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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

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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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Mar082018

YouTube TV Extends With MLB Beyond World Series, Adds NBA TV To Roster

By Barry Janoff

March 8, 2018: MLB broke marketing ground last season when it signed YouTube TV as the first presenting sponsor for the World Series.

That alliance will continue for at least two more seasons, with MLB extending and expanding its deal with YouTube TV, including presenting sponsorship of the World Series in 2018 and 2019.

The extended partnership also offers expanded baseball coverage to all YouTube TV members with the addition of MLB Network to its channel lineup, beginning immediately.

YouTube TV said that members will in the future be able to add MLB.tv streaming service in the U.S., for an additional fee.

YouTube TV, a division of Google, also unveiled a deal with NBA TV, adding the hoops destination to a roster that now includes more than 50 networks.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

YouTube TV said it again plans to use MLB players in its marketing, which will national TV spots, on-air call-outs during games, branding across MLB’s digital properties and official social media accounts and in-stadium promotion.

YouTube TV will also partner with MLB on a new season-long sponsorship, “First Pitch,”  which will see YouTube TV activate during the first pitches of games on MLB Network and MLB.tv, with support on MLB.com and MLB social channels.

“YouTube brought tremendous creativity, marketing energy and innovation to the most exciting part of our year, the Postseason and World Series,” Noah Garden, MLB evp-commerce, said in a statement.

“Their engagement with our young fans, rising stars and clubs showed that YouTube TV is a natural partner for our sport and we’re proud to build on this groundbreaking relationship. And with the addition of MLB Network and the upcoming launch of MLB.tv on the platform, our fans’ options to consume baseball continue to grow.,” said Garden.

YouTube TV channels also include ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, ESPN, AMC, FX, FXX, Disney Channel (plus Disney Jr. and XD), E!, USA, Bravo, Syfy, MSNBC, Telemundo, Sprout, Freeform and NatGeo.

According to Angela Courtin, global head of YouTube TV & Originals Marketing, “Our historic partnership with MLB was a first of its kind. From live programming morphing into a YouTube TV spot, to prominent in-stadium placements, our innovative partnership allowed us to build awareness for YouTube TV and have a voice during one of the biggest live sporting events of the year.

“MLB has been a great long-term partner and we are excited to renew our World Series partnership as well as play a role in games throughout the season with the inaugural First Pitch sponsorship, bringing more ways for fans to enjoy their favorite teams cable-free with YouTube TV.”

“Their engagement with our young fans, rising stars and clubs showed that YouTube TV is a natural partner for our sport."

MLB has signed other significant deals heading into the 2018 season, including Snapple, SuperCuts and Mitel as its “official business technology and communications partner.”

MLB hit a record one-season mark last year, with sponsorship deals totaling a record $892 million in 2017, up 7.9% from $827 million in 2016 and up nearly $230 million from 2013, according  to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

"The increase in spending was also driven by first-time presenting sponsorship alliances for the playoffs and World Series," including a multi-platform alliance with Camping World (ALCS and NLCS) and several of its divisions; Doosan (ALDS), T-Mobile (NLDS), W.B. Mason (presenting sponsor of replay review) and YouTube TV (World Series), according to the ESP Properties 2017 MLB Sponsorship Report.

MLB sponsorship has risen steadily over the past several years, from $663 million in 2013,  $695 million in 2014, $778 million in 2015 and $827 million in 2016.

YouTube TV Signs With MLB As First Presenting Sponsor For World Series

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