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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Jun252018

Back On The Front Line: David Ortiz Returns To MLB As Analyst For Fox Sports

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 25, 2018:
David Ortiz has been anything but quiet since he retirement from MLB after the 2016 season, but now “Big Papi; has a license to speak after signing a multi-year deal to appear as a studio analyst for Fox.

Ortiz, who contributed as studio analyst throughout Fox Sports’ coverage of the 2017 post-season, is scheduled to make his 2018 debut during the network’s coverage of the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard from Nationals Park in Washington, DC. on July 17.

In his expanded role, Fox said that Ortiz would contribute to Fox Sports’ spring training, regular season, All-Star Game, post-season and World Series coverage.

As he did during the 2017 post-season, Ortiz will work with Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez and host Kevin Burkhardt during MLB on Fox.

“Big Papi brings a level of excitement and knowledge that balances nicely with Alex, Frank and Kevin,”  John Entz, Fox Sports president of production & executive producer, said in a statement.

“David is incredibly likable and has unbelievable post-season experience. And we think we’re set in the hitter department.”

Prior to his retirement, Ortiz made his broadcasting debut during the 2014 World Series, for Games 1 and 2, as a guest studio analyst for Fox Sports.

Ortiz has given new meaning to the word “retirement” since leaving MLB after 20 seasons with 541 career home runs (plus 17 in the post-season) and 1,768 RBIs and being selected to ten All-Star Games.

Ortiz spend six years with the Minnesota Twins and played 14 years with the Boston Red Sox, winning with the Red Sox three World Series championships: 2004, 2007 and 2013.

He also has been involved in numerous endeavors: promoting cigars, beer, chips, salsa, T-shirts and The David Ortiz Children's Fund; going golfing; attending World Series games; and appearing in campaigns including John Hancock, JetBlue, TurboTax, Dunkin’ Donuts, MLBAM, ESPN, Omaze, Skechers and Amazon.

In May 2017 he released his book, Papi: My Story.

According to Ortiz, “I had a lot of fun working for Fox Sports during the post-season last year and am pumped up to get back in the studio with Kevin, Alex, Frank and our leader behind-the-scenes, coordinating producer Bardia Shah-Rais.”

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