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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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Apr162018

Pro Fight League Unveils $10M,126-Bout Schedule On NBCSN, Facebook Watch

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 16, 2018: The Professional Fighters League, calling itself MMA re-imagined, has unveiled its roster of 72 fighters from 13 countries and its official 11-event, 126 fight schedule, with the first PFL regular season event to be held on June 7 in New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater.

The league, co-founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey and Mark Leschly, will have its bouts aired on NBCSN and Facebook Watch.

The 2018 PFL season features the 126 fights in seven regular-season competitions, a bracket-style ”win or go home” playoff and a $10 million post-season prize pool.

“PFL is the new league for the new era of MMA, the fastest-growing sport in the world,” Peter Murray, CEO for the PFL, said in a statement.

“We are confident that our innovative win-and-advance format will excite MMA fans and draw new fans to the sport. We are honored to provide these incredibly skilled athletes the opportunity to compete on a major global stage..”

All of the PFL regular season bouts will air live on Thursday in primetime during MMA Night in America on NBC Sports Network.

According to Jon Miller, president for NBC Sports. “We are looking forward to the start of the first ever 2018 PFL season on NBCSN. MMA fans now have regularly scheduled exciting live fights on Thursday nights throughout the summer.

“The PFL win and advance true sport format will be game-changing for MMA.”

PFL recently unveiled a partnerships with Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Contender), president of MGM Television Group & Digital and MGM Television, to develop and produce new content and programming for PFL’s upcoming season.

MGM and Burnett will both join as PFL investors.

The deal will feature PFL’s “What Do you Fight For?” short-form digital and social content with behind-the-scenes videos, “Top 10 of The Week," "Path to the Finals," "24:7: Life of a Fighter," and “Inside the Gym” cam.

Events televised by NBCSN will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. All regular season events will have encore telecasts on NBCSN later the same night.

Facebook will also open each event with a live 30-minute pre-fight show and close with a live 30-minute post-fight show. In the U.S., fans can watch the first three hours of coverage of each event on Facebook prior to NBCSN’s presentation of the main bouts.

The season will begin with 12 athletes in each of six different weight-classes. Eight fighters from each class will earn their way into the playoff round, and one fighter in each division will earn the title of champion.

According to Carlos Silva, PFL president, “The most talented fighters from around the world will proudly fight under the PFL banner.

“In our format, every single punch and every single round matters, as fighters compete for a shot at the PFL championship. We can’t wait to see all the action in the regular season, which stars emerge post-season in October, and who will share in the biggest MMA prize pool ever on New Year’s Eve.”

The 2018 PFL season:

  • June 7: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York
  • June 21: Chicago Theater, Chicago
  • July 5: GWU Smith Center, Washington, D.C.
  • July 19: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 2: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 16: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • August 30: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • October 5: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 13: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 20: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • December 31: Championship Event (Venue and City TBA)

(Tickets for the June 7 PFL1 regular season event in Madison Square Garden Theater in New York go on sale April 18 at PFLMMA.com.

See the full current roster here.

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