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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Oct242018

NBA G League Will Have Record Presence Thanks To New Orleans Pelicans

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 24, 2018:
The New Orleans Pelicans have signed a deal to own and operate a team in the NBA G League, beginning with the 2019-20 season.

The team will play in Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Ala., with its debut scheduled for the 2022-23.

However, with Legacy Arena currently undergoing a $120 million-plus renovation and expansion, the team will play in Erie, Pa, as the Erie BayHawks, until its permanent home within the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex is complete.

The name and identity of the team in Birmingham will be announced at a later date. 

With the addition of the Pelicans, the NBA G League will expand to a record 28 teams for the 2019-20 season. 

“The Pelicans join the league at an exciting time,” Malcolm Turner, NBA G League president, said via the league.

“We’re on the brink of 30 teams and are coming off our most productive season to date.  I look forward to fans in Birmingham enjoying NBA G League basketball for seasons to come.”

Members of the Pelicans appeared in a promo spot when the move was unveiled, including Anthony Davis and Julius Randle. Five current Pelicans have NBA G League experience.

Birmingham is also the site of a new franchise from the Alliance of American Football, with the Birmingham Iron playing in Legion Field Stadium in the inaugural AAF season in 2019.

The Pelicans will partner with the BayHawks’ current management team to operate the team in Erie.

Most recently, the group in Erie has been in partnership with the Atlanta Hawks to host that team’s NBA G League affiliate while its arena in College Park, Ga, is being completed.

Erie has been the home to an NBA G League team since the 2008-09 season.

The Pelicans will partner with the BayHawks’ current management team, led by Owen McCormick and Matt Bresee, to operate the team in Erie.

Most recently, the group in Erie has been in partnership with the Atlanta Hawks to host that team’s NBA G League affiliate while its arena in College Park, Ga., is being completed.

Erie has been the home to an NBA G League team since the 2008-09 season.

According to Dennis Lauscha, Pelicans president, “We know this has been a lengthy process, but we wanted to ensure that we found the best partner for this endeavor, as we are fully invested in our team and building basketball in the Gulf South.

“We know this has been a lengthy process, but we wanted to ensure that we found the best partner for this endeavor."

“We’ve done our due diligence and researched markets across the region, and no one matched the interest and investment that the City of Birmingham will provide..

Pelicans management said they would “engage with the Birmingham community to determine an identity that best represents the city and the region.”

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