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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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May182017

WWE Launches Marketing Alliance With Rocket League To Build eSports Connection

By Barry Janoff

(Originally published in MediaPost)

May 18, 2017: In an effort to broaden its alliance with a key demographic, WWE has signed a deal with Psyonix to have the company’s popular video game, online and eSports platform Rocket League integrated into marketing and live events.

The association begins this weekend when Rocket League will be a presenting partner for Backlash on May 21 (PPV).

Rocket League will also be a presenting sponsor for Great Balls of Fire on July 9 (PPV) as well as WWE’s summer tentpole event, SummerSlam, scheduled for Aug. 20 in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Psyonix said that Rocket League has a participant and fan base of more than 31 million worldwide.

"The integrated partnership with Psyonix will provide Rocket League with an opportunity to utilize WWE’s global platforms and reach our passionate fan base, many of whom are avid gamers," said John Brody, evp-global sales & partnerships for WWE. "We look forward to working with Rocket League as we collectively build customized one-stop shopping programs to reach their consumers."

In addition to its sponsorship role, Rocket League creative will air across WWE Network, WWE’s digital and social channels, and on WWE’s flagship TV programs Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live on USA Network.

WWE said that through this new partnership, fans at its upcoming live events would have the opportunity to "experience and play Rocket League at arenas across the U.S."

Rocket League is described by Psyonix as "a high-powered hybrid game of soccer using rocket-powered cars" to score goals.

In addition to individual game play, there are regional competitions among Rocket League teams, and there is an eSports Pro Rocket League under the auspices of Major League Gaming.

The key demographic for the game is 15-34, also a strategic target of growth for WWE.

According to Jeremy Dunham, vp-publishing, for San Diego-based Psyonix, "As WWE fans ourselves, we are well aware of WWE’s strong capabilities as a strategic marketing partner.

"WWE has proven time and again that they know how to execute fantastic integrated programming, and with an audience that has similar interests to our own, it was only natural that we team up to see what we could do together."

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