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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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May022017

Report Calls On NCAA To Increase Funds For Health, Diversity Of Head Coaches

By Barry Janoff

May 2, 2017: A major report has been released that is urging the NCAA and universities aligned with the College Football Playoff to increase the amount of revenue in "national initiatives supporting the health and safety of football players and in programs to increase diversity among football coaches."

According to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the CFP must "demonstrate national leadership on health and safety issues" and also "step up to address the shortage of diversity in coaching in Football Bowl Subdivision" as well as men’s and women’s DIv. I hoops.

The Knight Commission — formed in 1989 to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports— has released data that highlight the need for more financial health support as well as the continuing lack of diversity in Division I football as well as men's and women's basketball.

"It's time for the CFP to demonstrate national leadership on health and safety issues and to step up to address the shortage of diversity in coaching in FBS college football," Arne Duncan, Knight Commission co-chair and former U.S. Secretary of Education, said in a statement.

Also via the Knight Commission, "While there have been pockets of improvement, diversity among coaches hasn't increased much since 2007-08, the earliest year with comparable data."

"As a starter — and as a bare minimum that would grow over time — the Knight Commission would like to see at least one penny of every dollar in CFP revenue allocated for programs to develop a deeper and more diverse talent pool in college football coaching," said Duncan. "We would encourage presidents and athletics directors to seize the opportunity to boost diversity and make this a real priority."

The Commission said that if its recommendation had been in place last year, the CFP would have devoted $4.3 million to support diversity programs — the same amount that four schools alone paid in bonuses to their football coaches for their teams' participation in the 2016 CFP games.

Last year, the NCAA spent under $200,000 on professional development programs for minority football coaches using its March Madness basketball tournament revenues.

Regarding health issues, according to the Knight Commission, CFP revenues are currently distributed back to schools that compete in the FBS.

"While some of these funds are used to support athletes' education, including athletic scholarships and medical care and expenses at the campus level, the Commission believes a meaningful portion of CFP revenues should be used to bolster national initiatives critical to the future health of football," the Commission reported.

At its meeting last spring, the Commission called on the NCAA to increase the "restricted uses" of the funding it provides to schools so that such funding is used solely for athletes' education or their health and safety benefits and protections.

The Commission during its meeting late last week commended the NCAA's "one-time distribution of $200 million last month to college athletics departments, in amounts ranging from $165,000 to more than $1.3 million, with the proviso that the funds had to be used for 'the direct benefit' of college athletes."

The Knight Commission said that the NCAA does currently funds national health and safety initiatives, including those of special importance to football, such as national studies of concussions in college sports. A recent rule change, effective this fall, would eliminate the pre-season football tradition of two contact practices a day. Contact practices would be limited to one a day, with additional restrictions on other activities during the pre-season.

Also, under a proposed settlement of a class-action concussion lawsuit, the NCAA will spend $70 million to set up a medical monitoring program for current and former college athletes, and $5 million to research the prevention and treatment of concussions.

The Pac-12 Conference is the only FBS conference to set aside a portion of its CFP funds toward research that impacts athlete health and well-being, per the Knight Commission.

Regarding the issue of diversity in college football among FBS (formerly Div. I) programs, more than 83% of head coaches are white while 10% are black and under 7% are of other non-white designation, including Hispanic and Asian, according to data provided by the Knight Commission.

In 2007, more than 93% of head coaches were white, 5% were black, nearly 7% were Hispanic or Asian.

Concurrently, less than 38% of athletes in FBS programs are white while more than 48% are black and another 14% Hispanic, Asian or of other ethnic origin.

In Div. I men’s basketball, nearly 72% of head coaches are white and 26% black, while 25% of the athletes are white, more than 57% black and more than 17% Hispanic, Asian or of other ethic backgrounds.

In 2007, 70.5% of head coaches were white, 28.3% were black.

"We're heartened by the NCAA's action," said co-chair Carol Cartwright, "but we would like to see that practice become the norm."

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