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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Apr112018

MLB’s MVFs (Most Valuable Franchises) Led By Yankees ($4B), Dodgers ($3B), Cubs

By Barry Janoff

April 11, 2018: The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in MLB, with a price tag put at $4 billion.

Good news for franchise owners, who this season added Giancarlo Stanton and his annual average $25 million contract, and have a team salary of more than $190.7 million.

That salary would be second in MLB only to the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a payroll at about $196.6 million, according to industry analysts.

Although tops in MLB in value, that still leaves the Yankees second behind the most valuable sports franchise in the world, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, valued at more than $4.2 billion, according to Forbes.

Something that many of the top-valued MLB teams have in common is a recent World Series title or appearance.

The Dodgers, valued No. 2 at $3 billion, played in the Fall Classic last season, losing to the Houston Astros, ranked No. 11 with a $1.65 billion value.

No. 3 on the list is the Chicago Cubs, winners of the 2016 World Series, valued at $2.9 billion, according to Forbes.

The San Fransisco Giants are No. 4, valued at $2.85 billion, and winners of the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The Boston Red Sox, valued at $2.8 billion, round out the Top Five; the team was World Series champs in 2004, 2007 and most recently in 2013.

Although the Yankees have not won a World Series since 2009, they have 27 titles to their name, average more than 3 million in attendance per year and last season won 91 games, the team’s highest total since 2012 (95).

According to Forbes writer Mike Ozanian, “The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue — $619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at 15% since a group led by George Steinbrenner paid $8.8 million for the team in 1973.”

Steinbrenner's sons, Hal and Hank, are co-chairmen for team owner Yankee Global Enterprises.

The average value of MLB teams is $1.645 billion, up 7% from last year, and average revenue was up almost 5%; but operating income was down 17%, per Forbes.

By comparison, NFL franchises are worth an average of $2.5 billion and NBA teams are worth an average of $1.65B, with all 30 franchises hitting the $1B mark for the first time, with the New York Knicks ($3.6 billion) topping the list.

Pulling down the average MLB franchise value, according to Forbes, are the Bottom Five.

That includes No. 26 Oakland A’s ($1.02 billion), No. 27 Kansas City Royals ($1.015 billion, World Series losers in 2014 but World Champs in 2015), No. 28 Cincinnati Reds ($1.01 billion), No. 29 Miami Marlins ($1 billion) and No. 30 Tampa Bay Rays ($900 million).

According to Forbes, “Average revenue and operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for MLB’s 30 teams were $315 million and $29 million, respectively, for the 2017 season. Revenue was up 4.7% from 2016 mainly due to more television, premium seating and sponsorship money.

“Meanwhile, operating income was down 17% primarily because of more spending on marketing, player development and analytics.”

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