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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Oct302018

Brady, Rodgers, Dak Get Carded: NFLPA Teams With Visa For 200+ Debit Cards

By Barry Janoff

October 30, 2018: People like to collect sports-related trading cards, bats, balls and other memorabilia.

Now they can collect NFL-themed pre-paid cards from Visa.

The NFL Players Assn., via its licensing and marketing arm, NFL Players Inc., has joined with Card.com to create more than 200 Visa prepaid cards featuring images of top NFL players.

Among the players on the cards: Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, Aaron Rodgers, Carson Wentz, Rob Gronkowski, Odell Beckham Jr., Ben Roethlisberger, JJ Watt and Nick Foles.

The cards feature photos or caricatures of players and faux autograph signatures.

"It's great to see NFL player licensing extend into diverse new categories," Steve Scebelo, vp-business development and licensing for the NFLPA, said via the organization.

"We are always looking for new ways to build licensing opportunities for NFL players through alliances with partners such as Card.com, who are leaders in their category."

Card.com said it would be “rolling out hundreds more as the season progresses, including standout rookies.”

In May 2018, Card.com was a partner of the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, an exclusive event for more than 40 newly drafted NFL rookies and NFLPA partners to “connect and create content for the upcoming season.”

Card.com said Visa rookie cards are in development.

Card.com also offers such categories as famous people (including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Three Stooges and John Belushi), music (Jimi Hendrix, Styx, Jefferson Airplane, Ella Fitzgerald), cartoon characters, art and fashion.

According to Tim Coltrell, CEO for Card.com, ”Consumers want a more personalized payment experience and Card.com provides an opportunity to express yourself through a wide variety of card art designs.

”People are looking for a new way to bank on the go, and our goal is to provide an easy-to-use, affordable banking solution that reflects the individual passions of consumers. The NFLPA cards are a great example of giving consumers a more engaging and fun banking option."

The officially licensed NFLPA designed prepaid cards can be used where Visa debit cards are accepted and “offer a fully featured online banking experience without any overdraft charges or late fees.”

People can sign up online for a card featuring their favorite NFL players (details here).

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