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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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Jun022018

Lights Camera! Action! NBA Players Seek To Be The Next Denzel (Equalizer) Washington

By Barry Janoff

June 1, 2018: Forget being like Mike. NBA players want to be like Denzel, and we have the script.

Premise: The NBA and Sony have an alliance during the NBA Finals to promote The Equalizer 2, starring Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, the follow to The Equalizer (2014), due in theaters July. 15.

Director Antoine Fuqua, after a suggestion by Denzel, auditions NBA players for the role of McCall.

Scene 1

The Pitch”: Antoine Fuqua, who directed The Equalizer, and Washington are watching an NBA game on TV.

Fuqua: “The studio (Sony) just called. They want to do Equalizer 2. You in?”

Denzel: Excited. “EQ 2!” Less excited. “I don’t do sequels.”

Fuqua: Confused. “It’s not like movie stars fall out of the sky.”

Washington: Looking at the TV. "You should audition NBA stars to see if any of them could be the next Robert McCall." Smiles. " I like that.”

Scene 2

Player Showcase”: Fuqua is in a room auditioning NBA players for the role of McCall.

Fuqua: “Read this line: ‘I’m a high-level paid government assassin.’”

Manu Ganobili (San Antonio Spurs) One-shot, speaking in a thick Argentine accent. ‘I’m a high-level paid government assassin.’”

Cut to Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers): ‘I’m a high-level paid . . . assassin.’”

Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) Seated on a stool. “What was the line again?”

Cut to Fuqua: “Give me your best Denzel.”

Lonzo Ball (Los Angeles Lakers): Big smile, arms wide open. “My man!!!”

Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers): “King Kong ain’t got nothin’ on me!”

Fuqua: Look of bewilderment on his face. “Who was that?”

Thomas: “Denzel . . . “

Fuqua: Still bewildered. “Denzel . . .  Washington? Okay . . . “

Return to Ganobili, now wearing a cowboy outfit. Pretends to be shooting a gun. “Psshow!”

Fuqua: Still bewildered, looking at Ganobili’s boots. “Spurs!?”

Scene 3

In the audition room with Fuqua and Dwight Howard (Charlotte Hornets).

Fuqua: “Why are you always smiling?”

Howard: With a big, broad smile on his face. “I didn’t smile. There’s two types of pain. What do you see when you look at me?”

Fuqua: “You’re still smiling.”

Howard: “I should be The Equalizer. I have the poster to show you." Unrolls a poster that pictures Howard as Robert McCall. "This is the first 7-foot poster." Reads text on the poster. "He’s on the Dwight side of the law.”

Fuqua: “Let me see your most intense Robert McCall!”

Howard: Momentarily makes an intense face, then returns to a broad smile. “Was that intense?”

Scene 4

In the audition room, director Fuqua seeks a new "Catchphrase" for the movie.

Oladipo: “I just came up with my own catchphrases: You just got Ola-dequalized. When it comes to busting bad guys, I’m Victor-ious.”

Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder): “Better call Paul.”

Skylar Diggins-Smith (WNBA Dallas Wings): “Roberta McCall.”

Scene 5

"We Got The Merchandise"

Fuqua: “What’s all this?”

Ball: Surround by a bevy of goods marked with EQ2 logos. “You’re going to need some ‘merch’ and my family is king of the ‘merch’: T-shirts. Hats. Doozie. Kicks — they’re kinda hot!”

Fuqua: “No. Can you do some acting now?”

Ball: “This is a family movie, right?”

Fuqua: “No.”

Ball: “So my family can't be in it!?”

Fuqua: “No.”

Ball: “Not even my Pops!?”

Voiceover:The Equalizer d2. In theaters July 20. And watch the NBA Finals on ABC.”

Fuqua (who is bald): “I had hair when these auditions began!”

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