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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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May292018

Four-Peat: Cavaliers, Warriors, ESPN Again Ready To Fast-Break To NBA Finals

By Barry Janoff

May 29, 2018: The NBA Finals are set, with the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors roster of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant Draymond Green and crew set to meet for the fourth consecutive season.

There will be some repeats, as well, in broadcast and marketing support, but there also will be a lot of new activation when the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV begin May 31 on ABC.

Even longer than the Cavs-Warriors four-peat, this season is the 16th consecutive time ESPN has produced the NBA Finals on ABC.

The longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcast quartet — Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke — will call their ninth championship series together. Officiating expert Steve Javie will provide additional analysis.

Each game during the NBA Finals on ABC will begin with a custom broadcast open. This year, it will feature several songs from J. Cole’s KOD (pictured below), including “ATM,” “Motivat8,” “Photograph” and “Brackets.”

ESPN and the NBA ("Finally Mine" under its "This is Why We Play" banner) have activated their own marketing efforts, including TV, Internet and social media.

Such NBA partners as Nike, 2K, EA, Kia, New Era, State Farm, Anheuser-Busch, Tissot, Kaiser Permanente, Fanatics, Jack Daniel’s, Taco Bell, American Express, Gatorade, Kumho Tire, Kia, Mtn. Dew, Spalding and Finals presenting partner YouTube TV are unveiling activation during The Finals or adding elements to platforms that broke during the post-season.

Among the highlights, 2K will announce the cover athlete of NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition; on June 9, EA will release a first-look trailer for NBA Live 19.

Presenting partner YouTube TV along with NBA and ESPN digital properties will create custom spots to air on ABC's broadcast of the NBA Finals.

YouTube TV will also be promoting tune-in of the NBA Finals on ABC with YouTube TV to existing YouTube TV members and prospective members through YouTube and Google digital properties

The NBA will run a co-promotion with Sony Pictures for The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington (pictured below, in theaters July 20).

As part of ESPN’s” all-in coverage” of the NBA Finals, it will unveil  “NBA Surround,” which will include pre-game and in-game second-screen streaming offerings for every game, and special post-game “NBA at the Mic” shows (ESPN2 or ESPNEWS, which will carry post-game press conferences).
 
During every NBA Finals game, ESPN will also present “Full Court Press,” a second-screen experience featuring ESPN NBA commentators and special guests (ESPN3 on the ESPN App).

ESPN Radio, in its 24th season of NBA coverage, will serve as the national radio home for the NBA Finals. Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown will be calling his record 17th NBA Finals as an analyst.

NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless — ESPN and ABC’s pregame show — will be on-site throughout the NBA Finals for back-to-back 30-minute shows on ESPN and ABC leading into each game.

Detail, the basketball analysis and film study show from ESPN and Kobe Bryant’s Granity Studios, will document every NBA Finals game exclusively on ESPN+.

The NBA Finals will be available in Spanish, exclusively on ESPN Deportes.

The NBA Finals will air on ESPN platforms globally, including Latin America (including Brazil), Caribbean and Oceania. Additionally, ESPN brand licensing partners will air the event including, BT Sport (UK), TSN (Canada), Sony (India), Kwese (sub-Saharan Africa), and Tencent (China).

As for the outcome of the Finals:

“This is the biggest difference that I remember between two teams heading into the Finals in my time in the NBA,” Van Gundy said on Tuesday during an ESPN media conference call. “I can’t — I can’t think of a bigger gap from a team perspective.

According to Mark Jackson, “I’m not going to say zero percent chance; they have the best player in the world . . . in the NBA Finals.

“With that being said, Cleveland, one thing about Houston, (a) majority of the series, they did a very good job defensively following game plan discipline. The Warriors will make you pay the price for making mistakes.”

Jackson said that for James and the Cavaliers to have any chance of beating the Warriors at all, they have to “make sure that defensively you’re one accord. But they are clearly the favorite, without question, but the luxury of having the best player in the world in that situation, anything can happen.”

On whether or not people will tune into watch Warriors-Cavaliers 4.0, “I don’t think it’s up to us to try to excite people,” said Van Gundy. “The games will either excite people (or not); the results will either excite people (or not).

“If James and the Cavaliers win Game 1, you know, the interest is going to skyrocket because they are going to have done what they — very few except for them maybe think they can do, which is win at Golden State.”

(Editor's note: If the Cavs win Game 1 or 2 at Golden State, a Taco Bell promo kicksoffering people nationwide the opportunity to “steal” a free Doritos Locos Taco; details here.)

But, said Van Gundy, “If they get blown out both games, it doesn’t matter what we say. People aren’t going to be as excited. To me, it’s all about — it’s not about what we say, it’s about what happens on the floor and the results that the teams get.

“And if it’s a competitive series, it’s going to be great for the NBA because one, obviously it’s the Finals, but two, I think it’s going to be an unexpected competitive series if it is truly competitive.”

“It’s great for the league to have the two best teams make it to the Finals, and that’s what took place, the two best teams in their respective conferences are representing them,” said Jackson.

“It’s great when you look at the Warriors team filled with great, great players and a great coach and been able to accomplish what they have been able to accomplish,” said Jackson. “You look on the other side, a great coach and all-time great player, it’s a tremendous story. It’s awesome for the league to have tremendous star power on the biggest, brightest stage.”
 
NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV Schedule On ABC:

• Game 1 May 31 Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors 9 PM ET
• Game 2: June 3 Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors 8 PM ET
• Game 3: June 6 Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers 9 PM ET
• Game 4: June 8 Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers 9 PM ET
• Game 5 June 11 Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors 9 PM ET*
• Game 6: June 14 Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers 9 PM ET*
• Game 7: June 17 Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors 8 PM ET*
*If Necessary

NBA Marketers, Denzel Ready To Play During The Finals

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