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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Nov052018

Mayweather Jr. Going Global: Signs Deal For MMA Match In Japan On New Year’s Eve

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By Barry Janoff

November 7, 2018: Mayweather Jr.: ‘I Was Blindsided’ About Arrangements For Japan MMA Deal

November 5, 2018: Following his fight with Conor McGregor in August 2017, during which UFC star McGregor converted from MMA style to boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. talked about a rematch that would take place in McGregor’s Octagon territory.

Mayweather Jr. has followed up on that, but not with McGregor.

Mayweather Jr. has signed a deal with Japanese MMA promotions company Rizin Fighting Federation to meet Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, current RISE Featherweight World Champ, scheduled for New Year’s Eve in the Saitama Super Arena.

The match, Rizin 14, still has a lot of holes to fill, including what rules the fighters would follow (boxing, MMA, a combination), finances, marketing deals, PPV options and licensing.

At a press conference in Japan on Monday (Sunday evening in the U.S.), a banner behind the fighters included logos from Mayweather Jr.’s The Money Team, Rizin and Cygames, a video game company based in Tokyo.

Although he realizes that some critics might see this as a a publicity stunt, Mayweather Jr. said he is all-in, and that he intends to build his business and following in Japan and Asia.

‘”My team and I said ‘’Let's do something different’,” Mayweather Jr. said at the press event. “Let's go to Japan and give people what they want. This is about me displaying my skills against another skilled fighter. This is about entertainment.”

But when Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is involved in a project, there is also the priority of finances.

“I couldn’t choose a better company than Rizin (to work with),” said Mayweather Jr. “Rizin has done a remarkable job with the fighters. My relationship with Rizin doesn’t stop here. I look forward to taking this worldwide.

“I want to continue to build my relationship with The Money Team Tokyo and bring other fighters here so my company can continue to grow. So Rizin can continue to grow. We look forward to taking the Mayweather banner and the TMT banner worldwide.”

Mayweather Jr.’s promotion and deals here are being handled by One Entertainment, NY, which has represented Mayweather Jr. on other international deals, and also lists among its endeavors film, music, corporate and cause marketing activation.

“Risin and I sat down the last couple of weeks to come up with things that make sense for a long-term partnership and opportunities,” Brent Johnson, managing partner and CEO for One Entertainment, said during the press event.

“This fight, this deal will make sense as far as the money goes. There will be licensing, There will be other opportunities that we will explore. This is the Mayweather team coming together with Rizin.

“We have to make money on this for it to make sense,” Johnson said. I’ve been taught that by the guy sitting next to me.”

Mayweather Jr. took home more than $250 million from his 2015 bout against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 and $300 million for his fight against McGregor last year, according to industry analysts.

Among his other endeavors Maywether Jr., 41, is building his Mayweather Boxing + Fitness locations in the U.S. and internationally.

Also at the press event was Nasukawa and Nobuyuki Sakakibara, businessman and president of Rizin Fighting Federation.

Nasukawa, 20, was born in August 1998. At that time, Mayweather Jr. already had a boxing record of 17-0.

Mayweather Jr. has also talked about a rematch in the ring with Pacquiao, which would be a follow-up to his 2015 win.

The pair “accidentally” met in September during the Soca Weekend Music Festival in Tokyo, during which Mayweather Jr. boasted, “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another nine figure payday on the way.”

Those plans were put on hold with Mayweather Jr.’s decision to instead fight Tenshin this year.

“I’ve already been to Tokyo eight or ten times, and I look forward to coming back more often,” Mayweather Jr. said at the media event. “I love that people from my team were able to come together to make this happen.”

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