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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Bangers & Mash: NFL Raising Stakes Again In London, Playing Four Games In 2019

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 30, 2018:
The NFL continues to build its alliances in the U.K., sharing details that it would return to a four-game schedule in London for the 2019 season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a contract to play there in 2019 and 2020, but the other teams have not yet been named.

Only three of the league’s 32 franchises have not played in the U.K.

The league played four games there in 2017, three each in 2018 and 2014-16.

Two games will be played in Wembley Stadium, two in the new stadium that is home to Tottenham Hotspur (pictured below).

"The games in the past few weeks have once again demonstrated the incredible passion of NFL fans in the U.K.," Mark Waller, evp-international for the NFL, said via the league.

"The support of our stadium partners, the Mayor of London and the Minister for Sport gives us a great foundation for further development of the sport and the ability to give our fans even more NFL games in the coming years."

The NFL’s game on Oct. 14 between the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders set a NFL Wembley record with 84,922 in attendance.

That was then broken on Oct. 28 when 85,870 watched the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Jaguars.

Including the three games this season, the NFL has drawn more than 84,000 in 16 consecutive games in Wembley.

Presenting sponsor for the NFL’s London Games has been Subway.

NFL London marketing partners also include Budweiser, Pepsi Max, Visa, Hyundai, Just For Men Hair Care, FedEx, Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook Sport, Bose, Heinz Yellow Mustard, Marriott and VisitTheUSA.com.

According to Tracey Crouch, U.K. Minister for Sport, “The NFL in London is going from strength to strength and I am delighted that we will have four games in the capital next year, with Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium joining Wembley as a host venue.

“The league brings an incredible Super Bowl-style atmosphere to the UK, with fans sporting jerseys from a range of NFL teams packing out Wembley this autumn in record numbers. I am sure the two games at Tottenham next year will also be a huge success as the U.K. will once again show its passion and enthusiasm for this fantastic sport."

The NFL has had discussions about placing a team in London as well as playing a Super Bowl there.

Jacksonville has played in the U.K. six times, with two games coming over the next two seasons, Goodell was asked about the feasibility of having an NFL franchise located there.

Earlier this month, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan decided to withdraw his $790 million offer to acquire Wembley Stadium in London, where the NFL has played most of its U.K. games as part of its International Series, since rebranded as the London Games, since 2007.

While he was in London this past weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell  made an appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football Weekend, which also was based in in the city for the week.

“I believe that the fan base is here for a team," Goodell said on GMFW. "Just in numbers and passion, I think the business community/commercial community is strong enough. The political support we have for this is extraordinary. I think all of those elements are here.”

However, Goodall emphasized that there would be significant logistical hurdles should the Jaguars or another team be based out of London.

“Where it's most challenging in my view is in the playoffs, because you can't really plan for that,” he said.

“So we could probably work the schedule in a fair way during the season, but when you get to the post-season it could be unfair to a team . . . So we've got to find an answer to that.”

But other than that? “I’m perfectly comfortable with this market and the size and passion for football. We wouldn't have a problem (having a team here).”

The NFL has acknowledged that there is strong support in London to host a Super Bowl there and that the league has considered the possibility.

However, said Goodell, “The ownership really feels strongly that that's a reward for our fans. If (we) had a franchise here, I think it would come into play. I think without a franchise it's probably difficult.”

Goodell: U.K. Has Strong Fan Base, Super Bowl Still A Problem

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