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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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Thursday
Jan212010

Brett Favre Back At Sears Selling TVs, Hinting At Trip To Super Bowl

"See you in Miami . . . Maybe not."January 21, 2010: Brett Favre has made good thus far on his decision to play for the Minnesota Vikings this season, leading them to the NFC championship game on Jan. 24 against the New Orleans Saints. His success also has been good news for Sears, which this week unveils an ad with supporting marketing that hints at the possibility of Favre and the Vikings going to Miami, the site of Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7.

The spot follows the same humorous vein, and was shot at the same time, as the Sears ad at the beginning of the season in which Favre waffles over purchasing a widescreen TV, much in the same way he waffled over the past two seasons about his decisions to retire and then unretire.

In the new spot, the same employee, a member of the Sears Blue Electronics Crew, from the first spot is showing Favre a widescreen Samsung. "Winning. Touchdowns. Pretty impressive," he says to Favre. Favre shrugs his shoulders. "Yeah, it's Ok."  The salesman then says, "I'm actually going to get going. I'm heading down to Miami. Maybe we'll see you down there." Then, pausing, the Sears guy says, "Eh, maybe we won't." Favre looks at him and asks, somewhat irritated, "What are you trying to say?!" Lead agency is Young & Rubicam, Chicago.

The spot then directs views to Sears.com/football to vote for their favorite Brett Favre Sears commercial and to enter to win a gift card as part of the TV MatchMaker sweepstakes, running now through Feb. 7. As part of a push to match consumers with their favorite electronics, Sears is asking consumers to fill out online questionnaires to become eligible to win gift cards valued at $1,500 and $500 toward the purchase of electronics at Sears.

Sears also said it would give "a free seven-inch tailgate TV to the first 444 people who purchase any TV on Sunday, Jan. 24 after 6 a.m. EST at Sears.com."

Among the Favre Sears commercials that are up for voting are one in which the Sears salesman says, "You look like Brett Favre," and Favre replies, "I get that a lot."; another in which he asks Favre, "Are you a football guy?" To which Favre replies, "Not really. Cooking. Ballet. The arts." And another in which he says to Favre, "Those are some man-hands. You're a sportsman, aren't you?" "Sort of," Favre replies. "You like jai alai?" he asks Favre. "I like the way it's spelled," smiles Favre. "How'd that 'j' get in there?"

Support also includes dedicated pages on YouTube, Facebook Twitter.

"We are spreading 'Favre Fever' to fans everywhere by extending great savings to our customers so they can enjoy watching the playoffs on a new TV and feel confident with their purchasing decision," Karen Austin, svp and president, Home Electronics, Sears Holdings, said in a statement. "With the combination of our affordable prices, quality products and real-time price checks, we know our customers will not waffle on their decision to buy a new TV so they can enjoy every play of the game to the fullest."

Brett Favre Decides On A Team — Sears

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