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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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May042015

Off Course: Tiger Woods. Lindsey Vonn Say They Are No Longer A Golf Twosome

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

May 4, 2015: As they say in Hollywood, Ti-Lind is no more.

Golf star Tiger Woods and world-renowned skier Lindsey Vonn revealed on their respective Web and social media sites on Sunday that their three-year relationship has come to an end.

That also put to an end thoughts that companies might have had of pairing them in marketing efforts.

Unlike some high-profile couple break-ups, this one dissolved mutually and with the participants showing mutual respective for the other.

"Lindsey and I have mutually decided to stop dating," Tiger Woods wrote on his Web site of the three-year relationship.

"I have great admiration, respect and love for Lindsey and I'll always cherish our time together. She has been amazing with Sam and Charlie and my entire family."

The two were seen at The Masters last month along with Woods' kids. That scene, as it now seems, was the exception rather than the norm.

"Unfortunately, we lead very hectic lives and are both competing in demanding sports," wrote woods. "It's difficult to spend time together."

On her Facebook page, Vonn wrote, "After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship. I will always cherish the memories that we've created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart."

The two made a substantial marketing couple, although they never appeared together in ads or endorsements.

Though down from a high of about $120 million in annual endorsements, Woods' current marketing roster — valued at some $35 million by industry analysts — includes Rolex, MusclePharm, Kowa, Nike Golf and Upper Deck.

Vonn's endorsement deals, put at some $3-$5 million, include Under Armour, Oakley, Red Bull, Head and GoPro.

The split comes as Woods has amped-up his playing schedule by committing to six tournaments, beginning this week with The Players Championship in Florida and followed by The Memorial in Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (June 4-7) and the 115th U.S. Open in Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash. (June 18-21).

He also said he would play in the Greenbrier Classic, the Open Championship and the Quicken Loans National.

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