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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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Mar192016

Scotts Grows March Madness Campaign With Lowe's, Georgetown Hoops' JT3

By Barry Janoff

March 19, 2016: John Thompson III, the head basketball coach for the University of Georgetown Hoyas, knows a lot about hoops but apparently not much about lawn care.

Despite that, he has become a gardening guru in a series of NCAA March Madness spots for Lowe's and Scotts Miracle-Gro.

For the third year, Scotts, an official partner with MLB, is using a a buy-through via its association with Lowe's, an official NCAA partner, to share its message during March Madness.

The three-week long basketball tournament coincides with something known as the first day of spring (March 20), about which Scotts knows a great deal but, again, JT3 not so much.

The humorous multimedia campaign, anchored by a series of spots, "Ask JT3," airing across NCAA March Madness media partners CBS and Turner Sports' TBS, TNT and truTV, establishes "JT3" as the go-to guy for all things green and growing.

The campaign is under the auspices of Lowe's Lead agency, BBDO.

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts does have a lengthy list of products and tips intended to help people transition from winter to spring — look out for snow mold when the snow melts, prepare your lawn mower before using it, feed your lawn while controlling weeds — but Thompson has yet to discover them.

In one spot, "Bulldogs," a guy sitting at home says, "Hi coach, my dog is always running round on my lawn. Is there a particular seed that stands up to traffic?"

Thompson, standing in a basketball gym in front of an NCAA banner, asks, "What kind of dog is it? A bulldog?" referencing the Hoyas' mascot.

The guy is legitimately puzzled. "Uh, no."

"You sure," says Thompson. "Because there are all kinds of bulldogs. English Bulldogs. French Bulldogs. Victorian Bulldogs. Red-Tiger Bulldogs . . ."

A voiceover offers, "Scotts Lawn Care products at Loew's," and the spot directs people to get real information at Lowes.com/lawncare, which offers a "personalized lawn care plan."

In another spot, "Stretch," a woman standing in front of her shed asks, "Hey, coach. I'm about to mow the lawn. Anything I should do before I start?"

JT3 replies, "You should stretch for 30 minutes. You don't want to pull a hammy (hamstring)."

In "Blue Grass," a guy in his yard says, "Hey, coach. I'm wondering what type of grass I should plant. Do you know anything about Kentucky bluegrass?"

An irate JT3 then says to someone off-screen, "I was under the impression there would be no questions about Kentucky."

A Twitter component, #AskJT3, has, unfortunately for the campaign, opened the door for people to ask Thompson, who has been Georgetown's head coach since 2004, all sorts of things, including, "Hey, Coach, remember that time you lost to Florida Gulf Coast (in the 2013 NCAA tournament)?" and "Should my lawn have a point guard? Should my lawn commit fewer fouls? Should my lawn learn to run a pick-and-roll?"

Lowe's has its own campaign running during March Madness, including "Unicorn," which offers its own version of lawn care; and "Giraffe."

Scotts has been a partner with MLB since 2010.

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