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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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Apr032013

Dale Earnhardt Jr: Waves Caution Flag About Dangers Of Texting And Driving

By Barry Janoff

April 2, 2013: Texting and driving has become the equivalent of drinking and driving: Both can lead to calamitous if not disastrous results.

Coinciding with what has been decreed National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council, Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes the lead in a national campaign that not only addresses the dangers of texting and driving but offers a solution: the Sprint Drive First app, which helps drivers avoid the distraction of texting while driving.

The multi-level campaign is anchored by a TV spot and Internet, with a mini-site from Sprint; and social media including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The effort was created by Sprint and its agency, Team Sprint: Digitas and Leo Burnett.

“With drivers 23 times more likely to crash if they’re texting while driving, the issue of distracted driving continues to be of great concern to Sprint,” Bill White, svp-corporate communications and corporate social responsibility for Sprint, said in a statement. “Sprint chose to work with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in this new ad campaign because he lends a credible and recognizable voice to this important issue. This ad will help educate drivers about the importance responsible driving behavior, which we believe could save lives.”

According to Sprint, the Drive First application "locks an Android mobile phone when the phone’s GPS detects motion above ten miles per hour. Sprint Drive First can direct incoming calls to voice mail and silences distracting alerts. A customizable auto-response can be sent to all text messages, which are held until the driver comes to a stop."

Charges apply, but the company said that Sprint customers can sign up to receive a 15-day free trial by downloading the app from Google Play or visiting the Web site. (Full details here.)

Sprint said that the effort targets not just teens and adults, "but also for those who spend a lot of time behind the wheel, such as long-haul truck drivers, delivery drivers, sales representatives and field employees."

“It’s really easy to get distracted while you’re driving but the Sprint Drive First app takes away the temptation to drive and text,” Earnhardt Jr. said in a statement. “The technology used to create a safer driving environment is awesome and I’m happy to be the messenger for Sprint during National Distracted Driving Awareness month.”

In the 30-second TV spot, Earnhardt Jr. walks into his garage and speaks to two members of his pit crew. "Hey Dale," says one. "I got your text that says you couldn't text."

"Wait a minute," says the other mystified crew member. "Why would he text that he couldn't text?"

"I was driving," Earnhardt Jr. replies.

"Why not just not text instead of texting that you can't text?" asks the bewildered crew member.

"I didn't text," Earnhardt Jr. tries to explain.

The first crew member then jumps in. "It's just a text saying that he couldn't text."

The other crew member is still baffled. "So who actually texted the text that he couldn't text?"

The answer is as plain as the No. 88 on Earnhardt's National Guard Chevrolet SS: "Dale," says the first crew member.

It takes the voiceover guy to set the record straight. "The Sprint Drive First app. It blocks and repipes to texts while you drive." Text then offers, "Texting & Driving." But Earnhardt Jr.'s car then speeds across the screen and wipes out the "&."

According to Sprint, "The overarching message is that driving isn’t a problem, and texting isn’t a problem. [But] we can all help end texting and driving by using the Sprint Drive First application, which helps remove the temptation to drive and text at the same time."

Or as the voiceover explains, “We can all live without the ‘and.’” (See the full spot here.)

Sprint said that a different video would be shown at the Sprint Unlimited Experience, an interactive fan display Sprint is setting up at tracks each weekend throughout the racing season. In that video, Earnhardt Jr. invites fans to try to distract him by texting his number as he gets into a race simulator. As the simulated race begins, a message appears that reads: “Hey, I got your text but I’m driving right now. I’m using Sprint’s Drive First app. You should check it out at Sprint.com/drive.”

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