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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Magic Moves Exclusive Autographed Memorabilia To One Main Merchant

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

March 9, 2019:
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who had a Hall of Fame playing career with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, has signed what he is calling his “first exclusive long-term memorabilia partnership.”

Johnson has joined with Press Pass Collectibles, a division of Bell Sports Marketing, to become the “sole distributor” of his autographed collectibles. and to handle “retail and wholesale opportunities for upcoming public and private Magic Johnson signings, as well as corporate signing appearances and custom corporate autographed items.”

Financial terms of the alliance were not shared.

"We are thrilled to welcome Magic to the PPC family," Kyle Bell, PPC president, said via the Scottsdale, AZ-based company.

"We have worked with him many times over the years and this exclusive long-term partnership was a natural next step to protect and grow the Magic Johnson autograph brand."

The PPC site will offer officially licensed Magic Johnson signed items including signed basketballs, jerseys, photos and other items.

The second high profile addition to the PPC family in recent years, with Johnson joining actor/comedian Chevy Chase as an exclusive PPC memorabilia client.

PPC also works with such former athletes as Mike Tyson and Dennis Rodman; and includes in its offerings signed items from Hollywood and presidents.

Magic’s long-time teammate, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recently put a large part of his personal memorabilia up for auction with Goldin Auctions, talking in nearly $2 million with much of the proceeds going to Abdul-Jabbar’s SkyHook Foundation, which helps kids learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

Johnson played college ball at Michigan State and then spent his entire 13-year NBA career with the Lakers.

Johnson won  five NBA championships, three NBA MVP Awards and played in 12 All-Star games.

He was a member of the famed “Dream Team” that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as an NBA player in 2002 and as a member of the Dream Team in 2010.

Among his business endeavors, he oversees Magic Johnson Enterprises and has ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers, WNBA Los Angeles Sparks and MLS LAFC.

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