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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Jan172018

Curry, LeBron, 76ers Setting The Pace Among NBA Jersey, Merchandise Sales

By Barry Janoff

January 16, 2018: Nike is in its first year of an eight-year deal, valued at $1 billion, as the official on-court jersey provider for the NBA.

The switch (from adidas) came with significant changes, including the Nike “Swoosh’ and jersey ad patches, as well as the NBA eliminating its traditional "home" and "road" uniform designations and replacing them with four jersey editions: the Association, Icon, Statement and City.

The switch also came with design flaws, mainly jerseys tearing and ripping during games, which Nike said it is resolving.

But something that hasn’t changed: Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have the best-selling jerseys; and the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have the best-selling team merchandise.

Perhaps a surprise to some: The Philadelphia 76ers are No. 3 in sales of team merchandise.

Results were released just shy of mid-season and the All-Star Game, based on NBAStore.com sales from October-December 2017.

Sales figures themselves were not released.

Following Curry, James and Durant at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, there was some change among the Top 15.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 4 hit his highest jersey-sales ranking.

Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks rounded out the Top 5.

Rookie Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers was up at No. 11 in his first NBA jersey sales list.
 
The resurgent Sixers placed two players among the Top Ten: No 6. Joel Embiid and No. 8 Ben Simmons.

Sandwiched in between them at No. 7 is reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kyrie Irving’s jersey was No. 12 in his first season with the Boston Celtics following a trade from Cleveland. Jimmy Butler, in his first season with the Minnesota Timberwolves after an off-season trade from the Chicago Bulls, was No. 15 in jersey sales.

The 76ers rang up hot sellers among team merchandise, coming in No. 3 behind the Warriors and Cavaliers. According to the NBA, the last time the team placed that high was during the 2003-04 NBA season.

Most Popular NBA Jerseys (October-December 2017)
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
6. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. James Harden, Houston Rockets
11. Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers
12. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
13. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
14. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
15. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves

Most Popular Team Merchandise (October-December 2017)
1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. Milwaukee Bucks
7. Boston Celtics
8. San Antonio Spurs
9. Chicago Bulls
10. Oklahoma City Thunder
Source: NBAStore.com

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