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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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Oct282016

Pick-Up (Game) In Aisle 6: Parker, Leonard, Duncan Star In New H-E-B Spurs Spots

By Barry Janoff

October 27, 2016: The San Antonio Spurs are one of the most successful teams in the NBA.

H-E-B is one of the most successful supermarket chains in the U.S.

Makes sense, then, that the Spurs and H-E-B have had a successful alliance, which is still on-going, that stretches back more than a decade.

For the 12th year, H‑E‑B and Spurs Sports & Entertainment have teamed to create a multi-platform marketing campaign anchored by six humorous TV spots, this year featuring such current Spurs stars as LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, Tony Parker, first-year Spur Pau Gasol and team mascot, The Coyote.

H-E-B has also brought in several Spurs stars from the past, including Tim Duncan, who may have retired from the NBA following the 2015-16 season but, apparently, not from H-E-B commercials, of which he is veteran of several years.

The group of Spurs legends also includes George “Ice Man” Gervin, Sean Elliott, Bruce Bowen and David Robinson, all in "Retirement Club."

H-E-B released the first three following the Spurs game against the Sacramento Kings Thursday night: “Farmer’s Market,” “Origami” and “Fluent.”

Three more, including the spot with Duncan and other Spurs legends, will be unveiled during the team’s season home opener on Oct. 29, against the New Orleans Pelicans. (Editor's Note: "Tony's Truck" and "Coyote's Birthday.")

The spots, as per the tradition of this campaign, are humorous in nature, with the players often having good-natured fun at the expense of their teammates.

In "Origami," for example, the guys are in a room making origami figures. Most of them turn out nice projects — Aldridge creates a frog "with serious hops," Mills an alligator — but Leonard proves to be less than skilled in the craft. When he holds up a big white lump, the others ask, "What is that?" "A snowball," Leonard says matter-of-factly.

The spots showcase such products as H-E-B Prime 1 Beef, fresh fruit and, in "Origami," H-E-B Asian Stir Fry Kits (which are so quick that you can "use the extra time to master the ancient art of origami," as Genobili expains).

Support for spots includes Internet, social media, POP and in-arena in AT&T Center, the Spurs home venue.

The alliance between H-E-B and Spurs Sports & Entertainment "has led to community investment projects and provided Spurs fans and H-E-B customers with player appearances and fan appreciation events throughout the year," according to H-E-B.

H-E-B has 360 stores in Texas and Mexico, but gets a national marketing spotlight, not just because of the star power of the players, but because fans and consumers tend to enjoy the low-key, if not homey, attitude of the effort.

The NBA said it uses the Spurs H-E-B campaigns as an example of how other teams can feature players to promote marketing partners.

"Farmer’s Market" shows the guys in a field, each positioned behind makeshift fruit stands displaying produce available at H-E-B, from their respective native countries. Gasol has Taylor Golden pears from Spain. Aldridge has  golden corn from Hondo, Texas. Leonard is displaying golden California plumcots. "They breed plums with apricots," he says when the others look at him.

Parker describes his item, but speaking in his native French. "Gateau Napoleon avec fraises de Poteet!" After drawing blank stares from his teammates, Leonard translates for Parker: "That’s Napoleon shortcake with Poteet strawberries."

"Fluent" finds Ginobili and Gasol standing at a huge grill, barbecuing an array of meat. They explain what they are grilling to Mills and Green, but, with Ginobili (from Argentina) and Gasol (from Spain), they speak in Spanish.

"You guys know we don’t speak Spanish," replies Mills, who is from Australia. But when they taste the meat, they suddenly speak the language.

Dios mio! Esta delicioso!” exclaims Green.

"Está riquisima!," says Mills.

"H-E-B vende más carne que cualquier otra tienda en Texas" (H-E-B sells more meat than any other store in Texas)," adds a voiceover.

Lead agency is Richards Group, Dallas.

H-E-B, a 111-year-old company with sales topping $22 billion, has a vested interest as a marketing partner with the team, including the 7,300 square foot H-E-B FanZone in AT&T Center that contains 56 LCD flat-screen TVs, pop-a-shot games, arena bowl view, a private bar and multiple catering stations.

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