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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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On The Eve Of 2019, UFC Begins Its Exclusive $1.5B Alliance With ESPN

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 28, 2018:
UFC said today it would being its multi-year alliance with ESPN with six hours of UFC coverage beginning New Year’s Eve.

A special three-hour, live version of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show will start Dec. 31, followed by UFC Main Event: Khabib vs. McGregor, a one-hour re-cap and analysis of the lightweight championship bout at UFC 229.

That will be followed by four half-hour “UFC Top 10” shows documenting the top "Monumental Moments, Slugfests, Title Fights and One-Round Wars in UFC history."

All six hours will be televised on ESPN2, with the UFC Main Event and Top 10 shows then available on-demand on ESPN+.

In May, Walt Disney Co. signed a $1.5 billion to put all UFC programming on the ESPN platforms.

The entire rights package moves from Fox Sports.

The programming news comes as UFC prepares for its final event of 2018, UFC 232, scheduled for Dec. 29, which relocated from Las Vegas to The Forum in Los Angeles due to legal issues connected to drug testing for top-rated fighter Jon Jones.

Jones is headlining UFC 232 taking on Alexander Gustafsson, also featuring Cris Cyborg versus Amanda Nunes.

The first three months of 2019 will see UFC events across ESPN+ and ESPN networks. Every week for 11 consecutive weeks, ESPN+ will showcase more than 36 hours of exclusive UFC action; ESPN linear networks will add another 18 hours (with all 54 hours available in both English and Spanish.)

Beginning in January, ESPN+ and ESPN will be the exclusive digital and linear distributors of UFC in the U.S., showcasing 42 live events, 30 of which will feature a full card of 12 UFC bouts.

ESPN+ will offer 20 exclusive events and all preliminary fights for “UFC Fight Night on ESPN” programs, while ESPN linear networks will broadcast ten events, as well as all UFC pay-per-view preliminary fights.

In addition to live, exclusive events, the lineup of UFC content available to ESPN+ subscribers is scheduled to include exclusive pre- and post-event shows for all 15 UFC on ESPN+ Fight Nights; UFC-branded content, including “UFC Countdown” shows, press conferences, weigh-ins and pre-and post-shows; exclusive, new seasons of Dana White’s Contender Series (beginning June 2019).

Also available will be non-exclusive access to UFC’s full archive of programming, including historic events, classic bouts and original programming.

Disney, ESPN, UFC $1.5B Deal Pins Down Excluding Alliance

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