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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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Nov062015

Nissan Unveils 'Wide-Reaching' NCAA Pact With 100 Schools, Men's-Women's Sports

By Barry Janoff

November 6, 2015: Calling it the "widest-reaching sponsorship in the history of collegiate sports," Nissan today unveiled a four-year deal to become an official sponsor of 100 colleges and universities and a "proud supporter" of select NCAA championships.

According to Nissan, the new series of sponsorships will cover "22 men’s and women’s sports, 100 schools, thousands of student-athletes, 22 million alumni and 188 million fans" nationwide.

The deal builds on Nissan's presence as an official partner for the Heisman Trophy Trust and Infiniti’s status as an official corporate partner for NCAA Men’s Basketball.

“This is big news for Nissan, and it is great news for these amazing student-athletes in every sport who deserve recognition and support,” Jeremy Tucker, vp-marketing communications and media for Nissan North America, said in a statement. “We are celebrating the excitement of all aspects of college sports, and are delighted to honor the drive, dedication, and teamwork of student-athletes, and their fans, throughout the country.”

Nissan said it would support the alliance with marketing under its multi-platform “Go Big” strategy, which the automaker said was launched to "create significant, unforgettable marketing moments such as Nissan’s return to the Super Bowl last season and its partnership with the Heisman Trophy Trust."

Support also will include permanent Nissan signage in hundreds of stadiums and arenas for multiple sports, as well as countless media opportunities and tickets for consumer incentives, according to Nissan.

The company also said that student-athletes and fans at each university would benefit from the sponsorship, with support to include "scholarship funds, facilities upgrades (weight rooms, equipment, video boards, Wi-Fi) and tutoring programs."

Nissan is using its college alliances to tout such 2016 vehicles as the Maxima, Sentra, Altima, Rogue and Titan XD.

The Heisman House campaign, which began in 2011 in alliance with ESPN, this year includes more than a dozen former Heisman Trophy winners including Herschel Walker, Jim Plunkett, Eddie George, Charles Woodson, Marsuc Mariota, Sam Bradford, Vinny Testaverde and Robert Griffin III.

The national alliance was "negotiated throughout the summer" in conjunction with the media rights holders for each respective school, including IMG College, Learfield Sports, Outfront Media Sports, Fox Collegiate Sports Properties, JMI Sports and Sun Devil Athletics.

According to Tucker, “This program gives Nissan an unmatched and unprecedented connection to college-sports fans. It allows Nissan to share amazing moments with students, alumni and fans — at every men’s and every women’s sport. Wherever fans go to follow these student-athletes, we’ll be there.”

Nissan said the new pact would kick in this weekend during football games at Ohio State, Alabama, Texas A&M, Oregon and the University of Southern California.

On Nov. 14, activation will extend to Utah State (basketball), Syracuse (football) and Duke University (football), in addition to other sports and locations throughout the campuses.

“This is big news for Nissan, and it is great news for these amazing student-athletes in every sport who deserve recognition and support."

By the end of 2015, Nissan said its on-campus activation would encompass 27 colleges and universities, then reach all 100 schools in 2016. 

Also included is a sponsorship with the Red River Showdown between the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma.

Nissan USA's lead agency is TBWA/Chiat/Day Los Angeles.

Nissan's Infiniti is an official corporate partner with the NCAA.

NCAA corporate champions AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola are involved with sports and universities nationwide, including all 89 NCAA sports championships.

Nissan has also unveiled a "Diehard Fan" app, calling it the first technology that enables people to virtually paint their faces in team colors using a smartphone or tablet (iOS and select Android devices). According to the company, DieHard Fan App users "can select from thousands of game faces, representing nearly all 100 collegiate teams in Nissan’s sponsorship, to instantly 'paint' on their game face over a favorite picture or video.

“The DieHard Fan mobile app delivers on Nissan’s brand promise of innovation and excitement for everyone,” said Tucker. “This is just one way for sports fans to unleash their colors anywhere, anytime, and engage with Nissan and our college 100 sponsorship of men’s and women’s college sports programs throughout the U.S.”

Nissan Back On Heisman Trophy Road

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