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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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Thursday
May252017

Ortiz Was An All-Star, But Can He Act Like Stars Damon, DiCaprio, Affleck, Barrymore?

By Barry Janoff

May 25, 2017: David Ortiz has not played baseball since leaving the Boston Red Sox after the 2016 season, but he certainly has not waked away from the public spotlight.

In a new humorous campaign for Omaze, he is trying his hand at acting, recreating roles played by the likes of Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Afflack, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jimmy Fallon and even Drew Barrymore.

The focus of the effort is the No. 34 retirement ceremony being held in his honor on June 23 in Fenway Park, where he helped to lead the Red Sox to three World Series titles.

Via Omaze, an online site in which people make donations for the opportunity to participate in unique experiences, Ortiz is offering a VIP package that includes accommodations in a four-star Boston hotel, attending a celebrity roast for Ortiz in the House of Blues, watching the retirement ceremony from the owner's seats, going to batting practice, taking selfies with Ortiz and getting a personalized autographed Ortiz Red Sox jersey. (Details here.)

Every donation supports The David Ortiz Children’s Fund and the Red Sox Foundation.

Winner(s) are chosen at random.

Donations range from $10-$5,000. Each comes with a Big Papi item (i.e. autographed book, signed lithograph, baseball bundle) and an increased number of chances to win depending on the size of the donation. (Details here.)

Ortiz is promoting the Omaze opportunity in a spot, appropriately titled "Big Papi: Famous Boston Movie Scenes," in which he gets to show off his acting ability, re-enacting roles from movies that were filmed in Boston.

Among them, Ortiz plays roles from The Town (Ben Affleck), Good Will Hunting (Matt Damon and Robin Williams), Fever Pitch (Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore) and The Departed (Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon).

"I will be honest. I miss it," Ortiz says in the spot. "The lights, the crowd, the big show. Which is why I’m teaming up with Omaze to fly you and a friend to Boston to join me at Fenway Park the day they will retire my jersey. And then I will immediately come out of retirement . . . to become an actor.

"Many people say, But Papi, what about your (Dominican Republic) accent? To them I say, I’m proud of my Boston accent. So enjoy . . . "

A handwritten sign reads: Big Papi Productions Presents . . . A Boston Cinema Tribute starring David Ortiz.

He then re-enacts scenes from the movies.

"Wow," he says rubbing tears form his eyes when the clips end. "Very powerful stuff, man."

Then, smiling, he says, "Just kidding. that was acting, too."

Then he makes the pitch for the trip to Boston. "Go to Omaze.com/papi for your chance to join me, in Boston."

Ortiz has been anything but retired since leaving MLB after 20 seasons with 541 career home runs (plus 17 in the post-season) and 1,768 RBIs and being selected to ten All-Star Games.

He currently stars in a campaign for John Hancock, "Retirement Rookie," in which he is fulfilling requests submitted by people, including taking an aquatic swimming class with senior citizens (see the spot here), treasure hunting and becoming a vendor in Fenway Park.

He also has been involved in numerous endeavors: promoting cigars, beer, chips, salsa, T-shirts and The David Ortiz Children's Fund; going golfing; attending World Series games; and appearing in campaigns including JetBlue, TurboTax, Dunkin’ Donuts, MLBAM, ESPN and Amazon. He just signed with Skechers and this month released his book, Papi: My Story.

Among the other adventures currently being offered at Omaze are getting an all-access pass from Robert Downey Jr. during the filming of the next Avengers movie, going to Ringo Starr’s birthday party and having a day at the beach with Orlando Bloom.

The David Ortiz Children’s Fund helps children in New England and the Dominican Republic who do not have access to the critical pediatric services they need.

The Red Sox Foundation has distributed more than $93 million to support programs serving children and families across New England.

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