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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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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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Oct092009

UPDATE: Swingers Unite - Golf (And Rugby) Reinstated By IOC For 2016 Games

As part of his efforts for golf, Tiger Woods will make a videotape message of appeal to the IOC.October 9, 2009: Tiger Woods earns more than $90 million a year in endorsements, has won 14 major golf tournaments and more than 70 tournaments overall as a professional, but the International Olympic Committee has the power to give Woods an opportunity he has yet to achieve — win an Olympic gold medal.

Both golf and rugby sevens now have golden futures as they have been voted by the International Olympic Committee for inclusion beginning with the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. The two sports had been recommended by the IOC Executive Board in August following an extensive evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission of the seven sports seeking to enter the program. Golf was last seen in the Olympics during the 1900 Games in Paris and the 1904 Games in St. Louis.
“Both golf and rugby are very popular sports with global appeal and a strong ethic,” IOC President Jacques Rogge, who also was elected to another term,  said in a statement. “They will be great additions to the Games.”

Both sports needed to receive a majority of votes from the 106 IOC members taking part in the process. Golf was approved 63-27 with two abstentions. Rugby was voted in 81-8 with one abstention. Golf will have a 72-hole stroke-play tournament to include the world's top ranked men and women golfers at the thime, with 60 players in each field. They are the first new sports added since triathlon and taekwondo joined the program for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Padraig Harrington and Michelle Wie addressed the IOC in person before the vote. Tiger Woods made a video presentation.

"There is absolutely no question that adding golf to the Olympics would be great for the sport and a great addition to the Games," said Karen Durkin, CEO of the Women's Sports Foundation and a former evp and CMO for the LPGA. "It not only would help golf grow around the world for generations to come, it would be a strong partner to the sports already represented at the Olympics."

Golf and rugby already had cleared numerous hurdles just to get to this point, having been recommended this past August by the IOC's executive board for reinstatement voting while baseball, softball karate, squash and roller sports failed to make the cut.

Woods himself has been a strong proponent for golf's Olympic status, and members of the IOC who are convening in Copenhagen will see the him on videotape extolling the game's virtues and importance to the global sports community. A key selling point: Woods has promised to be part of the U.S. golf team and play in the Olympics in 2016, adding with a smile in a recent comment, "if I'm not retired by then." Woods would be 40 and still a strong contender to make the squad.

Two more key selling points to reinstatement: The sport's representative associations have said that the top golfers at the time would play in the Olympics, and also that tournament schedules would be adjusted so as not to conflict with the Summer Games. Under a current proposal, the world's top 15 ranked players in both the men's and women's fields at the time would be eligible for the Olympics, with 15 other top-ranked men and 15 other top-ranked women also eligible, with selections dependent on which country they would represent.

Golf icons Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam have been working as official global ambassadors, helping to present a unified front under the auspices of the International Golf Federation, which is recognized by the IOC as the sport's representative group. Among golf's other high-profile Olympic supporters are two-time US Open champion Padraig Harrington and LPGA star Michelle Wie, who flew to Copenhagen as part of a golf contingent to speak with IOC voters. "I'm really excited and I feel really honored that I got chosen to go over there," Wie told reporters. "Hopefully, golf will be part of the Olympics. If that happens, I think it would be the greatest thing that could ever happen to golf . . . it would be the highest achievement for any golfer, or for any athlete, to be part of the Olympics."

Although not beholding to his opinion, IOC president Jacques Rogge said in a statement in August after golf and rugby were approved for reinstatement voting, "Golf and rugby [wold] be a great additions to the Olympics."

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