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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Dec142016

Chris Paul Joins Spalding To 'Honor The Game' For Hoops 125th Anniversary

By Barry Janoff

Originally Published in MediaPost

December 14, 2016: According to official documents, the first game of basketball was played on Dec. 21, 1891 in Springfield, Mass. under the auspices of Dr. James Naismith, the man who brought hoops to life.

To help celebrate the 125th anniversary of basketball, Spalding today will launch a multi-media campaign, "Honor the Game," which features new spokesman Chris Paul, all-star guard with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Spalding, the official basketball (and backboard) of the NBA and a "partner of the sport for more than a century," said the effort is intended to "honor the game that has challenged, inspired and awakened the competitive spirit in all of us."

The campaign will focus around a digital "call-to-action" effort directing basketball fans to share posts and stories on how they will honor the game and the 125th anniversary of basketball.

It includes social media at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with the hash tags #TrueBelievers and #125HoopYears; as well as via partnerships with the NBA, Slam Magazine, ABC digital networks and "other strategic partners."

Paul and other Spalding endorsers such as DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) will appear in digital and print ads and in-store signage.

Spalding’s lead agency is Walton Isaacson.

Spalding, a division of Russell Brands, has produced a limited-edition of 125 commemorative basketballs, which will be part of the visual aspects of the campaign during activations at various games and hoops destinations nationwide.

After the campaign, Spalding said that the balls would be given to "key members of the basketball community, influencers and partners of the Spalding brand."

In an open letter, "Thank-You Basketball," Spalding writes, "For 125 years you’ve been a force that has challenged, inspired and awakened the competitor in all of us. From the blacktop to the hardwood,  you are something different to everyone. A classroom. A battlefield. A sanctuary. Thank you for being a vivid reminder of what hard work and determination can produce."

"We are extremely proud of our storied history with the game of basketball," Kenyatta Bynoe, vp-global brand marketing and partnerships for Spalding, said in a statement. "From developing the first basketball for official use to being the official basketball of the NBA for 33 years, basketball is core to what we do.

"Our latest campaign, 'Honor the Game,' will ignite a conversation around the impact the sport has had on the entire basketball community. We look forward to continuing to grow the game on a global stage and sharing the experience for the next 125 years," said Bynoe.

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