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• 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.

• Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels, allowing Prime members to subscribe to MLB.TV and stream regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand, all from the Prime Video service.

• 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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WWE Has Plans To Cover Brooklyn With Festivities For SummerSlam 2018

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

August 7, 2018: Do you believe that WWE would have a major event in Brooklyn, NY, and not host a mega-party with plenty of Brooklyn landmarks and food to end all parties?

Fugetaboutit!

SummerSlam 2018  is Aug. 19 in Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, which will stream live on WWE Network (7 PM ET).

Marketing partners include Cricket Wireless and MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2018.

SummerSlam is scheduled to feature the likes of Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Jeff Hardy, Nakamura, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Finn Baylor, Baron Corbin; and two much-anticipated confrontations on the women’s side: Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey for the Women’s Raw championship and Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch for the Women’s SmackDown Live title.

But the event will be the culmination of days of activation in Brooklyn, the fourth consecutive year the borough has hosted SummerSlam.

As part of WWE’s SummerSlam Week, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon will appear at a special "Meet & Greet with the WWE Universe" in Barclays Center, Friday, Aug. 17, with proceeds benefiting Connor’s Cure, a pediatric cancer fund started in 2014 by Triple H and McMahnon in 2014 to honor WWE fan Connor Michalek, who passed away that year at the age of 9.

On her Twitter account, McMahon said the sold-out event has already raised $30,000.

The MiLB Brooklyn Cyclones and WWE have partnered for SummerSlam Night at MCU Park on Thursday, Aug. 16, also raising funds for Connor’s Cure.

As part of the night’s action, the Cyclones will wear special Connor’s Cure jerseys featuring the “championship belt” style logo around the waste and beads on the sleeves inspired by the Connor’s Cure Bracelets that are sold to benefit the fund.

Ten jerseys will be raffled off that evening in park with the remaining items available at the Cyclones Web site. (Details here.)

The auction will start Friday, Aug. 17 at Noon (ET). 

Fans will be able to purchase a $20 ticket, which will include a Field Box Ticket, Connor’s Cure Bracelet and charitable donation. For each package sold, a bracelet will also be donated to a children’s hospital. (Details here.)

Several WWE stars are scheduled to join the Cyclones at the ballpark that night.

Among other SummerSlam’s week of the Brooklyn takeover will be hospital visits, a "Be a STAR" Bullying Prevention Rally, Make-A-Wish and interaction with other New York teams, which last year included the Yankees and Mets; as well as ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

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