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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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NBC Plans To Heat Up Next NHL Ice Age With Record Number Of Games in 2018-19

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

August 13, 2018: The calendar still reads summer but NBC Sports Group is preparing for the coming ice age.

NBC Sports said it would broadcast 109 NHL regular-season games during the 2018-19 season, its most since acquiring NHL rights prior to the 2005-06 season.

NBC will air the 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend from SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Jan. 25-26.

It will be highlighted by live coverage of the All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 26, in prime time on NBC, the first time the All-Star Game will be televised live on a broadcast network since 1997.

Also coming this season is the debut of Wednesday Night Hockey on NBCSN, which will showcase the network’s “most diverse schedule since it acquired NHL rights prior to the 2005-06 season, as well as the NHL’s current and rising stars.”

On Jan. 1, the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks in Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind., on NBC.

NBC said the NHL Winter Classic has produced the five most-watched regular-season games in NHL history.

The 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will feature the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 23 in prime time on NBC in Lincoln Financial Field, home of the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

The NHL regular season and NBC Sports regular-season coverage begins Oct. 3 on NBCSN, when the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals host the Boston Bruins, with a ceremony raising their Stanley Cup title banner in Capital One Arena.

NBC Sports will present 13 NHL games on NBC, beginning with the 2018 Discover Thanksgiving Showdown on Friday, Nov, 23, when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers.

Overseas contests in China, Germany and Switzerland are part of the NHL pre-season schedule of 110 games in 19 days, beginning Sept. 15.

The NHL returns to China for the second consecutive season for two games between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames as part of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games.

The teams will play at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen on Sept. 15 (2:30 AM ET, NHL Network) and in Cadillac Arena in Beijing on Sept. 19 (7:30AM ET, NBCSN).

Also overseas during the pre-season, the New Jersey Devils play SC Bern, in Bern, Switzerland (PostFinance Arena) on Oct. 1; and the Edmonton Oilers play Kölner Haie, int Cologne, Germany (Lanxess Arena) on Oct. 3.

“With the impressive growth of fan interest in non-traditional NHL markets combined with the emergence of a number of rising stars, we felt the time was right to broaden our Wednesday night schedule and evolve the brand,” Sam Flood, executive producer and president, production, NBC Sports and NBCSN, said in a statement.

“Fans will still see plenty of games between traditional powers, but our new approach to Wednesday nights – including a record number of doubleheaders – allows us to show more rising stars and more Western Conference and Canadian teams than ever before.”

All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere.

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