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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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Oct052017

Citing Growth Opportunity, Formula One Drives From NBC Sports To ESPN In 2018

By Barry Janoff

October 4, 2017: Calling it a "very important growth opportunity" and a "significant step forward in broadening the sport’s appeal," the Formula One racing circuit has signed a multi-year linear and digital partnership with ESPN, beginning with the 2018 season.

Formula One had aired exclusively in the U.S. on NBC Sports since 2013.

Financial terms of the alliance were not shared.

ESPN and ABC will televise all 21 races in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 2018 Formula One season begins with the Australian Grand Prix March 25 (ESPN2) and runs through the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Nov. 25 (ESPN2).

The first Formula 1 race to be broadcast in the U.S. was on ABC in 1962.

”This linear and digital partnership with ESPN represents a significant step forward in achieving Formula One’s aim of broadening the sport’s appeal,” Sean Bratches, managing director, commercial operations for Formula One, said in a statement.

“The U.S. market is very important growth opportunity for Formula One and we are looking forward to working with ESPN to ignite the growing fan interest.”

In signing off on its deal with Formula One, NBC Sports said, "Although we take great pride in having grown Formula One’s visibility and viewership since we became its exclusive U.S. media rights holder in 2013, this will be our last season with the series.

"In this case, we chose not to enter into a new agreement in which the rights holder itself competes with us and our distribution partners. We wish the new owners of F1 well."

Liberty Media acquired Formula One for $4.6 billion this past January.

Formula One sponsors last season included Heineken, Red Bull, financial firm UBS, Rolex, Pirelli, Puma and Tata Communications. Formula 1 said more than 200 companies are involved with its races.

Energy drink company Red Bull spent 26.1 times more on the motorsports series than the average of all F1 sponsors, according to the 2017 Motorsports Sponsorship Report from ESP Properties (formerly IEG), Chicago.

Marlboro was the second most active sponsor (17.9), followed by Pirelli (17.4), Ferrari (16.3), Honda (13), UBS (8), Petronas (7.5), Santander (6.8), Emirates Air (6.5), Heineken (6.5), Shell (5.9), Infiniti (5.1), Mobil 1 (4.9), SAP (4.9) and DHL (spent 4.9 times more on the motorsports series than the average of all F1 sponsors).

Beginning with the season-opening Formula One Australian Grand Prix on March 25, and ending with the Nov. 25 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, all of the races will air live in the U.S. on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.

“The U.S. market is very important growth opportunity for Formula One and we are looking forward to working with ESPN to ignite the growing fan interest.”

In all, more than 125 hours of Formula 1 programming, including all practice sessions, qualifying and races, will air live and in replay across ESPN platforms in 2018, according to ESPN.

“ESPN has had a long commitment to motorsports, and Formula One is a crown jewel in the sport,” Burke Magnus, ESPN evp-programming and scheduling, said in a statement. “There are many passionate Formula One fans in the U.S. and we look forward to bringing the pageantry, spectacle and excitement of F1 to viewers across the ESPN platform.”

Global spending on motorsports sanctioning bodies, teams and tracks is expected to total $5.75 billion in 2017, up 3.1% from $5.58 billion in 2016, but behind the projected 4.5% increase in overall global sponsorship spending, according to ESP Properties.

"Motorsports has proven to be a highly effective marketing platform," according to William Chipps, senior editor for the 2017 ESP Properties Motorsports Sponsorship Report. "But concerns over the shifting political and economic climate globally could weigh on big-ticket sponsorship expenditures."

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