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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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Jan142013

Is Tiger Woods Ready To Hand Off Nike Golf's Marketing Crown To Rory McIlroy?

By Barry Janoff

January 14, 2013: Tiger Woods may have been the king of Nike Golf for the past 15 years but Rory McIlroy has stepped into the throne room to the chants of, "The King is Dead! Long life the King!"

Nike confirmed today that it has signed a long-term deal with McIlroy, ranked No. 1 in the world, to represent Nike Golf on the course and in marketing.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Industry analysts said the pact could be worth upward of $200 million over ten years.

The deal was unveiled during a press conference at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, being played Jan. 17-21.

McIlroy, who will sport Nike Golf clubs, balls, footwear, gloves, apparel, headwear and accessories, makes his marketing debut for the brand this week in a TV spot alongside Woods.

“I chose Nike for a number of reasons,” McIlroy said during the press conference. “It’s a company and a brand that really resonates with me. It’s young. It’s athletic. It’s innovative. They are committed to being the best, as am I. Signing with Nike is another step towards living out my dream.”

Other Nike Golf endorsers include Kyle Stanley, Nick Watney, Thorbjorn Olesen and Seung Yul Noh.

Woods has been aligned with Nike Golf since 1996. The company remained with him after Woods' personal life of extra-marital affairs became public knowledge. That cost him more than $30 million in annual endorsements when his deals were terminated by such firms as PepsiCo's Gatorade, AT&T, Procter & Gamble's Gillette and Accenture.

Foreshadowing the Nike Golf union, Woods and McIlroy shared the cover of the European version of EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour videogame the hit in 2012.

Wood's has won 14 Major championships during his career, but none since the U.S. Open in 2008. Last year, McIlroy became the youngest player in PGA history to hit $10 million in career earnings.

The initial spot, "No Cup is Safe," shows the rivalry and mutual admiration that exists between the 23-year-old McIlroy and the 37-year-old Woods. It will air nationally during golf programming and then go into regular rotation. Support includes print, Internet and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Lead agency is Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, Ore.

"No Cup is Safe" opens with both men practicing drives on a range. McIlroy soars a shot that lands inches from a hole. Tiger's shot hits Rory's ball and is even closer to the hole.

"Any questions?" Tiger says to McIlroy. "So, it's going to be like that!" Rory replies, whose next shot is a hole-in-one. "Oh, someone wants to play," Woods says. "Just trying to keep up with the old guy," McIlroy replies. "Hey," Woods says looking at McIlroy's iconic mop atop his head, "is that your real hair?!!"

They then both drives shots to farther and farther, one landing in the soda cup on the side of a golf cart, another in a beverage cup on a man's kitchen table.

"I just can't miss today," McIlroy says. "Ever get days like that?"

Tiger responds by hitting a golf ball on the fly into a restaurant, off the wall and into a bowl of soup. Rory winds up and without looking hits a ball through a distant office window and into the hole on a guy's putting green.

They then both take a succession of swings that end up in a row of champagne glasses at a wedding reception.

Ultimately, McIlroy picks up a glass to take a drink of water and finds one of Tiger's golf balls inside. "How'd you do that?" McIlroy inquires. Tiger smiles and replies, "You'll learn." (See the full spot here.)

“Rory is an extraordinary athlete who creates enormous excitement with his on-course performance while, at the same time, connecting with fans everywhere,” Cindy Davis, president of Nike Golf, said in a statement. “He is the epitome of a Nike Athlete, and he is joining our team during the most exciting time in Nike Golf’s history. We are looking forward to partnering with him to take his remarkable career to the next level.”

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