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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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Sep162015

New MLB Awards Platform Sponsored By Esurance Seeks To Score With Fans

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

September 17, 2015: In April, MLB unveiled an alliance with Esurance that put the company front-and-center as MLB's official auto insurance sponsor and as title sponsor for the first all-digital All-Star Game ballot. The deal gave the company access to all 30 MLB teams via an integrated 360 marketing effort featuring broadcast, digital and social assets and saw fan-specific activation on several baseball fronts, including MLB Network.

Esurance and MLB have built on their first-year pact with The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards, described as an "expanded awards program leveraging social media and technology culminating in a multi-platform broadcast special."

The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards will encompass 24 categories, including Best Major Leaguer, Best Bounceback Player, Best Breakout Player, Best Social Media Personality, Best Fan Catch, Best Video Board Moment, Best Interview and Best Celebrity Fan.

The voting will be supported by a multi-media platform, including a dedicated TV commercial that explains the voting process, Internet, social media, in-stadium and an Esurance #AwardWorthy Sweepstakes offering tickets to 2016 games, a trip to the MLB Winter Meetings and other goodies. (Details here.)

MLB said that the majority of The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards winners would be unveiled during a TV and online special broadcast from MLB Network on Nov 20.

Voting will be held exclusively at MLB.com and the respective Web sites of each MLB team over the next two months.

There will be five different groups of voters: fans, members of the baseball media, club front-office personnel, former MLB players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members. Each count for 20% of the winner selection, according to MLB. Winners in each category will receive the trophy known as the GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball).

“The Esurance MLB Awards will recognize the ways today's Major League players make an impact both on the field and through fan engagement,” Noah Garden, MLB evp-business, said in a statement. “This awards platform with Esurance takes a fun look at how fans consume, enjoy and appreciate baseball in 2015.”
 
According to Alan Gellman, CMO for San Francisco-based Esurance, a division of Allstate, “The Esurance MLB Awards is a true collaboration between MLB and Esurance to bring fans an all-digital awards experience with a new website to serve as a content hub, discussion forum, and voting platform for fans to engage with each other and be a part of the awards season like never before.”

Six winners will be revealed separately during the MLB TV  telecast: four will be announced on MLB.com, the MLB.com At Bat mobile app; and on official MLB social media accounts including Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook that same day. The awards for Best Manager and Best Executive will be revealed and presented in-person to the winners on MLB Network and MLB.com from the 2015 Winter Meetings in December.

Earlier this season, the first all-digital Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot and the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote each set all-time records for fan voting. Esurance also has a marketing deal with Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, which includes a TV spot that is part of the company's "Sorta You isn't You" campaign.



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