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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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Aug132013

Stephen Curry To James Harden: You Should Take A Pass On The Singing Career

By Barry Janoff

August 13, 2013: James Harden can ball, but can he sing? The reviews are in.

In a new spot from Foot Locker, Harden tries to transition from his NBA career-best season in 2012-13 with the Houston Rockets to a starring role in the recording studio. Turns out that Harden, one of the league's top point guards, should have passed on his effort to become the next Jay-Z.

At least according to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, making his first appearance in a national Foot Locker spot.

"We're excited to bring James and Stephen together for our latest commercial supporting our 'Approved' campaign," Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker, said in a statement. "The new spot really shows how these two players embody the sense of humor that underlies the Foot Locker brand marketing programs and drives our fresh product collection message."

The commercial, "Harden Soul," will air during sports programming, with support on the Internet and social media destinations such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Lead agency is BBDO, NY.

Foot Locker said it is timed for the back-to-school selling season, with Foot Locker offering not just shoes, but shirts, socks, hats, sweatshirts and backpacks, as well.

Foot Locker recently unveiled a commercial that put Los Angeles Clippers teammates Blake Griffin and Chris Paul together in a national spot for the first time.

The new commercial opens with Harden in a recording studio laying down R&B tracks. Curry walks in and tries to shut down the session. "James," Curry pleads, "don't do this."

"I just came off the best year of my career," Harden replies. "I have to keep things fresh."

Curry seems to know something that we don't. "Let's just go to Foot Locker. They got all the fresh new gear."

"But I have real talent," Harden insists.

Harden's request is falling on deaf ears. "Can I gat a playback," Curry says to one of the technicians busy running the control board. A voice that would make cats yowl and onions cry then moans over the speakers.

"I wear my shirt open, girl, so you see my chest. I work hard . . ."

"Is . . . that me!?" an incredulous Harden asks when he hears his own gnarly voice. The spot leaves Harden hanging as it cuts to a shot of Foot Locker products and the text, "Just go to Foot Locker." (See the full spot here.)

Fortunately, Harden doesn't have to give up his day job. He spent the first three years of his NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to the Houston Rockets prior to the 2012-13 season. With Houston, he had career highs in scoring average (25.9), points (2.023), assists (455), steals (142) and three-pointers (179) and made his first All-Star team.

"The new spot really shows how these two players embody the sense of humor that underlies the Foot Locker brand marketing programs."

Harden has appeared in other commercials for the sports shoe and apparel company, most recently in a series of ads in which members of his crew who wear the same shoes two days in a row get traded to the not-so-cool crew fronted by Kris Humphries.

According to Harden, "I always have a great time when filming Foot Locker's commercials. The spot was really fun because I got to show my playful personality, while interacting and having some laughs with Steph off the court."

Foot Locker Unites Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Again For The First Time

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