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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

Sunday
Jan212018

MLB Will Take Its Supercuts At The Plate This Season With New Hair-Care Partner

By Barry Janoff

January 19, 2018: Bryce Harper, Justin Turner, Noah Syndergaard and other MLB players with impressive heads of hair, pay attention.

MLB, which ended the 2017 season with a slew of marketing deals, picks up right where it left off, signing its first new deal of the season, Supercuts haircutting brand, to a category-exclusive multi-year deal.

Beginning with Spring Training, Supercuts becomes MLB’s “official hair salon” and “official hair stylists.”

Financial terms of the alliance were not shared.

Under the alliance, Supercuts has the exclusive category rights to promote around pre-season, regular season and post-season games, including such jewel events as the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard and the World Series.

Supercuts, a division of Regis Corp., said it would support the deal with advertising “implemented throughout MLB’s core marketing platforms including broadcast, digital, mobile and social.”

The deal will also be promoted in more than 2,600 locations nationwide.

Supercuts did not indicate whether MLB players would be included in marketing.

 “We are pleased to welcome Supercuts and the Regis Corporation into the baseball family,” Noah Garden, evp-commerce for MLB, said in a statement. “After a memorable 2017 season, 2018 is poised to be another thrilling year of baseball and we’re glad that Supercuts is joining us to be a part of the excitement.”

Among the deals MLB signed last season were Coca-Cola (replacing Pepsi as the league’s official category partner), Nathan’s Famous, Old Dominion Freight Line, W.B. Mason, Camping World and YouTube TV.

MLB, in fact, hit a record one-season mark, with sponsorship deals totaling a record $892 million in 2017, up 7.9% from $827 million in 2016 and up nearly $230 million from 2013, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

MLB sponsorship has risen steadily over the past several years, from $663 million in 2013,  $695 million in 2014, $778 million in 2015 and $827 million in 2016, per ESP.

According to Hugh Sawyer, president and CEO for Regis Corp., “We are delighted to establish this exclusive, multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball. We anticipate that our new relationship with MLB will be a highly effective platform for Supercuts' well-known national brand to support the growth of our local market Supercuts franchised and company-owned salons across North America.”

Sawyer said that the Supercuts brand would be “integrated throughout MLB’s highly successful and connected ecosystem of millions of fans on MLB Network, MLB.com, social media and the leading sports television networks.

“Given the quality and breadth of MLB, we believe this will be a home run for our Supercuts salons, stylists and guests,”  said Sawyer.

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