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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Jun292018

Warriors Win Most Popular NBA Jersey Title, But Uncle Drew Also Has Star Power

By Barry Janoff

June 28, 2018: The Golden State Warriors have come up winners again — not just on the court as NBA champs for the third time in four years, but off the court with fans and consumers.

The Warriors topped the NBA list for sales of team merchandise and four Warriors were among the Top 15 list of beat-selling jerseys from April through June, which covers the playoffs and NBA Finals.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors was No. 1 overall with the best-selling jersey during that period, Finals MVP and teammate Kevin Durant was No. 4, Klay Thompson No. 10 and Draymond Green No. 13.

Behind Curry at No. 2 was LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

At No. 3 was Kyrie Irving, who did not play with the Boston Celtics in the post-season (and also missed 22 games during the regular season) due to injury.

However, Irving may have received a huge bump from Uncle Drew, the movie in which he stars (due out June 29), which filled NBA post-season broadcasts with a bevy of commercials and other activation, certainly raising awareness for Irving and his Hollywood alter-ego.

The top spots on the NBA’s most popular jersey and team merchandise lists, respectively, are based on overall sales at NBAStore.com.

Curry and the Warriors have claimed top regular season sales honors for three consecutive seasons, according to the NBA.

The league did not release specific sales figures for the jerseys or merchandise.

This past season was the first for Nike as the league’s official on-court apparel provider, and also the first for jersey ad patches. Jerseys sold at retail for consumers do not have the jersey ad patch.

The Top Five also includes Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, who this past week was named NBA Rookie of the Year.

A year ago during the post-season, the Top Five jersey sales from April-June were Curry, James, Durant, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (No. 9 this past post-season) and Irving.

"Trusting the Process" also helped sell goods for the Sixers: Joel Embiid was No. 8 in jersey sales and the team was No. 4 in merchandise, behind the Warriors, Cavaliers and Celtics, according to the NBA.

The Houston Rockets were No. 5 in team merchandise sales and NBA MVP James Hardne was No. 6 inpost-season jersey sales.

Among other highlights:

• Irving (No. 3), Simmons (No. 5) and Harden earned their highest rankings ever in jersey sales.

• The Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (No. 7) and Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (No. 14) both made their debut on the most-popular jersey list.

• The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (No. 15) appears for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

• This is the Celtics first time in the Top Three in merchandise sales since the end of the 2010-11 season.

• The Rockets entered the Top Five in team merchandise sales for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys (April-June 2018)                     
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors                
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers                    
3. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics                                
4. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors                  
5. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers                       
6. James Harden, Houston Rockets                         
7. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics                             
8. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers                          
9. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder      
10. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors              
11. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
12. Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
13. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
14. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors         
15. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
 
Top Ten Most Popular Team Merchandise
1.   Golden State Warriors
2.   Cleveland Cavaliers
3.   Boston Celtics
4.   Philadelphia 76ers
5.   Houston Rockets
6.   Los Angeles Lakers
7.   Chicago Bulls
8.   Toronto Raptors
9.   Oklahoma City Thunder
10. Milwaukee Bucks
Source: NBAStore.com

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