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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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 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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Apr022014

PepsiCo Extends Its Alliance With MLB, Adds Brands, Harper To Marketing Mix

By Barry Janoff

April 2, 2014: PepsiCo, which has been an official partner of Major League Baseball for more than 15 years, said it has signed a multi-year pact to extend and enhance its relationship with MLB.

As part of the sponsorship, PepsiCo maintains "exclusive rights within the non-alcoholic beverage, sports fuel and salty snack categories to use MLB marks and logos."

In addition, PepsiCo said it has alliances with more than half of the MLB teams and has more than a dozen MLB athletes as marketing endorsers.

PepsiCo brands named as official MLB sponsors include Pepsi, Gatorade, Aquafina, Frito-Lay Seeds, Cracker Jack and Lay's. Financial terms were not disclosed.

PepsiCo said it would continue to "create local and national MLB fan marketing programs, integrate into the league's TV assets, work with the league's mobile and digital properties through its long-standing partnership with MLB Advanced Media, produce retail promotional opportunities with its customers and activate at marquee MLB events" such as the All-Star Game and World Series.

"MLB is a terrific PepsiCo partner and provides a strong platform to activate our food and beverage brands in ways that benefit the League, our retail customers and baseball fans across the country," Jennifer Storms, svp-global sports marketing for PepsiCo, said in a statement "Opening Day marks the start of a busy selling season for many PepsiCo brands and we're delighted to continue our relationship with one of the world's most iconic sports properties."

Included in new marketing will be a campaign from Gatorade to support the launch of its Fierce subline starring Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, who has just signed as a brand endorser.

Pepsi will unveil "For the Thrill of the Game"  under its umbrella "Live for Now" campaign, which will focus on the "excitement and passion" that baseball fans have for the game. Aquafina will add to its destination as the "official water of Major League Baseball" by becoming the "official sponsor of the Seventh Inning Stretch," with support that includes on-package promotions.

Frito-Lay brands, including Lay's, Cracker Jack and Frito-Lay Sunflower Seeds will have sampling and other promotional efforts throughout the season. Frito-Lay will also develop team specific POP displays in select markets where it has a team sponsorship, according to the company.

According to Tim Brosnan, evp-business for MLB, "PepsiCo has been a tremendous supporter of Major League Baseball for nearly two decades. PepsiCo will enhance the fan experience at the ballpark and at retail with promotions across its food and beverage portfolio. As one of baseball's great rising stars, Bryce Harper is a perfect selection by Gatorade as a brand endorser."

"PepsiCo will enhance the fan experience at the ballpark and at retail with promotions across its food and beverage portfolio."

The push comes on the heels of what PepsiCo called the launch of the "biggest worldwide, integrated marketing campaign" for its Global Snacks Group. The Lay's brand push stars soccer icon Lionel Messi and will lead to the FIFA World Cup in June-July (for which rival Coca-Cola is an official marketing partner). Elements include TV, out-of-home, POP, Internet, social media and packaging with Messi's image. (See the full spot here.)

“We are proud to deliver the first-ever global equity integrated marketing campaign for Lay’s using the universally beloved game of football as our backdrop,”  Lorraine Chow Hansen, president, PepsiCo Global Snacks Group, said in a statement.

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