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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Oct152018

Mtn. Dew Heats Up NBA Activation With Ice, Marketing, WNBA ROY A'ja Wilson

By Barry Janoff

October 15, 2018: Mountain Dew is upping the ante on several fronts to support its status as an official NBA partner, signing a bevy of young stars, enhancing activation and adding the first woman hoops player to its endorsement roster —  WNBA Rookie of the Year A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces.

The PepsiCo brand, which already has deals with such NBA players as Russell Wilson and Joel Embiid, is adding to the mix Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets and top NBA Draft picks including Marvin Bagley III, Collin Sexton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Knox and Josh Hart.

They and Wilson will appear in multi-platform marketing to support Mtn. Dew Ice as the new lead soft drink of the NBA, with activation also behind limited-edition Ice Cherry.

"I'm really excited to team up with Mtn. Dew Ice as the first-ever WNBA player to join the Dew roster of athletes," Wilson said via the brand.

"Dew is a brand that I love because of its dedication to bringing fans closer to the game and the lifestyle — and because they know how to have fun."

Mtn. Dew said the effort would include national and local marketing initiatives, digital, social media (#DewxNBA), POP and in-arena, all anchored by new TV spot featuring a “superstar from the Dew roster that will premiere in the coming weeks.”

During Opening Week Tip-Off presented by Kia, Mtn. Dew said it would have pre-game presence outside such venues as  Oracle Arena, home of the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors; and Madison Square Garden in New York, home of the Knicks.

Pre-game celebrations for consumers and NBA fans will include what Mtn. Dew called “Closer than Courtside”  activation with access to players and hoops lifestyle, as well as Mtn. Dew Ice product sampling.

"This year, Dew has made some incredible additions to an already awesome roster of basketball stars – and we're especially stoked to welcome our first WNBA player to the family," Erin Chin, senior director, marketing for Mountain Dew, said via the brand.

"What we love the most about Dew athletes is that they are at the top of their games on the court, but they're also pushing boundaries and making waves off the court."

Mtn. Dew ice NBA and WNBA Roster

• Marvin Bagley III Sacramento Kings
• Bradley Beal Washington Wizards
• Clint Capela Houston Rockets
• Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers
• Josh Hart Los Angeles Lakers
• Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies
• Kevin Knox New York Knicks
• Collin Sexton Cleveland Cavaliers
• Dennis Smith Jr.  Dallas Mavericks
• Myles Turner Indiana Pacers
• Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
• A'ja Wilson WNBA Las Vegas Aces

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