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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Mar062014

Tony Stewart Channels Burt Reynolds For Mobil 1 'Smokey And The Bandit' Parody

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2014: In 1977, Burt Reynolds hit the big screen as Bo "Bandit" Darville in Smokey and the Bandit.

The story follows the Georgia-based truck driver who, along with his friend Cledus Snow, is offered $80,000 by Big Enos Burdette and his son, Lil Enos, to drive from Georgia to Texas to pick up a truckload of what was then considered "bootleg" beer and return, with the stipulation that they must make the approximately 1,300 mile round trip within 28 hours.

That film was followed by Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Smokey and the Bandit III (1983).

Now, Mobil 1 and driver Tony Stewart have joined for a marketing effort that might be dubbed Smokey and the Bandit IV.

The activation is built around a five-episode series (plus an intro trailer), Smoke Is The Bandit, in which Stewart, as Smoke, is presented with a challenge that involves Mobil 1, the official motor oil of Nascar.

In the real world, Stewart drives the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing.

The series will air on Mobil 1's YouTube channel, with episodes breaking now through March 25.

Support includes Mobil 1's Facebook page, where visitors can get "behind-the-scenes access to photos from the Smoke is the Bandit with Mobil 1 set and exclusive information about the video shoot with many Nascar legends and personalities."

“As fans enjoy the return of the Nascar season, we thought it would be fitting to re-create one of the classic car chase movies in a fun way with our Nascar spin, all while putting Smoke behind the wheel of his favorite car,” Artis Brown, Mobil 1 Motorsports manager for ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, said in a statement.

Episode 1, "The Challenge," finds Smoke approached by Big Enos (played by former driver and current ESPN broadcaster Ricky Craven) and Lil Enos (driver and Fox Sports 1 race analyst Hermie Sadler) with the task of driving to Texarkana to pick up 400 bottles of Mobil 1.

"What do you want with all that oil?" asks Stewart as Smoke.

"My Daddy wants the No. 14 Chevy to benefit from Mobil 1's outstanding protection and performance throughout the Nascar season," replies Lil Enos.

"We're going to need a car . . . a fast one," says Smoke. Then, speaking to his friend The Snowman (Darrell Waltrip) on his CB radio, he exclaims, "We got us a new job. Let's go get some Mobil 1."

The upcoming schedule includes Episode 2, “The Pickup”  (March 11);  Episode 3, “The Interview” (March 13); Episode 4, “The Sheriff” (March 18); Episode 5, “The Big Finish” (March 20).

Mobil 1 said that on March 25 it would air the complete series as a single-play, long-form feature that includes all six videos in succession, with additional commentary from Stewart and the other series’ stars.

Other members of the cast include Jeff Hammond (Buford T. Justice) and Nicole Briscoe (Frog).

Smokey and the Bandit is still my all-time favorite movie,” said Stewart, whose on-screen appearances include Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) with Lindsay Lohan. “Bringing this legendary movie back to the screen – with the Bandit’s black Trans Am and all – has been an absolute blast and I hope the fans have just as much fun watching the videos.”

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