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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Professional Fighters League Brews Global Deal With Anheuser-Busch InBev

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

March 11, 2019:
Hot on the heels of signing a multi-year deal with ESPN, the Professional Fighters League has signed a multi-year pact naming Anheuser Busch In-Bev as its exclusive sponsor in the malt beverage category.

Under terms of the alliance, Estrella Jalisco has been designated as PFL’s first “official beer partner.” with category exclusivity across the league and its media partners and global partner territory designation and protection.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

“Anheuser Busch In-Bev shares in our passion to advance the sport of MMA and deliver fans an unparalleled viewing experience through an innovative sports-season format and breakthrough technology, making this an ideal partnership,” Peter Murray, PFL CEO, said via the organization.

“Together we are committed to activating the Estrella Jalisco brand globally across PFL fan touch points — at venues, on digital and social, at retail and within our live event broadcasts distributed to over 130 countries worldwide, including on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in the U.S.”

Last month, PFL signed a two-year deal with ESPN to have its 2019-20 seasons on the network’s platforms. The first event is scheduled for May 9.

The PFL format is based on that of team sports, with a regular season, playoff and championship. This past season, ten champions each received $1 million.

As the official beer of the PFL, Estrella Jalisco has global rights to use PFL logos and “official partner” branding for ads and promotional usage, including pass-through branding rights for promotions with on-premise and retail channel partners.

Anheuser-Busch and the league will also collaborate on exclusive content across digital platforms.
 
Estrella Jalisco logos will be featured in and around the cage and on signage in and around the arenas.

This season, the PFL will be introducing the PFL Cageside Club, a new VIP floor level experience for fans, which will prominently feature the Mexican beer.

According to Nick Kelly, head of sports marketing for Anheuser-Busch InBev, This global partnership with the PFL grants us the opportunity to reach and engage with a dynamic, passionate and massive fan base in a sport that has captured the hearts and minds of beer drinkers around the world.

“The PFL is out to revolutionize MMA, and its new relationship with ESPN affords us with an incredible platform to continue to grow our Estella Jalisco brand. We are thrilled to be a part of the journey and establish another authentic touchpoint with our consumers.”

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