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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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Is Wayne Gretzky Planning A 'Comeback,' And Does It Involve Kim Kardashian?

Wayne Gretzky seems prepared for his 'comeback.'January 11, 2011: Wayne Gretzky, a member of the Pro Hockey Hall of Fame and holder of a plethora of NHL records, has signed a deal to appear in marketing for Skechers USA as part of the brand's "Comeback" campaign.

Gretzky, who retired from active play in 1999, will be featured in multi-media efforts throughout the year. His creative will follow along the lines of Skechers spokesmen Joe Montana, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, retired Hall of Fame athletes in their respective sports who are using Shape-ups fitness footwear to instill talk about returning to active play. Financial terms of the deal with Gretzky were not disclosed.

According to Skechers, Gretzky's campaign will include TV, print, viral and outdoor through 2011. TV spots are scheduled to break this spring "on major networks." The "Comeback" campaign launched about a year ago and included a spot during Super Bowl XLIV with Montana, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Skechers is planning to run a spot during Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6 on Fox featuring reality star Kim Kardashian for the Shape-ups toning footwear line. On her Web site, she wrote regarding the storyline, "I have to break someone’s heart in the end . . . but you’ll have to wait to see why!" The alliance is a throwback to Skechers' marketing of the 1990s when marketing featured the likes of Briteny Spears and Christina Aguilera and was targeted mainly at tween and teen girls.

Karl Malone has his own 'comeback' campaign.“We’re incredibly excited to be introducing yet another sports legend to our Shape-ups ‘Comeback’ roster — and it doesn’t get any more legendary in the hockey world than Wayne Gretzky,” Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers USA, Manhattan Beach, Calif., said in a statement regarding the athlete whose nickname was "The Great One." “Endorsements from Wayne and all the athletes in this campaign help us reach not only sports fans, but also new fitness-minded consumers who may be unfamiliar with the benefits of Shape-ups.”

Unlike Malone, who retired from the NBA as the second leading all-time scorer in league history behind Abdul-Jabbar, Gretzky would seem to have no real reason to return to the NHL. When he retired, he held some 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records and six All-Star Game records. His No. 99 jersey has been retired by every team in the NHL. And also unlike Malone, whose teams never won an NBA title, Gretzky was a member of five NHL championship Stanley Cup winning squads, all with the Edmonton Oilers. From 2002-2009 he was head coach and head of hockey operations for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.

"Endorsements from Wayne and all the athletes in this campaign help us reach not only sports fans, but also new fitness-minded consumers."

However, as Gretzky, who turns 50 this month, offered, “I want everyone out there to know it’s never too late to make a comeback. Shape-ups are the perfect tool to help get your body back on track and after wearing Shape-ups, I feel great — from my legs to my core. I’m proud to stand behind the entire Shape-ups product line because of one simple fact — they really work.”

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