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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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Feb152018

State Farm Adds NBA Legend Clyde ‘The Glide’ To CP3’s Houston Marketing Journey

By Barry Janoff

February 15, 2018: Chris Paul has found a new and ever-growing group of friends in his move from Los Angeles to Houston — which occurred in real life via a pre-season trade from the Clippers to the Rockets, but in Madison Avenue terms via a scenario created by State Farm.

Paul’s newest pal is Clyde “The Glide” Drexler, a member of the Houston Rockets 1994-95 NBA championship squad, gold medal winner with the “Dream Team” during the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In a new spot from State Farm, “Game Night,” Paul plays a game of charades with his State Farm agent, Cole Perez (played by actor Oscar Nuñez) against a team of Drexler and Rockets’ All-Star guard James Harden.

“Game Night” spot will break during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on TNT, part of the NBA’s All-Star Game festivities this weekend in Los Angeles.

Reggie Millier, former NBA star and current NBA on TNT commentator and analyst, also appears in two new stand-alone spots with Nuñez, including "Getting Older." Miller has been in previous spots for State Farm.

This past November. Paul, Harden and Drexler visited Houston schools and hosted fund-raising as part of  rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey in conjunction with NBA Cares, State Farm, Chris Paul Family Foundation and Reading Is Fundamental.

In “Grand Tour,” the spot that preceded “Game Night,” we saw Paul acclimating to Houston with the help of Rockets teammates Harden and Trevor Ariza.

But it’s his new State Farm agent who gives Paul his biggest assist and really “gets him.” They finish each other’s sentences and share a love of bowling, chili fries and the Backstreet Boys’ hit song, “I Want It That Way.”

The bond continues in “Game Night,” where, as State Farm warns,” If you ever play charades against Chris Paul and his State Farm Agent Cole, good luck. These guys just get each other that good.”

Cole gives Paul the minimalist of clues, but Paul is able to rattle off the random, nonsensical answers. “Chicken fingers.” “Clyde The Glide.” “Low-cut socks,”  “Papua New Guinea.”

Drexler is flabbergasted, “That’s amazing,” he says. “I need an agent like that.”

The game takes place in Drexler’s den, which is filled with his trophies, jerseys and other memorabilia.

Nuñez as Perez offers, “I got you Glide. You worked hard for those (trophies). I’ll give them the protection they deserve.”

When it’s back to charades, Nunez makes a small move and Paul correctly guesses, “Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo.”

This time it’s Harden who is befuddled. “Battle of Waterloo?”

Text offers, “Get an agent that gets you. Here to help life go right.  State Farm.”

The campaign with Paul is scheduled to run through 2018.

Lead agency is Translation.

“Game Night” is part of a larger effort State Farm will enact during All-Star Weekend.

Among the company’s activation:

• State Farm will serve as the title partner of All-Star Saturday Night, to air on TNT, which includes  the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL Three-Point Contest and Verizon Slam Dunk

• State Farm branding will be prominently placed throughout Staples Center on stanchions, pole pads, seat backs and on-court decals throughout the event
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• State Farm will use its All-Star Assist Tracker to tally the number of assists during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. State Farm will donate $1,800 per assist that take place during the All-Star Game (in addition to $5 per assist throughout the season, to support State Farm’s Community assist events

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