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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

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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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Dec082018

IOC Summit Meeting Sees Pros/Cons In Future of eSports/eGames In Olympics

By Barry Janoff

December 8, 2018: At the invitation of the International Olympic Committee, leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met in Lausanne Saturday (Dec. 8) for the 7th Olympic Summit.

Among the topics of discussion were the “approach of the Olympic Movement to eSports/eGames.”

The overview at this point: “The Olympic Movement should not ignore its growth, particularly because of its popularity among young generations around the world.” However, a “discussion about the inclusion of eSports/eGames as a medal event on the Olympic program is premature.”

According to the IOC, “Recognizing the fact that the sports movement is in competition with the eSports/eGames industry for the leisure time of young people, the Summit agreed that the Olympic Movement should not ignore its growth, particularly because of its popularity among young generations around the world.”

The committee agreed that “competitive gaming entails physical activity, which can be compared to that required in more traditional sports.”

However, they said that this “cannot necessarily be said to apply to leisure electronic gaming.

“For this reason, the use of the term sport with regard to eSports/eGames needs further dialogue and study.”

The IOC Summit also said that the Olympic Movement “should continue to engage with this community, while at the same time acknowledging that uncertainties remain.”

According to industry research and marketing firm NewZoo, San Francisco global eSports revenue is predicted to top $905 million this year and grow to $1.65 billion by 2021.

The global eSports audience will reach 380 million this year, including 165 million dedicated eSports fans and 215 million occasional viewers. The total will top 550 million by 2021, reports NewZoo.

More than 50% of eSports participants and followers are reported to be from the Asia-Pacifc region, according to NewZoo, an area that will be home to the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Many companies associated with the IOC and the Olympics also have connections to eSports.

At their meeting, IOC Summit members observed that:

• Some eGames are not compatible with the Olympic values and therefore cooperation with them is excluded

• The industry is evolving rapidly, with the changing popularity of specific games and the rapid development towards augmented reality and virtual reality

• The industry is fragmented in nature, with tough competition between commercial operators

• The industry is commercially driven, while on the other hand the sports movement is values-based.

For all these reasons, a “discussion about the inclusion of eSports/eGames as a medal event on the Olympic program is premature.”

"A discussion about the inclusion of eSports/eGames as a medal event on the Olympic program is premature.”

The Summit advised major sports events organizers within the Olympic Movement to “respect this principle for their own competitions.”

The Summit also observed that a “number of these uncertainties do not apply to eSports simulation games. Because of this, accelerated cooperation with regard to these kinds of eSports is encouraged by the Summit.”

The IOC Summit encouraged international federations to explore the potential benefits and applications of the electronic and virtual versions of their sports, while ensuring they gain or retain appropriate control over the electronic/virtual versions of their sports; and restricting their engagement to activation in the e-versions and virtual forms of their traditional sports.

It was decided that the IOC and Global Association of International Sports Federatins would invite stakeholders of the eSports/eGames industry to a liaison group to explore jointly collaborative projects.

IOC: Closer To Adding eSports To Olympics?

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