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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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Thursday
May062010

Retailers Seek To Reverse Swing In Declining Golf Numbers

May 6, 2010: Mark Twain once commented that "Golf is a good walk, ruined." Apparently, more people are taking his words to heart.

In 2009, there were 486 million rounds of golf played on courses nationwide, down from 518 million rounds played in 2000, according to the National Golf Foundation. NGF, based in Jupiter, Fla., said that leading factors contributing to the decline are weather and the economy.

Golf has attracted the interest of more casual and non-golf fans this year due to the headlines being made by Tiger Woods off the course and Phil Mickelson's achievements on the course, including winning The Masters in April. However, that interest has not translated well for golf courses themselves. According to NGF, the decline has continued in 2010, with the number of rounds of golf played down 12.4% in the first three months of this year versus the same period in 2009.

The NGF also said the number of golfers in the U.S. has fallen for each of the past several years. Beginning with a peak in 2005 when more than 30 million golfers hit courses across the nation, the numbers were down to 29.5 million golfers in 2007 and 28.6 million golfers in 2008. (Numbers for 2009 have not yet been released to the public.)

However, two golf retailers have taken measures to help reverse this decline.

Golfsmith, which operates 75 retail stores across the country, has teamed with more than 70 golf courses to launch "Free Golf Month," during which it plans to give vouchers for upward of 50,000 rounds of golf to customers who have a minimum in-store purchase of $99. Golfsmith said the average free round is valued at $45-$50.

Separately, an online boutique for women's golf apparel, accessories, gear and fitness products has launched at Golf4Her.com. According to "webtique" founder and golfer Christina Thompson, golf retailers stock less than 15% of their inventory for women. "Golf4Her.com is 100% for women [and]  caters to the growing number of female golfers who want to look chic, sexy and fashionable on the golf course."

Golfsmith said that its promotion is a win-win for for golf because offering free rounds makes golf a bit more affordable for customers and will also benefit golf courses by potentially attracting new golfers to their courses. And Golfsmith also benefits. "With our ‘Free Golf Month’ promotion we’re now providing our customers a free pass and access to our network of great courses throughout the country while setting ourselves apart from the competition,” Marty Hanaka, CEO at Austin, Texas-based Golfsmith, said in a statement.

The vouchers, one per customer while supplies last, are good at participating golf courses that have partnered with Golfsmith locations in their respective areas. (Full details here).

“We’re making golf very affordable,”  said Hanaka. “Despite the challenging economic climate we are giving our customers exactly what they want - the opportunity to play more golf."

Golf4Her.com said its strategy is to tap into what the National Golf Foundation defines as one of the fastest growing demographics in the game, with an estimated 6.5 million women who are avid golfers.

"At Golf4Her, our goal is to inspire women to look and feel their best on and off the course", Thompson said in a statement. To that end, Golf4Her said it has partnered with the golf industry's top designers to offer the "latest styles, newest fabrics and hottest trends" in women's golf fashion.

"At Golf4Her, our goal is to inspire women to look and feel their best on and off the course", said Thompson. "We hope to be the first stop when shopping for golf apparel and accessories."

Thompson said the new site also offers a live chat feature that provides visitors with real-time support.

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