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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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LeBron, Giannis Extend Leads In All-Star Game Fan Voting, Eye Captain Roles

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 10, 2019: The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks have expanded their conference leads in the second returns of fan votes of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google.

James leads all players with 2,779,812 followed by Antetokounmpo with 2,670,816.

If the trend continues through final votes on Jan. 21, James and Antetokounmpo would be team captains for the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively.

Fans account for 50% of the vote, all current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote to determine the ten starters.

The 68th NBA All-Star Game will take place in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 17  (TNT,  8 PM. ET).

The leaders to date behind James and Antetokounmpo with more than one million votes each are:

• Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics 2,381,901)

• Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks 2,220,077)

• Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors 2,094,158)

• Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors 2,092,806)

• Derrick Rose (Minnesota Timberwolves 1,986,840)

• Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder 1,859,216)

• Kevin Durant (Warriors, 1,717,968)

• Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers, 1,710,229)

• James Harden (Houston Rockets 1,674,660)

• Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans 1,564,347)

• Russell Westbrook (Thunder 1,494,382)

• Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat 1,199,789)

The two team captains will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

The draft will be televised, with details to come from the NBA.

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

The network will name the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

King James, Greek Freak Lead 1st Round Fan Voting For 2019 NBA All-Star Game

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