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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Mar122019

Chad ‘OchoCinco’ Johnson Is Back In Action, Wearing No. 85, On The Soccer Pitch

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

March 12, 2019:
Chad Johnson, who played in the NFL for 11 seasons between 2001-2011 and made six Pro Bowls — some as Chad OchoCinco — is making a comeback at the age of 41.

Not in the NFL, AAF or XFL, but with the Boca Raton Football Club.

Johnson, a native of south Florida, had a trial run with the club last season, but now has signed on full-time.

His 2019 debut is scheduled for March 16 when Boca Raton FC faces Port Saint Lucie United in the season opener of the United Premier Soccer League.

“I'm really excited to join the team and contribute in any way possible," Johnson said via the club.

“For me, this is more than just an opportunity but a dream come true that I was never able to fulfill during my childhood.”

Johnson brings with him a solid social media following, including more than 3.35 million on Twitter, 1.8 million on Facebook and 1.2 million on Instagram.

Johnson started five games for Boca Raton FC last season, recording a goal and two assists.

He will wear No. 85, which he wore in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals for ten years, even legally changing his name to Chad “OchoCinco” for several years before changing it back.

During the 2011 NFL lockout, he spent some time with MLS Sporting Kansas City.

According to Jim Rooney, head coach for Boca Raton FC, "Chad is a tremendous athlete. He has proven himself in the gridiron and will now prove himself in the soccer pitch.

“Chad has had some great training and preseason matches with us and we are excited to continue this journey with him.”

Boca Raton FC is a semi-professional soccer team playing in the United Premier Soccer League, National Premier Soccer League, Florida Gold Coast League and Beaches Adult Soccer League.

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