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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Nov192018

Rivera, Halladay Headline 2019 Baseball Hall Of Fame First-Year Nominees

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

November 19, 2019: The Baseball Hall of Fame nominees for the Class of 2019 were unveiled today, including 20 players on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot for the first time.

The election results will be unveiled Jan. 22, live on MLB Network.

Those elected will be inducted on Sunday, July 21 in the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, NY.

On the ballot for the first time:

Rick Ankiel, Jason Bay, Lance Berkman, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland, Travis Hafner, Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Ted Lilly, Derek Lowe, Darren Oliver, Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitte, Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Mariano Rivera, Miguel Tejada, Vernon Wells, Kevin Youkilis and Michael Young.

Halliday would be inducted posthumously, having passed away in November 2017 in a plane accident.

The BBWAA has elected at least two Hall of Fame candidates in five straight years and a total of 16 candidates during that time.

No five-year period in history has resulted in as many BBWAA electees, with the previous high of 13 coming in the five-year period from 1952-56. according to the Hall of Fame.

That was also the last time the BBWAA elected at least two candidates five years in a row.

Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of all ballots cast will earn election to the Hall of Fame.

Fifteen retired players return to the 2019 BBWAA ballot after receiving at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017.

Among returnees on the BBWAA ballot, Edgar Martinez, who received 70.4% of the vote in 2018, makes his tenth and final appearance on the BBWAA ballot this year, as does Fred McGriff (23.2%).

• Edgar Martínez 70.4% 10th year
• Mike Mussina 63.5% 6th year
• Roger Clemens 57.3% 7th year
• Barry Bonds 56.4% 7th year
• Curt Schilling 51.2% 6th year
• Omar Vizquel 37% 2nd year
• Larry Walker 34.1% 9th year
• Fred McGriff 23.2% 10th year
• Manny Ramírez 22% 3rd year
• Jeff Kent 14.5% 6th year
• Gary Sheffield 11.1% 5th year
• Billy Wagner 11.1% 4th year
• Scott Rolen 10.2% 2nd year
• Sammy Sosa 7.8% 7th year
• Andruw Jones 7.3% 2nd year

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