las Vegas open to all rodeo competitors, organizers, and industry stakeholders to coincide with the WCRA Rodeo Showdown in The Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV this past weekend (May 5-6).

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