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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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Apr172014

Durant Again Seeks The No. 1 Position During NBA Playoff Marketing Picture

By Barry Janoff

April 17, 2014: For the past few seasons, LeBron James has been the most marketed player in the NBA, with a peak during the playoffs when he has appeared in ads that included Nike, Sprite, McDonald's and Samsung.

Last season, however, as he led the Miami Heat to their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance and second consecutive NBA championship, James' on-air marketing appearances were conspicuous by their absence and mainly focused on a campaign for Beats By Dre.

Concurrently, Kevin Durant stepped up his playoff marketing game. During the 2013 post-season, the forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder appeared in a bevy of TV spots, including Sprint, Skullcandy, Gatorade, Nike, NBA's BIG and BBVA Compass.

Now, with the 2014 playoffs underway, Durant is again hitting the national marketing trail. First up, Durant stars in a new spot for Sprint to support the NBA's official wireless telecommunications provider's Family Plan.

The multi-platform effort sees Durant being invited to join The Frobinsons, a fictitious loopy clan being brought to life in the current Sprint campaign, which includes a hamster for a dad, a daughter who speaks only French and a son who is the only one in the group with a heavy southern drawl. The Frobinsons pay homage to the similarly loopy but close-knit futuristic family from the 2007 Disney animated movie, Meet the Robinsons.

In addition to a TV spot, Durant will be featured in digital extensions supporting the Sprint Framily Plan.

Sprint said that Nascar driver Jeff Gordon soon would be joining The Frobinsons.

Durant earns about $12-$14 million in endorsements, according to industry analysts. This is his third spot for Sprint.

He recently signed with Roc Nation Sports, headed by Jay-Z, as the agency's first NBA client.

James tops $42 million in endorsements, including a current campaign for McDonald's.

“We’re proud to introduce Kevin Durant as the newest member of our Frobinsons campaign” Jeff Hallock, CMO for Sprint, said in a statement. “Kevin is an ideal role model for any kid to dream of having as a part of their Framily.”

The premise of the 30-second spot, according to Sprint, is that "kids across America dream about getting the chance to talk with an NBA superstar like Kevin Durant."

The action opens with Frobinsons son Zach in a treehouse asking his mom if Durant, who appears to be 50 feet tall, "can join our Sprint Framily plan."

Mom, unfazed by the gigantic hoops player in her front yard, agrees. "The more people we add, the more we save," she says with a smile.

Unfortunately, Durant, wearing his Thunder uniform, has to refuse the offer. "I'm not really here," he tells the kid. "You're dreaming."

To prove his point, Durant's basketball shoes sprout rockets and he is boosted skyward.

A voiceover is immune to the weird going's on. "The Sprint Framily Plan is available to new and existing customers. The more people added to the group, up to ten phone lines total, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan." (See the full spot here.)

The campaign was created by Figliulo&Partners in partnership with DigitasLBi and MediaVest.

On Madison Avenue, KD Is The Peyton Manning Of Basketball Marketing

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