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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Vizio Charges Into College Football Playoff With Title Sponsorship Of Fiesta Bowl

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

October 29, 2014: Electronics firm Vizio, which from 2010-2014 was title sponsor of the Rose Bowl, remains part of the new College Football Playoff as the new title sponsor for the Fiesta Bowl, one of the "New Year's Six" Bowls in the system.

The 2014 Vizio Fiesta Bowl will be played on Dec. 31 in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, to air on ESPN.

The company also becomes title sponsor of the 2014 Vivzio Fiesta Bowl Fan Fest earlier that day on the Great Lawn at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The pact was handled by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, which owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide,

Vizio replaces Tostitos for the 44th Fiesta Bowl, which had been title sponsor since 1996.

Vizio will support the alliance with multimedia marketing, including TV, print, Internet, in-stadium signage and social media, the latter anchored by Vizio's Fandemonium Web site — VizioFanZone.com an online social community "created to gives fans the opportunity to rally together, share and express their enthusiasm for sports and other passion points." Among the activations will be a ticket sweepstakes that "will award one college football super fan with a VIP trip to the Vizio Fiesta Bowl." (Details not yet available.)

"As a proud supporter of college football on ESPN since 2006, we're excited to be a part of the inaugural season of the new playoff system as the title sponsor of the Fiesta Bowl," Lily Knowles, vp-product marketing for Vizio, said in a statement. "Football remains one of the most beloved shared entertainment experiences at home and because of this, Vizio keeps football top of mind as we design our TVs and audio products."

"Football is one of the most beloved shared entertainment experiences at home and Vizio keeps football top of mind as we design our TVs and audio products."

According to Ed Erhardt, President, ESPN global customer marketing and sales, "Vizio's Fiesta Bowl title sponsorship is a great extension of the brand's prior status as an official BCS Sponsor and title sponsor for the 2014 BCS National Championship Game and further illustrates their commitment to college football. With this expanded presence, Vizio will have exposure to and be engaged with passionate college football fans at the height of the College Football Playoff."

The College Football Playoff will rotate each year among six Bowls: the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Vizio Fiesta Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Cotton Bowl. The championship game this season will be played in AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, on Jan. 12, 2015.

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