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Forbes is reporting that the Seattle Mariners home stadium which has been known as Safeco Field since 1999, will be renamed via a new naming rights deal with T-Mobile beginning with the 2019 MLB season. The naming rights deal with Safeco Insurance — 20 years for $40 million — expired this past season and Safeco decided not to renew. The T-Mobile deal could be for upward of $6 million per year.

• Eire Born Spirits said that "demand for Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey rapidly outpaced supply, resulting in an out-of-stock situation in its original release markets of Ireland and the U.S." Looking forward to being back in stock in the next few weeks."

• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24. 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB FINALISTS MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox
• Jose Ramirez, 3B Cleveland Indians
• Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies
• Javier Baez, 2B/SS Chicago Cubs
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

KEEPING SCORE

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)
• Washington Wizards (Geico)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. 2-4
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - 20th Century Fox - $50M
2. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms - Disney - $20M
3. Nobody's Fool - Paramount - $14M
4. A Star Is Born, - Warner Bros. - $11.1M
5. Halloween - Universal - $11M
6. Venom - Sony - $7.8M
7. Smallfoot - Warner Bros. - $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Sony - $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer - Lionsgate - $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give - 20th Century Fox - $3.4M
11. First Man - Universal - $2.3M
12. Night School - Universal - $2M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Mar182017

B-Dubs Puts Real Time, Overtime, Hit The Button Time Into March Madness Push

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2017: As the official hangout for NCAA March Madness, Buffalo Wild Wings knows a few things about wings, beer and making unusual things happen in sports.

Sprinkler systems turned on. Lights turned off. Men in black and aliens possibly responsible for the interceptions that Brett Favre threw during his NFL career.

And the cryptic connection between the "Hit the Button" device found in Buffalo Wild Wings locations and the inexplicable plays that happen during games when fans and customers "activate" them.

An official NCAA partner since 2013 via a three-year deal that was renewed last year, B-Dubs is bringing a full-out humorous multi-platform, "We Do It For You," into the 2017 NCAA hoops tournament, including TV, Internet, social media, in-restaurant at some 1,200 locations and on-site Final Four activation in Phoenix.

"For years, fans have pointed a finger at Buffalo Wild Wings on social media when an unexplained event happens, a game goes into overtime or they want us to intervene in the outcome," Bob Ruhland, vp-marketing for Buffalo Wild Wings, said in a statement.

"This year, we wanted to continue to extend this popular idea that Buffalo Wild Wings can make games more exciting and if our fans want something to happen — from rallying their team from a deficit to leveling the playing field — we would find a way to make that a reality."

Buffalo Wild Wings will again seek to "own" overtime, during which it gets extra time to promote itself, by encouraging fans and customers to "Hit the button."

The brand, indeed, took "credit" for the first overtime in Super Bowl history this past February when it said it received more than 7,500 requests on Twitter to do so, via the hash tag #HitTheButton.

For March Madness, when a game goes into overtime, B-Dubs will immediately air a spot called "Overtime Time," which "encourages fans to enjoy the five extra minutes of free basketball and not question who or what might have caused it," according to B-Dubs.

Buffalo Wild Wings will get air time during March Madness games on CBS and Turner Sport’s TBS, TNT and truTV via a series of spots reminiscent of The Twilight Zone TV show.

Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day LA.

In "No. 7," a member of the B-Dubs staff grants the wish of a customer watching hoops on TV to "remove No. 7 from the game," with the player transported from the action and appearing dazed and confused at the table.

"FooDoo" finds a vegetable appetizer in the shape of a voodoo doll able to impact action on the court, initially to the joy of the customers who ordered it but then to their dismay when the breaking of the talisman’s carrot leg appears to break the leg of a player in a game.

"Rally Beard" sees a clean-shaven Buffalo Wild Wings employee comply when two customers watching NCAA March Madness on TV need to help their team stage a rally — willing himself to grow a rally beard. One problem: he can't stop the beard from growing even after the rally has been successful.

"For years, fans have pointed a finger at Buffalo Wild Wings on social media when an unexplained event happens."

Among the ways that Buffalo Wild Wings is "putting the power in our fans hands" will be via Facebook (11.9 million followers) and Twitter, where B-Dubs will share videos and GIFs that visitors "can use to try to distract opponents on their own"with "Tools of Distraction" (a rally beard, free throw gong, an inflatable, dancing tube fan).

On Instagram, Buffalo Wild Wings is building "Instagram Stories" that offer people a "playbook tutorial for using B-Dubs' menu items to help affect games just by tapping through each step of the play."

B-Dubs said that people who use the #HitTheButton hash tag could find their tweets scrolled in real-time on the hoops-dedicated Web site, which offers TV scheudules and other March Madness items.
 
At the Final Four Fan Fest in Phoenix, the Buffalo Wild Wings Sports Lounge will include a Rally Beard Photo Op station, flat-screen TVs airing tournament coverage, a Blazin’ Challenge wing eating contest, Pop-a-Shot free-throw games and appearances by March Madness TV analysts and former coaches including Steve Lavin and Seth Greenberg.

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