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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

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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)

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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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Apr252018

Commission On College Basketball Report: 'Toxic Mix Of Perverse Incentives To Cheat'

By Barry Janoff

April 25, 2018: The Independent Commission on College Basketball was established on Oct. 11, 2017, to “assess the state of the enterprise and to recommend transformational changes to address multiple issues and challenges.”

Led by former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, the commission came down hard on the NCAA in some areas, commended it in other areas, took a pass in yet others in a 60-page report released today (April 25).

It comes as the FBI is investigating payments, payoffs and other actions by universities, coaches and/or student-athletes.

It also comes as sponsorship spending on college athletics totaled a record $1.24 billion in the 2017-2018 season, a 4.5% increase over 2017, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

In addition, in 2017, national TV ad spend during March Madness was a record $1.28 billion, up slightly from 2016’s $1.24 billion, according to media intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

The 2018 Tournament is expected to set another record when final totals are assessed.

Where does this and other money go?

At a time when the debate over whether or not to pay college athletes has risen to a new crescendo, the NCAA said, “NCAA schools distribute more than $3.3 billion in athletics scholarships each year.”

The NCAA also said that 80% of college athletes are earning degrees, “The highest rate ever.”

“In brief, it is the overwhelming assessment of the Commission that the state of men’s college basketball is deeply troubled,” the Independent Commission on College Basketball report read. “The levels of corruption and deception are now at a point that they threaten the very survival of the college game as we know it.

"It has taken some time to get here, and it will take time to change course.”

“The levels of corruption and deception are now at a point that they threaten the very survival of the college game as we know it."

The commissioners said that they wanted to be very clear about something: “There is much to admire about college basketball even with its significant challenges. The commitment and hard work of student-athletes is seen on basketball courts across the country.”

According to the Report, ”Lost in the talk of big money and corruption is colleges’ central mission to provide higher education to students. There is debate about how to measure the graduation rate for college students, including student-athletes.

“There is, however, general agreement that the graduation rate for men’s Division I basketball players lags behind that of other student-athletes, perhaps significantly. NCAA schools must take seriously the obligation to help all student-athletes obtain the education they are promised.”

The commissioners took direct aim at the cost of running college hoops programs and the value of student-athletes, supporting what is common knowledge.

“Millions of dollars are now generated by television contracts and apparel sponsorship for the NCAA, universities and coaches,” according to the report. “The financial stake in success has grown exponentially; and thus, there is an arms race to recruit the best talent — and if you are a coach — to keep your job.

“Future stars and their families know their value — and can be tempted to monetize their worth as soon as possible since they will not be compensated in college. Some agents, summer coaches and other third parties act as intermediaries and facilitators.

“In other words, the environment surrounding college basketball is a toxic mix of perverse incentives to cheat.”

The Commission made a number of recommendations, among them:

End One-and-Done: “The Commission calls on the NBA and the National Basketball Players Assn. again to make 18-year-olds eligible for the NBA draft, so that high school players who are drafted may proceed to the NBA.

“The NCAA lacks the legal power to change one-and-done on its own; the power to make this change lies exclusively with the NBA and the NBPA.”

Allow Student-Athletes To Test Their Professional Prospects And Maintain Their Eligibility If They Do Not Sign A Professional Contract.

Permit Students To Receive Meaningful Assessment of Professional Prospects Earlier With Assistance From Certified Agents.

On Paying College Players: “Paying modest salaries to Division I basketball players will not address the particular corruption the Commission confronts, nor will providing student-athletes a modest post-graduation trust fund based on licensing of names, images and likeness.’’

Provide Resources To Make The Promise of A College Education Real: ”The Commission recommends that the NCAA immediately establish a substantial fund and commit to paying for the degree completion of student-athletes with athletic scholarships who leave member institutions after progress of at least two years towards a degree.”

Enact and Impose Core Punishments With Significant Deterrent Effect: “The Commission recommends the following increases in the core penalty structure: (i) increase the competition penalties for Level I violations to allow a five-year post-season ban; (ii) increase the financial penalties for Level I violations to allow loss of all revenue sharing in post-season play, including the NCAA tournament, for the entire period of the ban; (iii) increase the penalties for a show-cause order to allow life-time bans; (iv) increase the penalties for head coach restrictions to allow bans of more than one season; and (v) increase the penalties for recruiting visit violations to allow full-year visit bans.”

Enlist the Apparel Companies in Transparency and Accountability Efforts: “The apparel companies that actively sponsor non-scholastic basketball are public companies. It appears, however, that they do not have effective controls in place in their spending in non-scholastic basketball.

“The Commission calls on the boards of these companies to publicly support and implement financial transparency and accountability with respect to their own investments in non-scholastic basketball. Particularly in light of the facts uncovered in the recent FBI investigation, these public companies should be concerned about how their money is used in non-scholastic basketball.”

NBAPA executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement in response to the Commission:

“The NBA and the NBPA thank Secretary Rice and the members of the Commission on College Basketball for their commitment to address the issues facing men’s college basketball. We support NCAA policy and enforcement reforms that will better safeguard the well-being of players while imposing greater accountability on representatives and programs that fail to uphold the values of the game.

“We also share the Commission's concern with the current state of youth basketball and echo that all stakeholders — including the NBA, NBPA, NCAA, and USA Basketball — have a collective responsibility to help bring about positive change.

“Regarding the NBA’s draft eligibility rules, the NBA and NBPA will continue to assess them in order to promote the best interests of players and the game.”

NCAA president Mark Emmert in a statement said, “The NCAA appreciates the thorough review and comprehensive work by the Commission on College Basketball. The Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will now review the independent commission’s recommendations to determine the appropriate next steps.”

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