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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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Nov162013

NBA, Sprint, Partners Hit The Net, Social Media With 2014 All-Star Game Balloting

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2013: If it's November and the leaves are falling and the days are shortening, it must be time for the annual event that people around the country anxiously anticipate: Voting for the NBA All-Star Team.

The NBA and Sprint officially unveiled NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 on Friday (Nov. 15)  during a special event in New Orleans, where the game and surrounding events will be hosted in February.

The NBA All-Star ballot features 120 players — 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences — with 36 front court players and 24 back court players from each conference comprising the list. (The center position has been eliminated.)

Voters are directed to select three front court players and two back court players from each conference. People can vote for up to ten different players per day. See the full list here.

Voting is being tied into an NBA All-Star Sweepstakes, offering a trip to the game and events in New Orleans. (Details here.)

The balloting launch was hosted by the New Orleans Pelicans and overseen by All-Star Game co-chairs Avery Johnson (former NBA player and head coach, now an analyst on ESPN) and Rita Benson LeBlanc, vice-chairman for the Pelicans and the NFL's New Orleans Saints.

According to LeBlanc, “In addition to the events of the weekend, the economic impact and international spotlight on New Orleans are incredible opportunities for the city and region. We look forward to having basketball fans locally and from around the world visit New Orleans for All-Star Weekend and enjoy everything that the City and newly-renovated New Orleans Arena have to offer.”

The league said that the 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: Greg Anthony (NBA Digital), Mary Schmitt Boyer (Cleveland Plain Dealer/PBWA), Zach Lowe (Grantland), and John Reid (New Orleans Times Picayune).

The NBA has established a ballot site on its home Web page. Also, for the second year, people can vote via social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter and, for the first time, Instagram.

NBA fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS.

Balloting is being conducted in 11 languages through SMS voting by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting NBA.com/asb on any wireless device.  (Message and data rates may apply.) The international voting also includes Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog in China.

In addition, NBA teams have established mini-sites on their respective home Web pages to feature their own players. The Golden State Warriors, for example, are touting their league-high six players on the ballot, including Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut and David Lee.

Balloting concludes on Jan. 20, 2014. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan. 23, during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.com, with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be telecast on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Add in game coverage on ESPN Radio and the event will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

"In addition to the events of the weekend, the economic impact and international spotlight on New Orleans are incredible opportunities for the city and region."

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk.

Other events at NBA All-Star 2014 will include the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and NBA All-Star Jam Session.

The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for New York, with the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden hosting the game and the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center designated as site for All-Star Saturday Night and other events.

The 2016 All-Star Game will be held in Toronto and hosted by the Raptors.

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