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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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Apr212017

Jersey Score: Chicago Cubs, Bryant Rule Again With Top-Selling MLB Jerseys

By Barry Janoff

April 21, 2017: According to the 25th annual Sports Fan Loyalty Index from research and consulting firm Brand Keys, NY, the Chicago Cubs have the most loyal fans in MLB.

Not only that, but Robert Passikoff, founder and president of Brand Keys, the Cubs win in the 2016 World Series was a key factor in MLB dethroning the NFL after a decade as No. 1 in fan loyalty.

"People like Cubs fans can now say, 'All that time I put into supporting my team, and they win the World Series, isn’t that the greatest thing ever!'" said Passikoff.

The excitement surrounding the Cubs is also being translated in merchandise and financial terms.

Four of the top five best-selling MLB jerseys between the World Series and MLB’s 2017 Opening Day belong to players on the Cubs, according to MLB and the MLB Players Assn., based on sales of Majestic jerseys at MLBShop.com.

The Cubs also have the best-selling cap and the most popular search on MLBShop.com: 2017 Gold Jerseys & Gear.

The jersey list is topped by Cubs third baseman and reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant, followed by Cubs 1st baseman Anthony Rizzo, with Cubs infielder Javier Báez at No. 4 and Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber at No. 5,

The one non-Cub: pitcher Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 3.
 
Not by coincidence, all four of the Cubs appear in a new MLB spot for the Bryzzo Souvenir Company, named for its "owners," Bryant and Rizzo.

Bryant has had the most popular MLB jersey since the start of the 2015 season, according to MLB.

The Top Ten also includes Noah Syndergaard (New York Mets), Corey Seager (Dodgers), Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees) and AL MVP Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels).

MLB said that Trout’s jersey has appeared on every top-selling list since his MLB debut in 2012.

There are several first-timers on the new list, including Báez, Schwarber, Seager, Sanchez, Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (No. 14) and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (No. 16).

In addition, the average age of players on this list is 26 1/2 — more than 1.5 years younger than any previous list’s mean age, per MLB.

MLB did not release specific sales figures.

Top-Selling MLB Jerseys

(November 2016-April 2017)
1. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
2. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
3. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Javier Báez Chicago Cubs
5. Kyle Schwarber Chicago Cubs
6. Noah Syndergaard New York Mets
7. Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
9. Gary Sanchez New York Yankees
10. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
11. Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
12. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
13. Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets
14. Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox
15. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
16. Francisco Lindor Cleveland Indians
17. Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
18. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
19. Jose Altuve Houston Astros
20. Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays
SOURCE: MLB

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