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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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NBA, Players, Partners Prepare For Final Stages Of Jr. NBA World Championship

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2018: Even as NBA players gather in Las Vegas for USA Basketball training camp, other NBA and WNBA players are taking a lead role in the finals phase of the inaugural  Jr. NBA World Championship.

The tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world, which began with regional competitions in May, is down to the final 32 squads that will compete Aug. 7-12 in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando.

Gatorade, which signed on as a primary partner in June, will be among a bevy of Jr. NBA partners activating during the event, including Kaiser Permanente and KaBOOM!

Fox Sports will air 16 games throughout the week, totaling 20 hours of programming on FS1 and Fox.

Dwyane Wade and Candace Parker have been serving as global ambassadors and appearing in multi-media marketing, including a new spot with D-Wade.

“We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the NBA on this unique event,”  Mark Silverman, President, National Networks at Fox Sports, said in a statement. “The NBA’s stars of tomorrow — the next Dwyane Wade or Candace Parker — might get their first big turns in the spotlight with us, right here at Fox Sports.”

Wade, Andre Drummond, Vince Carter, Brook Lopez, Grant Hill. Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash and Jennifer Azzi are among NBA and WNBA players and legends scheduled to participate in supporting events.

The Jr. NBA World Championship will feature 16  U.S. teams (eight boys, eight girls) that won  regional tournaments to advance to Orlando (see full list below).

Also participating are 16 international teams (eight boys and eight girls teams) representing Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico and South America.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said when the event was unveiled earlier this year.

During the week-long event, all 32 teams will participate in activities designed to reinforce the Jr. NBA’s core values and provide the players with development opportunities and memorable experiences off the court.

From Aug. 6-8, each player will participate in life skills sessions as part of the event’s Developing the Total Athlete Series supported by Kaiser Permanente and led by medical professionals and NBA and WNBA talent, covering the total health of mind, body and spirit in a culturally inclusive environment.

In partnership with KaBOOM!, the Jr. NBA World Championship Day of Service on Aug. 9 will feature all 32 teams giving back to the local community by collectively building a new playground for community youth at the nearby Oak Street Park.

Gatorade’s multi-media support, which has included digital and social media, will be featured courtside on rotational signage at the World Championship event.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally."

The Gatorade Sports Science Institute has overseen athlete testing and heat safety and hydration sessions.

According to Wade, “The Jr. NBA World Championship is more than a basketball competition; it’s a global stage for some of the top youth players from around the world to showcase their talent, have fun and learn from one another.

“I am excited to watch these young stars leave it all on the court and compete for the first Jr. NBA World Championship title.”

The Jr. NBA World Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-eliminations competition.

The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the World Championship games, scheduled for Aug. 12.

All games will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA or NBA G League.

U.S. Boys Division               
Central – Lenexa, Kan.
Mid-Atlantic – Upper Marlboro, Md.
Midwest – Detroit
Northeast – Westchester, N.Y.
Northwest – Seattle
South – Dallas
Southeast – Atlanta
West – Los Angeles

U.S. Girls Division
Central – Kansas City, Mo.
Mid-Atlantic – Germantown, Md.
Midwest – South Bend, Ind.
Northeast – Westchester, N.Y.
Northwest – New Castle, Wash.
South – Dallas
Southeast – Columbia, S.C.
West – Los Angeles

(Teams are based in the cities listed, but comprised of youth from throughout the respective regions .)

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