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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Nov032017

Overwatch League Gets Major Sponsorship Play From HP, Intel For Inaugural Season

By Barry Janoff

November 2, 2017: "The world needs legendary heroes . . .  and fans," a voiceover says in a preview spot for the Overwatch League, "The Path To Glory." "Are you with us?"

The already burgeoning Overwatch League received another major boost as HP Inc. and Intel signed multi-level sponsorship deals with the Blizzard Entertainment property.

The two companies said the eSports alliance represents “an extended investment in the groundbreaking professional league.”

Financial terms of the multi-year pact were not shared.

The alliance will see Intel (which is also a global partner with the International Olympic Committee) sponsor Overwatch competitive events in addition to the Overwatch League.

Players taking part in these events will be equipped with gaming hardware from both HP and Intel.

Specifically, Omen by HP gaming PCs and displays will be used exclusively for Overwatch League games, with PCs powered by Intel Core i7 processors.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with HP and Intel to ensure that the teams competing professionally in Overwatch are equipped with top-end technology,” Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO for Blizzard Entertainment’s Major League Gaming division, said in a statement.

“Multi-year collaborations such as this illustrate the momentum behind the Overwatch League as well as a long-term commitment by us and our partners in what we see as the future of eSports.”

The Overwatch League is a global professional eSports circuit with city-based teams across Asia, Europe and North America.

Pre-season play for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League is scheduled to begin Dec. 6 with a series of exhibition matches featuring the inaugural 12 teams.

The first regular season match is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2018. The season runs until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July.

All Overwatch League pre-season and regular-season games for 2018 will take place in Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, located in Burbank, which was custom-renovated by Blizzard Entertainment for eSports events.

The Overwatch League is based on Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch, which the company said “quickly became (its) fastest-growing game following its release last year,” and now tops 35 million players.

According to John Bonini, vp and GM for the VR, gaming and eSports division at Intel, “For more than 12 years Intel has consistently supported the eSports community and we’re always looking for ways to help improve how they play, watch, and compete.

“The Overwatch League will be a great showcase for esports, and we’re excited to be a part of it with Blizzard," said Bonini.

Among the companies and people who have become owners in Overwatch League teams are the Kraft Group, majority owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots (Overwatch League team Boston Uprising); Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, majority owners of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams (and their under construction $1.2 billion stadium), NBA’s Denver Nuggets and soccer’s Arsenal FC (Los Angeles Gladiators), Jeff Wilpon, DOO for MLB’s New York Mets (New York Excelsior) and Comcast Spectator ((Philadelphia Fusion).

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