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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Feb242016

With Eye On Olympics, Under Armour Begins Next Evolution Of 'Rule Yourself'

By Barry Janoff

February 23, 2016: This past summer, Under Armour launched its "Rule Yourself" global multi-platform campaign with creative that included NFL quarterback Tom Brady, ballet star Misty Copeland, NBA MVP Stephen Curry and top-ranked golfer Jordan Spieth.

The sports gear and footwear company this week continues and expands upon the campaign with Manchester United star Memphis Depay, members of the USA Gymnastics Women’s National Team and Olympic swimming icon Michael Phelps.

Depay, Phelps and the USA Women's Gymnastics Team all are hoping to play roles in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

According to Under Armour, this next evolution of the campaign "underscores the brand's vision of training as the focal point of an athlete's everyday life . . . Driven by the theme of JOMO (the joy of missing out) and the tagline "It's What You Do in the Dark That Puts You in the Light"  (it) highlights the sacrifices these athletes make — and the elation they feel — when wholly dedicated to training for their sport."

Media buy includes spots on ESPN, NBC, ABC, MTV, and Turner. Support includes Internet and social media via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

Spots starring Depay (identified in the ads via his Netherlands birthplace rather than ManU as his club has an official alliance with Under Armour rival adidas) and the USA Women's Gymnastics Team broke this week. Phelps is due to hit in March.

Lead agency is Droga5, NY.

People can also download UA Record to join Under Armour's fitness community via iTunes and Google Play.

Under Armour in January reported a 28% growth in net revenue to $3.96 billion and 31% growth of net revenue in Q4 to $1.1 billion, with chairman and CEO Kevin Plank specifically citing the business generated by and marketing support for such endorsers as Curry, Spieth, Copeland and Brady.

The newest chapter of our 'Rule Yourself' campaign is the natural evolution of Under Armour's training ethos," Adrienne Lofton, svp-global brand marketing for Baltimore-based Under Armour. "As a company built by athletes, we truly understand an athlete's never-ending quest to reach greatness and we want to showcase and honor their sacrifices."

According to Steve Penny, president for USA Gymnastics, "When Under Armour brought the 'Rule Yourself' concept forward, it really spoke to who our athletes are and the drive it takes to be the best. Our gymnasts dedicate the majority of every day to training and school, often beginning before everyone wakes up and after everyone has gone to bed, all to be the best they possibly can be.

"This commitment is demonstrated day in and day out for years, with the ultimate goal of achieving perfection, and that attitude and determination are what Under Armour understands better than anyone else," said Penny.

Under Armour's roster of endorsers also includes Cam Newton, Andy Murray, Lindsey Vohn, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, recently signed Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and a line endorsed by Muhammad Ali.

"As a company built by athletes, we truly understand an athlete's never-ending quest to reach greatness and we want to showcase and honor their sacrifices."

This past September, Under Armour signed a multi-year extension with the NFL regarding the NFL Scouting Combine, a deal that dates back to 2009.

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is being held this week in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The agreement means that Under Armour maintains "exclusive rights as the NFL Scouting Combine's official apparel outfitter," and also will unveil an "expanded line of officially licensed Combine apparel for consumers."

"By providing this peek behind the curtain of our athlete's lives, we hope to inspire young athletes all over the world to push beyond their perceived limitations in order to achieve their ultimate goals," said Lofton. "We truly believe it's what athletes do in the dark, when no one is watching, that ultimately puts them in the spotlight they deserve."

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