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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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Nov052010

BBVA, Self-Proclaimed 'Bank Of Sports,' Extends Sponsorships Into College Football

November 4, 2010: BBVA Compass, a leading financial institution in the Sunbelt Region and the self-proclaimed "Bank of Sports," has signed a multi-year deal to become title sponsor and marketing partner of the Birmingham Bowl, which pits teams from the Southeastern Conference and the Big East. The first  BBVA Compass Bowl, which formerly had been known as the Papajohns.com Bowl, will be played Jan. 8, 2011,  and shown on ESPN.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal was signed with ESPN Regional Television, Inc., a subsidiary of ESPN.

This is the second major sports deal for BBVA since September, when the firm signed on to become the official bank of the NBA, the WNBA  and the NBA Development League in the U.S., Spain and Puerto Rico. Parent company BBVA Group in Europe also has an alliance with La Liga, Spain's top professional soccer league. When the NBA deal was signed, Gregorio Panadero, BBVA global chief communications officer, stated that the agreement "solidifies BBVA's position as the 'Bank of Sports' and opens up a new and ambitious pathway to growth in Spain, as well as in the U.S., through the BBVA Compass brand."

In addition to title sponsorship of the BBVA Compass Bowl, the agreement also provides BBVA Compass secondary sponsorships in three of ESPN's other Bowl games: the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque (Dec. 18), the Texas Bowl in Houston (Dec. 29) and  the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth (Dec. 30).

Several other college football bowl games also have signed new sponsors this year, including the Discover Orange Bowl, the Vizio Rose Bowl and the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

According to BBVA executives, these partnerships "enhance BBVA's overall commitment to sports . . . and fully identifies the bank with the values of passion, teamwork, and fair play inherent in sports."

"The agreement with ESPN will allow us a channel where we can connect with our customers' passion," Manolo Sanchez, BBVA U.S. country manager and president and CEO of BBVA Compass, said in a statement. "For many people, their favorite sports team is a central part of who they are and college football fans are among the most passionate fans in the world. At BBVA Compass, we want to provide fans an opportunity to participate in what they love."

"For many people, their favorite sports team is a central part of who they are and college football fans are among the most passionate fans in the world."

Activation around the BBVA Compass Bowl will include the BBVA Compass Street Festival the evening prior to the game, the Fan Zone at Historic Legion Field on game day, Internet, POP and signage and other marketing in and around the venue.

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates more than 717 branches including 382 in Texas, 92 in Alabama — including 29 locations in Birmingham, 65 in California, 77 in Arizona, 45 in Florida, 36 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico. BBVA Group is a leading European bank, with 48 million clients, 7,600 branches, and approximately 105,000 employees in more than 30 countries, according to the financial firm.

According to Mark Meadows, ESPN executive director of the BBVA Compass Bowl, "We are extremely pleased to have formed this strategic alliance with BBVA Compass in order to continue the growth and success of our first four years. The prospect of working with a Birmingham based corporation and the willingness of their staff to explore new marketing strategies will pay dividends for the BBVA Compass Bowl for years to come."

Now in its fifth year, the now titled BBVA Compass Bowl has generated more than $41.3 million in economic impact for the Birmingham area, according to officials. "The BBVA Compass Bowl provides us with a great opportunity to enhance the economic impact to the city of Birmingham while the agreement also allows us to reach fans in three other key Western markets that we serve," said Sanchez.

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