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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Aug182014

Ex-Boxing Champ Vinny Pazienza Back In Action On Screen, In Marketing Ring

By Barry Janoff

August 17, 2014: During a boxing career that covered more than 20 years, Vinny Paz — who was born Vinny Pazienza, aka The Pazmanian Devil — amassed a 50-10 record, including 30 KOS. Along the way he earned such titles as the IBF World Lightweight crown, WBA World Light-Middleweight crown, IBO World Super-Middleweight crown, IBC World Super-Middleweight crown and the WBC International Super-Middleweight crown.

In late 1991, Paz was involved in a car accident in which he broke his neck. Although he said that doctors told him he would never walk, let alone fight, again, he was back in the ring, working with trainer Kevin Rooney, just over a year later. His boxing career continued for another decade but wound down after 2001, with only one fight in 2002 and one in 2004, which became his 50th and final career win.

Since then, Paz has largely been out of the public spotlight. But now, Paz is coming back on several fronts.

A movie based on his life, Bleed For This, is currently being filmed with release scheduled for 2015. It stars Miles Teller as Paz and Aaron Eckhart as Rooney, under the auspices of executive producer Martin Scorsese.

Paz also is at the center of a multi-media campaign for Wocket, a next-generation smart wallet from NXT-ID designed to replace all the cards in your wallet.

According to the Shelton, Conn.-based company, Paz is part of a celebrity ad campaign, "Get to Know Wocket," where he will explain how the product is designed to "protect your identity and replace all the cards in your wallet, with no smart phone required."

"We are delighted that notable celebrities from movies, music and sports are excited about the Wocket and are willing to lend their support to get the word out."

The Wocket can hold information for more than 10,000 cards (such as credit, debit, ATM, loyalty, gift, ID, membership, insurance, ticket, emergency, medical, business) and coupons and 100 voice commands. NXT-ID said it "works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval."

Singer/actor Joey Fatone ('N Sync) has appeared in previous marketing.

"We are delighted that notable celebrities from movies, music and sports are excited about the Wocket and are willing to lend their support to get the word out about putting a wocket in your pocket!" Gino Pereira, CEO for NXT-ID,  said in a statement. "They certainly give a level of comfort and familiarity to a consumer that is still learning about the Wocket in our current advance ordering phase. We look forward to putting Wockets in the consumer's pocket this fall."

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