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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

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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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LeBron James Set To Lead L.A. Lakers Vs. Brooklyn Nets In NBA '19 China Games

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 7, 2019:
The NBA has named the two teams that will appear in a pair of pre-season NBA China Games 2019 Presented by Vivo, but it will be the presence of one player who will have the biggest impact: LeBron James.

NBA China Games 2019 will feature the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. The Games are scheduled for Oct. 10 in Shanghai and Oct. 12 in Shenzhen.
 
This would be the Lakers’ second trip to China following their visit in 2013.

The Nets will be playing in China for the third time (2010, 2014).

James has also made numerous trips to China for Nike Basketball.

China-based telecom company Vivo in December extended its alliance with the NBA, which began in 2016, to remain presenting partner for the China Games thru 2020.

The NBA China Games 2019 will be the NBA’s 27th and 28th games in China, with 17 NBA teams having played games in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei since 2004.

The NBA said it would play its first games in India, also scheduled for the pre-season in October, a two-game series in NSCI Dome between the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings,

The NBA’s entity that conducts all of the league’s businesses in China was formed in January 2008.
 
The NBA China Games 2019 are presented by Vivo, promoted and produced by iRENA and co-produced by AEG Presents.

The games will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on television, digital and social media. 

The NBA China Games 2019 will feature a variety of fan activities.

Highlighting the events will be the eighth annual NBA Fan Day Presented by Dongfeng Nissan in Shanghai.

People will have the opportunity to watch a performance by Chinese celebrities and watch the Lakers and the Nets participate in on-court drills and team with celebrities and players from the two teams to compete in shooting contests.

The NBA Fan Day will be broadcast live and streamed through NBA China’s media partner platforms.  In addition to the NBA Fan Day, the league and its partners will conduct a series of NBA Cares community outreach activities in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

According to  Derek Chang, NBA China CEO, “These games are the pillars of our efforts to bring authentic NBA action to our Chinese fans.

“I want to thank the cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen for their support and commitment to help us grow the game and promote an active and healthy lifestyle in China.”

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