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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Oct182018

Brady Still Rules, But Mahomes Making Mark With Top-Selling NFL Merchandise

By Barry Janoff

October 18, 2018: Patrick Mahomes is making an impact in the NFL during his sophomore year, quarterbacking the Kansas City Chiefs to one of the best records in the league with stats that have him at or near the top of most charts.

The 24-year-old is also making an impact in NFL merchandise sales.

Mahomes, who played for three seasons at Texas Tech before being drafted by the Chiefs in 2017 is a fan favorite with college merchandise, topped sales of all women’s collegiate fashion tops from G-III Apparel Group.

His overall merchandise sales have him at No. 42 among all NFL players in sales of all licensed NFL merchandise during the off-season through the pre-season (March 1-Aug. 31), according to new figures from the NFL Players Assn.

His standing among the Top 50 best-selling NFL player merchandise is certain to rise with the release of in-season sales numbers, especially if his 2018 performance continues.

However, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reclaimed the top spot in overall sales after finishing No. 2 to Nick Foles on the first quarter list.

The NFLPA did not release specific sales from retail merchandise.

Revenue from all 32 NFL teams was a record $13.7 billion in 2017, according to industry analysts, up from $13.1 billion in 2016 and $12.2 billion in 2015.

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott topped jersey sales and New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had the leading collegiate co-branded Fathead wall decals, according the the NFLPA.

Overall, 21 quarterbacks were among the Top 50 best sellers on the list, followed by running backs with ten.

Wide receivers occupied eight slots, and tight ends had three.

On the defensive side, eight players made the Top 50 list this quarter,

According to the NFLPA, “Brady is the only player to top the NFLPA’s quarterly Top 50 Players Sales List six different times — including twice as year-end retail king.”

This also marks a record 13th appearance for Brady in the Top Three since the Player Sales List’s inception in 2014, and he has never ranked outside of the top nine.

In specific categories, Brady led all players in socks sold by Strideline, FBF Originals and Freaker; Funko Pop! Vinyl sales; cornhole boards sold by Victory Tailgate and Wild Sports; licensed headwear from Lids and New Era; and jigsaw puzzles by MasterPieces.

He had to settle for No. 2  behind Prescott in jersey sales, including men’s, women’s and children’s versions.

Philadelphia Eagles QB and Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles sold the most autographed memorabilia from Fanatics Authentic and The Highland Mint, twice as much as the next closest player, Brady.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson sold more licensed novelty products by Wincraft than any other player, including buttons, clocks, drinkware, flags, banners, jewelry, luggage tags, tattoos, towels and welcome mats.

The NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List is a verified ranking of all officially licensed, NFL player-branded merchandise sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by over 70 NFLPA licensees.

They include Nike, Fanatics, Outerstuff, Fathead, McFarlane Toys, FOCO, Wincraft and Funko. Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys and T-shirts, player murals, figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, drinkware, jewelry and and electronic device accessories.

The Top 10 among all licensed product sold:

1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
2. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
5. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
6. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
7. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
8. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

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