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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 Continues To Build Alliances In China With Warriors, T-Wolves, Global Games

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 20, 2017: The NBA is strengthening ties with China and continuing to make inroads with fans and consumers, the latest move being the unveiling of two games to be played there next preseason as part of the league’s overall Global Games platform.

NBA Global Games China 2017 presented by Master Kong will feature two preseason games  between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves: Oct. 5 in Shenzhen in the Shenzhen Universiade Center and Oct. 8 in Shanghai in the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The games will mark the Warriors' third trip to China following visits in 2008 and 2013; the Timberwolves will be playing in China for the first time.

The inclusion of the Timberwolves was inspired in part by Lizhang Jiang, a China businessman, who acquired a 5% ownership stake in the franchise this past July.

The NBA said that the two-game series would be supported by promoter iRENA Group and by a "robust roster of marketing and merchandising partners." The games will be available worldwide on TV, digital and social media.

"We are committed to bringing live NBA games to our passionate and growing fanbase in China," Adam Silver, NBA commissioner, said in a statement. "Beyond the action on the court, these visits allow our teams and players to experience a different culture and bond with one another through community service, fan events and involvement in the local community."

The two games are expected to include a plethora of NBA stars, including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green with the Warriors; and Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony towns, Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio with the Timberwolves.

Curry has made trips to China through his deal with Under Armour; Durant has been there via his deal with Nike.

Thompson has a shoe deal with Anta, based in China.

Among others who have toured China for their shoe brands include LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, and Kobe Bryant. Yao Ming, who was a star in China before playing with the NBA's Houston Rockets for nine seasons — and being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year — is one of the most popular athletes opf all-time in his native country.

Among its ties to China, the NBA has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei; works closely with the Chinese Basketball Assn., has a deal with Tencent to stream games via mobile, airs games via BesTV, has a dedicated Web site in Chinese, sells its products in upward of 50,000 locations and has a NBA Playzone family-themed destination in Shanghai.

The NBA also celebrates Chinese New Year in the U.S. with a multi-media campaign and products.

Following NBA Global Games China 2017, 14 NBA teams would have played 24 games in Greater China since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

According to NBA China CEO David Shoemaker, "The Warriors and Timberwolves will continue to showcase the authentic NBA experience in China this fall, and we are proud that following these games, nearly half of the league will have played in front of fans in China.

"The popularity of the NBA in China is at an all-time high, and the Warriors and Timberwolves will see that excitement firsthand in October."

NBA Global Games China 2017 will have numerous activations, including the sixth annual Fan Appreciation Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan (Oct. 7 in Shanghai). The league and its partners will conduct NBA Cares community events in both cities.

This past offseason, the Houston Rockets played the New Orleans Pelicans in Shanghai and then in Beijing.

NBA Global Games have also included London, Paris, Berlin and Mexico City among its destinations.

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