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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Jun032010

Despite Turmoil, EA Sports Stays The Course With New Tiger Woods Marketing

Tiger Woods gets advice from NFL coaching legend Mike Ditka in new EA Sports campaign.June 3, 2010: Tiger Woods, who is still dealing with personal problems off the golf course, remains a viable spokesman on the course, at least in the eyes of EA Sports. The videogame company, which has remained one of Woods' staunchest supporters during histime of personal trouble, puts the golfer front and center alongside former NFL coach Mike Ditka and other golfers in a new campaign for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11.

A TV spot will launch on June 3 on ABC during Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Woods also will be featured in a series of videos breaking online this week.

Support includes ESPN.com, SI.com, FoxSports.com, SportingNews.com and Sports.Yahoo.com. The campaign was created by Heat, San Francisco. Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, is the media agency. Spend for the campaign was not disclosed.

This is the second new spot featuring Woods since a Thanksgiving Day accident led to the unraveling of his personal life. A Nike commercial with Woods was released during the Masters in April. Woods has lost about $30 million in endorsement deals from Accenture, AT&T and PepsiCo's Gatorade.

EA Sports, however, has unveiled two new products since December. According to the company, since the release of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99, Tiger Woods' videogames have sold more than 25 million units worldwide.

"He has sponsors, but our role with him is much bigger than that. His name is on our product. He is in our product." — Peter Moore, EA Sports

"He has sponsors, but our role with him is much bigger than that. His name is on our product. He is in our product," Peter Moore, president of EA Sports, told NYSportsJournalism during an earlier interview. "This is much different from other companies that have used him mainly as an endorsement figurehead. There has never been any doubt that Tiger Woods is currently the greatest golfer in the world and will be so until someone proves that otherwise. Over the past 12 years there has been a great mutual relationship between Tiger Woods and EA and we intend for that to continue."

EA Sports said that the campaign's concept is “All the excitement of team sports meets golf . . .  now with team play.” Tag: “Welcome to team golf.” The campaign breaks to coincide with Woods defending his title at the Memorial Tournament.

In the TV spot, which will air in 30- and 60-second versions, crowds reminiscent of football and soccer games cheer on Team America (Tiger and Rickie Fowler) taking on Team Europe (Ian Poulter and Edoardo Molinari). Ditka calls Team America in for a huddle and advises in football terms, "Tiger, we're going to lay out and make sure we get the putt." When Woods sinks the winning putt, cheerleaders go wild and the crowd reacts similarly to a sign that reads, "Go crazy." (Watch it here.)

EA Sports mash-up in new videos, with curlers guding Tiger Woods' shot into the hole.Also breaking online beginning this week are five hybrid team sport/golf videos. In them, curling sweepers guide Tiger’s putt to the hole, Team Europe shoots basketball three-pointers with a pitching wedge, a hockey goalie stops three Ian Poulter drives-on-goal (on a fourth he scores) and a soccer netminder leaps to block Tiger’s putt. An omnibus combines all those sports, plus football. The voiceover for all online videos is ESPN announcer Scott Van Pelt.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 for Xbox, PlayStation and Wii is scheduled to hit retailers on June 8.

"We’ve taken a much different approach than Nike did in their well-publicized TV spot that aired during the Masters in April," Moore wrote on his EA Sports blog. "But after a tumultuous six months, both off-and now on-the course, we were ready to see the world’s best golfer smiling, laughing and having fun, something that you’ll see in abundance in these creative spots."

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