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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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Jul092018

MLB, Marketing Partners Unwrap Plans For All-Star Game FanFest Activation

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 9, 2018:
Now that the starting line-ups for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game are in, league marketing partners are ready to focus on one of All-Star Week’s biggest events in Washington DC: the Geico All-Star FanFest.

The Geico All-Star FanFest will be held in Walter E. Washington Convention Center, scheduled for July 13-17.

Among MLB partners that will have activation and a presence are 5-hour Energy, Arm & Hammer, Budweiser, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Doosan, Franklin (batting globes), MasterCard, Mitel, MLB Network, Nathan’s Famous, New Era, Old Dominion Freight, OxiClean, Papa John’s, Rawlings (baseballs), Scotts, Snapple, Sony,  SuperCuts, Tiffany and Topps.

There also will be a major showcase from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, auctions conducted by Hunt Auctions, a pin-trading center; and areas featuring, respectively, The Negro Leagues, World Baseball Classic and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Washington DC will also be well-presented, including a Hometown Heroes section (a collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the former Washington Senators and Nationals' histories) and by the local chapter of Kindervision (a non-profit community service organization aimed to teach children, teens and young adults' personal safety education).

Topps will have a roster of activation on-site, including exclusive wrapper redemption cards, the 2018 Topps All-Star Game Baseball Complete Sets, prizes such as Topps cards and hobby boxes, Make Your Own Card with the 2018 design, Pack Wars and Batter Up from Topps Bunt.

Available now online, are the 2018 Topps NOW National League and American League All Star Card Team Set, featuring eight starters from each league ($29.99 each), 2018 Tpoos NOW National League All Star Team Autograph Set ($119.99 ) and the 2018 Topps NOW American League All Star Team Autograph Set ($199.99).

Among the other events in the FanFest:

• All-Star Clubhouse presented by Majestic
• Sony PlayStation 4.All-Star Video Game Zone
• All-Star Playground presented by Chevrolet
• Budweiser Beer Garden Experience and the The Negro Leagues presented by Budweiser
• Coca-Cola All-Star Experience
• FanFest Batting Practice presented by SuperCuts
• FanFest Fielding Practice presented by Papa John’s
• Field of Dreams presented by Snapple
• Fields of Play presented by Scotts
• Virtual Home Run Derby presented by T-Mobile
• Autograph Stages presented by Mitel & Nathan's Famous
• All 160 Minor League Baseball clubs New Era caps on the Minor League Cap Wall
• Old Dominion Freight to the Plate Challenge
• Strike Out (batters and) Stains presented by Arm & Hammer and OxiClean
• MLBShop.com presented by MasterCard

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