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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

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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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Mar062019

With New CEO, Chairman, WTT Unveils Expansion Plans To Las Vegas, Orlando

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2019: World TeamTennis has unveiled details for its upcoming 44th season, which includes two new teams, a new CEO and a new chairman who is a team owner now with a majority stake in the league.

The Orlando Storm and Vegas Rollers will join as expansion teams, adding to what will be an eight-team league that also includes defending champion Springfield Lasers, New York Empire, Orange County Breakers, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators and Washington Kastles.

The Storm and Rollers will begin to build rosters at the WTT Draft on March 12 during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

The season runs from July 14-31.

The 2019 WTT playoffs, to be hosted by Orleans Arena (in the Orleans Hotel and Casino) in Las Vegas, include the semi-finals on Aug. 2 and WTT Finals on Aug. 3.

Currently, Geico is WTT’s presenting sponsor.

This will be first season under new CEO Carlos Silva, named to the position in January, with Silva replacing Chris Renner.

"The addition of two new franchises in Las Vegas and Orlando signifies the continued growth of World TeamTennis and the embracement of the league's exciting fan-friendly team format," Silva said via the league.

"We look forward to many of the top players in the world creating new rivalries, and renewing old ones, as they compete for the King Trophy during the 2019 season."

Prior to joining WTT, Silva served for four years as president for the Professional Fighters League and CEO for the World Series of Fighting.

Last month, Orange County Breakers owner Eric Davidson was named WTT’s new chairman of the board after acquiring an ownership share in the WTT.

Davidson now shares the largest stake of ownership in the league with Aviators owner Fred Luddy. League co-founder and tennis legend Billie Jean King also remains a co-owner of WTT.

Davidson purchased his WTT ownership stake from Mark Ein, who remains the owner of the Kastles and retains a seat on the WTT board of directors.

Each of WTT's teams incorporates tennis stars from the ATP and WTA tours.

Last season, WTT players included Venus Williams, Sloan Stephens, Bob and Mike Bryan, Mardi Fish, Sam Querry, CoCo Vandeweghe, Jack Sock and Naomi Osaka, who has since won two Grand Slams.

According to Billie Jean King, "The addition of two new teams in two strong markets is a positive move for WTT for 2019 and for the future.

"This expansion is not only good for the league, it also is another indication of the importance of bringing our brand of tennis to new audiences and our commitment to growing the sport at all levels."

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