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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.

POLL POSITION

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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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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Mar272014

Survey: Blue Devils Favorite College Hoops Team, Football Hottest College Sport

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2014: The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team may have been eliminated from the NCAA hoops tournament in their first game, losing to Mercer in the round of 32, 78-71, but they remain the favorite men's college basketball team in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive year.

In fact, Duke has been No. 1 in 11 of 17 polls conducted by The Harris Poll regarding the top college basketball programs in America, dating back to 1993.

However, despite the fact that The Harris Poll was conducted in the midst of college hoops March Madness, the sport came in second to college football as the favorite sport among those surveyed.

Football was named by 39% of those surveyed as being their favorite college sport versus 28% for men's college hoops. The two sports have held those respective positions in surveys conducted by The Harris Poll dating back to 2007, but football's 39% is a new high.

Except for 1995, Dunk made the NCAA tournament in each of those years, reached the Sweet Sixteen 14 times, the Final Four five times and won the national championship in 2001 and 2010.

Mike Krzyzewski has been head coach since 1980.

Rival North Carolina was voted the second favorite men's college basketball team in the U.S. for the second consecutive year and third time in the past four seasons, according to Harris. The Tar Heels placed third in 2012, but were tied with Duke for first in 2010 and held the top position as soloists in 2007 and 2009.

Connecticut was named as the favorite college women's basketball team for the sixth consecutive year, according to The Harris Poll.

Despite the fact that The Harris Poll was conducted in the midst of college hoops March Madness, the sport came in second to college football as the favorite sport among those surveyed.

Behind Duke and UNC, the Top Ten favorite men's college basketball teams this season are Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan, Syracuse, UCLA, Connecticut, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Wichita State (the latter three tied for the final spot).

Florida, ranked No. 1 overall in the tournament, is not in the Top Ten, and The Harris Poll did not indicate where the school's men's basketball team was ranked. However, the Gators were selected as the team most likely to win the 2014 National Championship (18%).

Still alive in the Sweet 16, to be played this week, are Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Wisconsin and UCLA.

Teams that were in the Top Ten in the 2013 Harris Poll but fell out this year are Gonzaga (No. 6 in 2013), Illinois (No. 7), Georgetown (No. 8) and Texas (No. 9).

Lagging behind college football and basketball as the favorites among those surveyed are college baseball (10%), women's college hoops (9%) and college hockey (4%). Some 8% of those surveyed said the favorites were other college sports.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ exclusive second-round coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship – across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV on Friday, March 21 – was the most-viewed first Friday of the NCAA Tournament in 23 years. The games on March 21 averaged 8.4 million total viewers, up 4% compared with 2013 (8.1 million total viewers).
 
Overall, through the first four days (excluding the First Four games), the tournament is averaging 8.2 million total viewers, up 6% over last year (7.7 million total viewers), and is the most-viewed start to the tournament since 1991 (when the tournament expanded to four telecast windows for the entire day).

Collectively, second-round coverage on Thursday and Friday, March 20-21, averaged 8.5 million total viewers, the most-viewed second round in 23 years and a 5% increase over 2013 (8.1 million total viewers), according to CBS Sports and Turner.

The Harris Poll was conducted among 2,234 adults, of whom 574 follow college basketball, surveyed online between March 12-17, 2014. See the full results here.

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