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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Dec202018

NBA Plans First Games In India To Boost Ties With Fans, Media, Marketers

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 20, 2018: As part of an on-going strategy to expand its presence worldwide, the NBA said that next season it would play its first games in India.

The NBA India Games 2019 are scheduled for Oct. 4-5 as part of the league’s pre-season, in the NSCI Dome, in Mumbai.

The teams making the trip are the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings, the latter majority-owned by Vivek Ranadivé, the NBA’s first Indian-born majority owner, who is a native of Mumbai.

The NBA said the games would also be the first played in the country by a North American sports league.

“Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said via the league/

“We thank the Kings and Pacers organizations for participating in this historic event.”

The NBA India Games 2019 will be promoted by BookMyShow and AEG and supported by a roster of marketing and merchandising partners.

The league is providing information via a dedicated Web site.

The games will air live in India, and will reach people in more than 200 countries and territories via TV, digital and social media.

In addition to the games, the league and its partners will conduct “interactive fan activities, Jr. NBA youth basketball programming and NBA Cares community outreach events that will bring the NBA experience to fans in Mumbai.”

Since 2006, more than 35 current and former NBA and WNBA players have visited India on behalf of the NBA.

The NBA office in Mumbai opened in 2011.

According to Ranadivé, “The world wants to watch basketball and India is a fast-growing new frontier.

“As an Indian-American, it is an honor to help bring this historic moment to the country where I was raised. The sport is experiencing tremendous growth in India and we are excited about continuing to expand the NBA’s reach to fans across the globe.”

More than 350 live NBA games are available each season on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ted 3 and Sony ESPN, including 78 games with Hindi commentary.

The 2018-19 season also includes five consecutive Sunday games — from March 10 to April 7 — that will air in prime time in India, marking the second straight year that five games will be televised in prime time.

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