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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Dynamic Growth: ESPN, Blizzard Form Collegiate eSports Championship

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

March 12, 2019:
ESPN Events, the division of ESPN that owns and operates 33 collegiate sporting events worldwide, has joined with Blizzard Entertainment and other top video game companies to create the ESPN Collegiate eSports Championship.

Hundreds of schools across North America would compete in qualifier events beginning March 17, hosted by collegiate gaming networks Tespa and Collegiate Star League, according to ESPN Events.

The inaugural ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship featuring local area network league semifinal and championship matches in multiple game titles will take place in Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center as part of Comicpalooza weekend, May 10-12.

It will be produced and staged by ESPN Events

Overwatch, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Hearthstone, StarCraft II and Heroes of the Storm are among the first games to be included as part of the LAN Championship event.

“The eSports landscape is a growing and dynamic space, and the ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship will fit nicely into our lineup of ESPN-owned events,” Clint Overby, vp-ESPN Events, said via the network.

Tespa and Collegiate Star League will hold qualifying rounds for Blizzard’s games and Street Fighter V, respectively.

The CEC becomes Overwatch’s only collegiate championship, previously held at the Fiesta Bowl.

ESPN Events said that finalists would compete for prizing in the form of scholarships.

Portions of the qualifying rounds and the LAN Championship will be streamed globally on various platforms.

According to John Lasker, vp-Digital Media Programming for ESPN, “As universities continue to grow their eSports programs at the varsity, non-varsity and club levels, we’re proud to be providing a platform for national exposure and recognition of some of the most talented players in the collegiate space.

“Through our collaboration with top publishers in the industry, players will be able to showcase their talent in high-level competition on some of the most prominent eSports titles.”

Added Yoshinori Ono, Street Fighter series executive producer for Capcom, “For more than 30 years, Street Fighter has been the king of fighting games.

"We’re delighted that our collaboration with CSL and ESPN will allow us to expand Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition to the collegiate market, with incredible live gaming events unlike anything else currently offered.”

The live LAN ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship details here.

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