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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Dec102018

Report: Regarding Abuses By Nassar 'Collective Failure To Protect Athletes’

By Barry Janoff

December 10, 2018: Global law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, led by partners Joan McPhee and James P. Dowden, has released a 233-page independent report that details the findings of their investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse of hundreds of elite and Olympic gymnasts and others since the early 1990s.

The report, “The Constellation of Factors Underlying Larry Nassar’s Abuse of Athletes,” was commissioned by a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee. It draws upon more than 100 witness interviews and a review of more than 1.3 million documents and covers 233 pages.

According to Ropes & Gray, “Nassar’s sexual abuse of hundreds of girls and young women was a manifestation of a broader set of factors and conditions in elite gymnastics and Olympic sport that allowed the abuse to occur and then to continue uninterrupted for almost 30 years.

“The fact that so many different institutions and individuals failed to stop him does not excuse any of them, but instead reflects the collective failure to protect young athletes.”

The Ropes & Gray report says that then USOC CEO Scott Blackmun and then USOC chief of sport performance Alan Ashley learned about the Nassar situation from Steve Penny on July 25, 2015 when Penny was CEO for USA Gymnastics.

The allegations, since proven, did not become public until September 2016 via a story in the Indianapolis Star.

According to the Ropes & Gray report, neither Blackmun or Ashley “engaged with USAG on the reported concerns, shared the information with others at the USOC or took any other action in response to the information from Mr. Penny to ensure that responsible steps were being taken by USAG and the USOC to protect athletes.”

USOC itself has had a significant executive turnover this year, including Ashley, who was let go today following the release of the Ropes & Gray investigative report.

“Our aim was to get to the bottom of what went wrong,” McPhee and Dowden said via the law firm.

Nasser is now in prison for sexually abusing more than 350 young women while working as a doctor for USA Gymnastics.

The USOC is seeking to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as a national governing body.

USA Gymnastics last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid hundred of lawsuits from athletes who were victims of Nassar.

In September, the USOC said that chairman Larry Probst would step down from his position at the end of the year, succeeded by Susanne Lyons, independent USOC board member and until recently the USOC’s acting CEO.

Lyon’s was named interim CEO after Blackmun resigned in February, citing his battle with prostate cancer. He had been CEO since January 2010.

In July, the USOC named Sarah Hirshland as its new CEO.

According to Susanne Lyons, USOC independent board member and incoming board chair, “The USOC board commissioned this independent investigation because we knew we had an obligation to find out how this happened and to take important steps to prevent and detect abuse. We now have a much more comprehensive view of individual and institutional failures.

“The fact that so many different institutions and individuals failed to stop him . . . reflects the collective failure to protect young athletes.”

“Everyone in the Olympic and Paralympic community, including the USOC, must learn from the report and take appropriate actions to strengthen protections for athletes. We recognize that we must do more, and we will do more.”

USOC said that Ropes & Gray "had complete control over the investigation, the questions asked, the documents reviewed, and the findings made.”

Ropes & Gray said that the scope of its investigation “extended not only to ‘who knew what when’ and what was and was not done in response, but also to any systemic deficiencies, failures of oversight, cultural conditions or other factors contributing to Nassar’s serial sexual abuse of young athletes over an extended period of time.

The law firm said its independent investigation also “looked across elite athletics and Olympic sports to identify any relevant facts and circumstances or patterns across the National Governing Bodies for Olympic sports to more broadly inform our assessment of contributing factors and conditions. “

Although Lyons stated that “This year, the USOC has already taken important actions to strengthen athlete safeguards and help the USOC be more effective in our mission to empower and support athletes,” she also admitted, “The U.S. Olympic community failed the victims, survivors and their families, and we apologize again to everyone who has been harmed.”

According to Ropes & Gray, “It remains our sincere hope that our factual findings will inform efforts going forward to protect young athletes, and will help to ensure that a predator like Nassar can never again find so accommodating a home in sport.”

Download the full report here.

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