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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Dec282018

NFL Unveils ‘Important Dates’ For 2019: Free Agency, Training Camps, Kickoff

By Barry Janoff

December 28, 2018: The NFL is finishing its 2018 season and steamrolling into the post-season, but the league knows that looking beyond Super Bowl LIII is of utmost priority.

The league has unveiled a bevy of key dates for 2019, which will highlight the NFL calendar and be part of the celebration for the league's 100th anniversary, which officially begins after Super Bowl LIII.

The NFL Scouting Combine is scheduled for Feb. 26-March 4 in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (NFL Network).

The 2019 league year and free agency period begin March 13 (4 PM ET).

March 24-27 are the dates for the Annual League Meeting, this year in Phoenix.

On April 1, clubs with returning head coaches are allowed to begin off-season workout programs.

The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn. (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Disney XD, NFL Network).

Between May 3-6, teams may elect to hold their “one three-day post-Draft rookie mini-camps (from Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday).

The NFL Rookie Football Development Programs begin on May 13, followed on May 16-19 by the NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

The Spring League Meeting his May 20-22 in Key Biscayne, Fla.

In mid-July, teams are permitted to open pre-season training camps for rookies and first-eyer players.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, which is the first game for the 2019 pre-season, is scheduled for Aug. 1 as part of Hall of Fame Weekend, Aug. 1-4, in Canton, Ohio. which also features the enshrinement for the Class of 2019.

Week 1 for the 2019 season begins Sept. 5 in the home of the Super Bowl LIII champions, then Sunday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 9.

Super Bowl LIV is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2020, in Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Beginning at Super Bowl LIII this February, the NFL will undertake a year-long celebration with a series of "NFL 100" events, initiatives and programming centered around fans, players and communities,

Marketing will include all NFL league partners, local activation and efforts across all NFL media partners.

"For nearly 100 years, the NFL has been part of the fabric of America, unifying communities and bringing fans together to support their favorite teams and players," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said via the league.

Not on the NFL’s calendar: The Alliance of American Football is scheduled to begin its inaugural season on Feb. 9, 2019.

For 100th Anniversary, NFL Planning Celebration, Activation

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