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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Thursday
Oct112018

Screen Time: ESPN Scripts NBA Preview Inspired By TV Shows Past And Present

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2018: There are many ways to approach doing a preview of the upcoming NBA season.

According to ESPN, “If the NBA has taught us anything, it’s to expect drama — everywhere!"

With that as a foundation, ESPN said it paired each team with a TV drama, "then the NBA Forecast panel ranked how central each subplot will be to this season. Are you not entertained?”

With photo illustrations by Eric Heintz, the pithy previews are inspired by such shows as Baller, Billions, Chicago Fire, Empire, The Leftovers, CSI, Sons Of Anarchy and Twin Peaks.

Spoiler alert: the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers got good reviews; the New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings did not.

TV-inspired team previews (in alphabetical order):

Atlanta Hawks Got Shorty
Photo illustration of rookie Trae Young
“Did they forfeit their future - or hit the jackpot?”

Boston Celtics Baller
Photo illustration of Jason Tatum
“Kid. Father. Phenom.”

Brooklyn Nets Billions
“When a Russian plutocrat owns your team, losing is acceptable — until it’s nyet.”

Charlotte Hornets Mad Man
Photo illustration of Kemba Walker
“He’s an all-star. He’s underpaid. And he’s about to get his."

Chicago Bulls Chicago Fire
“The coach is on the hot seat. and everyone is feeling the heat.”

Cleveland Cavaliers The Leftovers
Photo illustration of Kevin Love, JR Smith, Tristan Thomson
“Believe it or not, most of us are still here.”

Dallas Mavericks Succession
Photo illustration of rookie Luca Doncic
“Can a wunderkind save them . . . again?”

Denver Nuggets Blindspot
“Stardom is in the eye of the beholder.”

Detroit Pistons Twin Peaks: The Return
Photo illustration Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond
“Thirty years later, they’ve gone big again - but will it work this time?”

Golden State Warriors Empire
Photo illustration of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins
“You never see the end of a dynasty coming.”

Houston Rockets Curb Your Enthusiasm
Multiple photo illustrations of a stoic Carmelo Anthony interspersed with photo illustrations of coach Mike D’Antoni, James Harden and Chris Paul
“What’s wrong with this picture?”

Indiana Pacers The Good Fight
“Months ago they nearly unseated the King. Now a throne is theirs for the taking.”

Los Angeles Clippers The Ex-Files
“Their players are out there.”

Los Angeles Lakers Strangest Things
Photo illustration of LeBron James surrounded by bevy of other new players
“One new guy is supernatural. Four are mystifying. What could possibly go wrong.”

Memphis Grizzlies Arrested Development
“They’re old. They’re slow. They’re gong nowhere fast.”

Miami Heat Burn Notice
Photo illustration of Hassan Whitehead and Dion Waiters
“They’re playing with fire.”

Milwaukee Bucks 34
Photo illustration of Giannis Antetokounmpo
“Only one man an save them. is time running out?”

Minnesota Timberwolves Damages
Photo illustration of head coach Tom Thibodeau with Karl-Anthony Townes, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler
“Everyone is angry. Everyone is exhausted. Everyone is to blame.”

New Orleans Pelicans Designated Survivor
Photo illustration of Anthony Davis
“For now, he’s all they’ve got.”

New York Knicks Lost
Photo illustration shadow of unseen players
“They’re stuck on an island. Crazy things happen. None of it makes any sense.”

Oklahoma City Thunder Better Call Paul
Photo illustration of Paul George
“Need help? Star lonely? No wingman?”

Orlando Magic Sons Of Anarchy
“Who’s running this show?”

Philadelphia 76ers CSI: Philly
Photo illustration Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and head coach Brett Brown
“Looks like someone picked a bad day to tweet.”

Phoenix Suns Younger
“You can get away with a lot when you’re young.”

Portland Trail Blazers Insecure
Photo illustration of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
“What happens when your best isn’t good enough?”

Sacramento Kings Catastrophe
Photo illustration of GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadivé
“What’s their problem? Everything.”

San Antonio Spurs This Was Us
Photo illustrations of head Coach Gregg Popovic, Tony parker, Manu Gianobili and Kawhi Leonard
“This was real. this was love. this was family. Until it wasn’t.”

Toronto Raptors Cold Case
Photo illustration of Kawhi Leonard
“Born in L.A. Raised in Texas. Can the Canadian spirit melt this superstar’s heart?”

Utah Jazz Justified
Photo illustration of Donovan Mitchell
“There’s a new sheriff in town.”

Washington Wizards House of Cards
Photo illustration of John Wall and Bradley Beal
“Team chemistry is so overrated.”

ESPN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NBA regular season includes five opening week games, beginning with the Pelicans visiting the Rockets and the Mavericks at the Suns on Oct. 17.

ESPN will have LeBron James’ home-opener with the Lakers when they host the Rockets on Oct. 20.

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