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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

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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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Mar292018

Bun & Done: MLB (Hot) Dog Days Are Here, With 19M To Be Consumed This Season

By Barry Janoff

March 29, 2018: This season, MLB stadiums will be offering more enticing, tempting and exotic food selections than ever. Options inlcude the Cleveland Indians Flamethrower pulled pork sandwich, Detroit Tigers Chicken Shawarma Nachos, Oakland A’s Monte Khrush Davis Cristo sandwich, Tampa Bay Rays Reuben Cuban Sandwich and the Milwaukee Brewers Cheddar Beer Bratwurst.

In fact, MLB is hosting its first “Fan Food Fest,” scheduled for April 21-22 in New York, during which each team will serve a specialty item from their respective stadium menu.

However, one item on MLB menus remain as much a part of the game as hitting, catching and pitching: Hot dogs.

This season, people in MLB ball parks are predicted to consume more than 19 million hot dogs, plus another 4.6 million sausages, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Washington, DC.

“In a love affair that’s spanned decades, baseball and hot dogs remain inseparable,” Eric Mittenthal, president for the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, said in a statement.

“Year after year, hot dogs continue to hit it out of the park at the concession stand, even as teams innovate to offer more food choices and inventive creations. There’s simply no replacing the unshakable bond baseball and hot dogs share.”

The predicted 19 million is the same figure as in 2017 and down slightly from the 19.4 million in 2016, but up from 18.5 million in 2015.

In 2011, people ate 22.5 million hot dogs in MLB ball parks; in 2014, the number topped 21.3 million.  

The No. 1 stadium hot dog consumers? The people who watch the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium, where more than three million hot dogs (Dodgers Dogs pictured above) are expected to be sold this season, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Based on last year’s attendance, that means that nearly 80% of fans at Dodger home games will eat a hot dog, according to the Council.

Not far behind: Colorado Rockies fans and Texas Rangers fans are tied for No. 2, predicted to consume more than 1.2 million in Coors Field and Globe Life Park, respectively.

Top hot dog eaters also include Wrigley Field-Chicago Cubs (one million), Progressive Field-Cleveland Indians (one million) and Busch Stadium-St. Louis Cardinals (959,700).

The San Francisco Giants are expected to defend their title as MLB’s sausage sale champions, with 475,000 anticipated to be purchased in AT&T Park, according to National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

The Giants are followed by the St. Louis Cardinals (419,356 sausages) and Cubs (400,000).

The Milwaukee Brewers will maintain their position as the only team in MLB expected to sell more sausages than hot dogs, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

The Council also found what it called a “growing trend among teams to offer fans hot dog deals throughout the season.”

Among the promotions in 2018: Tampa Bay Rays fans can partake in $2 dog night during every Tuesday home game in Tropicana Field. “Dollar Dog Nights” are scheduled to be held by such teams as the White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians.
 
Of course, even a hot dog is no longer you dad’s hot dog.

Among the new offerings cited by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council:

Texas Rangers Dilly Dog: A dill pickle that is cored out and stuffed with an angus beef jumbo dog, then battered and fried to a golden brown (pictured).

Atlanta Braves Spec-Tater: A potato stuffed with a jalapeño-cheddar sausage and wrapped in bacon, then topped with cheese, cream, scallions and more jalapeno.

Detroit Tigers An Ode to Detroit Dog: Natural-casing hot dog smothered in brisket chili and drizzled with habanero queso sauce.

Arizona Diamondbacks Asada Dog: 18-inch Schreiner’s hot dog in a telera roll with fries, queso blanco, carne asada, pico de gallo and guacamole.

Colorado Rockies Triple Play Dog: Extreme dog topped with Carolina style pulled pork, crumbled bacon bits and purple slaw.

Pittsburgh Pirates Paella: Three-foot pan that features homemade kielbasa and traditional pierogis.

Kansas City Royals Teflon Don:  Hot dog topped with yellow mustard, Don Carlo’s slow roasted chili, jalapenos, chopped onion and parsley.

Tampa Bay Rays Bacon Fried Doggy: Deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with caramelized onions.

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