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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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May122017

Play It Forward: WNBA GM’s Pick Lynx To Win Title, Delle Donne MVP, Plum ROY

By Barry Janoff

May 10, 2017: In anticipation of the 2017 WNBA season, which begins this weekend, 12 GMs across the league participated in the 15th Annual WNBA.com GM Survey, predicting such outcomes as league champion, MVP, most impactful off-season moves, top coach, top players by position, most under-rated player, toughest player and best international player.

The Minnesota Lynx were picked to win the franchise’s fourth WNBA championship in seven years, and Elena Delle Donne, who was traded to the Washington Mystics during the off-season, was selected as the favorite for WNBA Most Valuable Player.

The WNBA also unveiled a new partnership that makes FanDuel the league’s first official, one-day fantasy partner of the WNBA.

According to the WNBA, people will be able to access the "official one-day fantasy game of the WNBA" and compete against others for daily WNBA prizes, including courtside tickets to regular season games, WNBA experiences, merchandise and memorabilia.

The official one-day fantasy game, available throughout the entire WNBA regular season and playoffs, is free to all fans via FanDuel.com, the FanDuel app and WNBA.com, according to the league. (Details here.)

"We are constantly looking to innovate by finding new opportunities to engage with our passionate fans and introduce the WNBA to wider audiences," WNBA president Lisa Borders said in a statement. "This partnership with FanDuel and our new one-day fantasy game will be a fresh, unique way for fans to further connect with their favorite WNBA players and teams throughout our season."

Along with the official one-day fantasy game, between May 13-20, people will have access to the "WNBA Tip-Off Challenge," a series of special edition, free-to-play games for the chance to win WNBA Store credit, tickets to WNBA games, and a grand prize fan experience including courtside seats to the WNBA Finals with a basketball legend.

According to the WNBA.com GM Survey, Washington’s acquisition of Delle Donne and its signing of veteran free agent guard Kristi Toliver, who helped the Los Angeles Sparks win the title last season, were seen as the biggest moves of the off-season by 92% of GMs.

The same number also considered Delle Donne to be the one player acquisition who will make the biggest impact, while 67% named the Mystics as the most improved team.

In addition to being selected as the championship favorite, the Lynx were named the team with the best home-court advantage (58%) while the Sparks were tapped as the "most fun team" to watch (25%).

Delle Donne, the 2015 MVP while with the Chicago Sky, was named as the player most likely to win the 2017 MVP by 42%of the GMs, followed by the New York Liberty’s Tina Charles (25%), 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Sparks (17%) , teammate Candace Parker (8%) and Minnesota’s Maya Moore (8%).

Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, was favored to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors by 92% of the GMs.

Moore, a former WNBA MVP and Finals MVP, was voted as the player the GMs would want taking a shot with the game on the line (58%) the best finisher (33%) the best at creating her own shot (33%); and the most dangerous in the open floor (33%).

Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm, now in her 16th season: was the top vote-getter in five categories: best passer (75%), the player who would make the best head coach (75%), the player who is best at making her teammates better (67%), the player with the best basketball IQ (50%) and the best leader (50%).

Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury was named the best guard (67%) and best pure shooter (58%).

Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve, the reigning WNBA Coach of the Year and a two-time winner of the award, was chosen as the best manager/motivator (42%) and best head coach (33%).

Breanna Stewart of the Storm, the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year, received the most votes as the player with whom to start a franchise (33%). 

The Atlanta Dream’s Damiris Dantas was named as the international player most likely to have a breakout season (25%)

See the full survey results here.

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