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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

Tuesday
Aug072018

Show Starter: LeBron James Making The Most Of Move To Los Angeles With CBS

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2018: LeBron James relocated from Cleveland to Los Angeles to become part of the Lakers’ ‘Showtime” on-court and the showtime of Hollywood off the court.

It seems as if he’s doing all he can to make that happen.

Keeping its eye on James, CBS Entertainment said it has ordered a ten-episode series with the working title, Million Dollar Mile, whose executive producing companies include Springhill Entertainment, under the auspices of James and Maverick Carter.

CBS described Million Dollar Mile as a “high-stakes competition series that challenges everyday athletes’ physical and mental toughness like never before with an opportunity to change their lives forever.

The CBS show comes one day after Showtime unveiled plans for a three-part documentary series, Shut Up and Dribble, from executive producers James and Carter.

Showtime is a subsidiary of CBS Corp.

CBS said that after shutting down the streets of a major city, contestants would have the chance to win $1,000,000 every time they run the Million Dollar Mile.

“Standing in their way is the most challenging course ever designed and a group of elite athletes with one mission — stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs,” per CBS.

The roster for Million Dollar Mile includes executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan (whose credits include Big Brother) with Fly on the Wall Entertainment and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.

Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron will oversee the project for SpringHill.

“LeBron represents the epitome of strength, vision and determination — all skills one will need to complete this one-of-a-kind course where every runner has a chance to win $1,000,000,” Sharon Vuong, svp-alternative for CBS Entertainment., said in a statement.

“Couple that with Allison and Rich’s unrivaled skill for storytelling and game, and we feel like we have a championship-caliber team.”

Million Dollar Mile is currently casting nationwide. CBS Entertainment did not give a time frame for its airing.

At the casting site, Million Dollar Mile said it is seeking people of “all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities to test your strength, speed, agility, endurance and mental capacity in this larger-than-life competition series.”

“Think you’re good under pressure? Come put yourself to the test in a never-before-seen series of challenges, where the decisions you make can earn you BIG MONEY!”

The casting page then asks, “Are you a current or former athlete? Do you consider yourself a competitor?

“Whether you’re in the best shape of your life or just a weekend warrior . . .  We Want You!” (Full details here.)

According to Maverick Carter, “This show takes competition series to a whole new level. It’s intense, it’s entertaining and it has a twist that will have people on the edge of their seats while also creating an opportunity to change the contestants’ lives.

“It’s exactly the type of aspirational content SpringHill Entertainment is about, and we can’t wait for people to experience it.”

Million Dollar Mile is a 180-degree turn from Showtime’s Shut Up And Dribble, which was described as a “powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA.”

The title comes from title from Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, who said the phrase to James in February after an interview on ESPN during which he talked about politics — specifically the divisive situation in the White House — as well as his family and sports.

"It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball," she said. "Keep the political comments to yourselves. ... Shut up and dribble."

Shut Up And Dribble is a presentation of Showtime Sports Documentary Films and SpringHill Entertainment.

James and Carter are also at the center of an HBO series, The Shop, a casual talk show-type setting that seeks to emulate experiences James and many others have had in which the local barbershop is the focal point for sometimes easy, sometimes heated, conversation among friends and others from the neighborhood.

The Shop is scheduled to debut on HBO Aug. 28, with James interacting with such athletes and celebs as rap icon Snoop Dogg, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., running back Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, Golden State Warriors star and three-time NBA champion Draymond Green, Los Angeles Sparks star and two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker and Jon Stewart.

In addition, Warriors of Liberty City, a six-part documentary series from Springhill Entertainment, is scheduled to debut on Starz on Sept. 16, It follows a season with the youth football team Liberty City Warriors and shows how the tough Miami neighborhood has produced a number of NFL stars.

James last week opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, OH, providing education, meals, transportation and other perks to 240 “at-risk” third- and fourth-grade kids, with plans to expand in the coming years.

LeBron James Talks (Barber) Shop In HBO Series

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