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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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Nov022015

Operation Hat Trick Fetes Vets With CFB Military Appreciation Day Campaign

By Barry Janoff

November 2, 2015: In a coordinated military-style maneuver worthy of Veteran's Day, Operation Hat Trick –  an organization that markets college-branded hats with a military theme — is launching a national campaign to include logoed hats from 33 universities created by the Lids division of '47, the exclusive headwear and apparel partner for OHT.

The effort also includes 200 Lids retail destinations and supporting multi-platform marketing.

Under the auspices of the Collegiate Licensing Company, the licensing affiliate of IMG College, the campaign coincides with each participating school’s Military Appreciation Day college football game throughout November.

CLC is developing and providing its partners with OHT social media tool kits, graphics and marketing activations. Lids will support with social media, Web banners, e-mail blasts, SMS messages, mobile app banners and an in-store audio and video spot.

The campaign comes with the tag line, "They promised to defend. We promise to support."

Among the university's involved in the OTH program are Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Boston College, Cal-Berkley, Clemson (pictured below), Colorado, FSU, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Loyola, LSU, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, San Diego State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, Washington State,  West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

According to Dot Sheehan, founder and president for Operation Hat Trick, OHT's "primary objective is to generate awareness and support for the recovery of wounded service members and veterans through the sale of OHT-branded merchandise," proceeds of which are donated to selected organizations.

“It’s humbling that OHT has been so greatly supported by more than 250 universities, major and minor leagues, high schools and companies," said Sheehan. "College is where OHT started and there is tremendous support and activation by all college fans.

"I’m especially grateful for CLC’s leadership from Day One and their vision in helping to bring OHT to the national stage, including working with ’47 and Lids on this Veteran’s Day/Salute to Service month," said Sheehan.

According to OHT, more than 250,000 of its hats have been sold over the past two and a half years, with proceeds being donated to those organizations that aid OHT's mission to "support the recovery of wounded service members and veterans."

“We are deeply moved and motivated by OHT’s devotion to American military veterans (and) the willingness of universities to leverage their powerful brands to support our veterans," said Cory Moss, svp and managing director for CLC.

Under a separate Military Appreciation Day college football initiative from adidas, schools nationwide plan to wear alternative uniforms that honor the military, including North Carolina State and Miami (Fla.).

Adidas this season also unveiled the Dark Ops Collection, inspired by footwear and accessories worn by the elite forces of the U.S. military. Arizona State University debuted the cleats in honor of Pat Tillman, an ASU alumni and safety for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, who lost his life n 2004 while a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment stationed in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the NBA will honor the nation’s military this Veterans Day with its annual Hoops for Troops Week (Nov. 3-11). NBA players and officials will wear special on-court apparel, including adidas shooting shirts and sweatshirts, as well as Stance socks honoring members of the military.

According to the league, through its Commitment to Service program, teams will work "side-by-side with the military to participate in various service projects across the U.S. to support local communities."

Hoops for Troops shooting shirts are available for purchase at NBAStore.com, with a portion of sales being donated to the USO.

OHT was founded in the fall of 2007 after Sheehan, who at the time was was senior associate athletics director for the University of New Hampshire, heard a radio broadcast explaining that hats were the item most requested by soldiers with head injuries returning to the U.S. in order to hide their scars, swelling and bandages.

The name Operation Hat Trick was inspired by UNH's nationally ranked men’s and women’s hockey teams.

“I was initially surprised that something so seemingly simple could have such a significant effect on those with head injuries,” Sheehan said. “On our first trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2009, a seriously burned soldier said as I handed him a hat, ‘Ma'am, you’ve almost made me feel normal again today.’”

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