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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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May092018

Shaq Stands Big & Tall, Front & Center In JCPenny ‘Penney Parade’ Campaign

By Barry Janoff

May 8, 2018: No one has ever accused Shaquille O’Neal of being shy, and his role in a new campaign from JCPenney will not change that image.

Inn March, O’Neal signed as exclusive style ambassador for the men’s big and tall departments for the national retailer.

He will also create a big and tall menswear line and furnishings under the Shaquille O’Neal XLG brand, in association with Authentic Brands Group, a brand development, marketing, and entertainment firm that represents O'Neal. 

In his first effort under the deal, Shaq literally leads a parade to support JCPenney’s offerings for big and tall men — of which Shaq is front-and-center at 7’1”, 320-plus lbs.

“Big and tall and better than ever,” he shouts in the lead spot, “Penney Parade,” with musical accompaniment from the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers (Montgomery, Al.).

“Finally a shirt I can flex in,” Shaq says, jumping among floats filled with other big and tall men wearing such brands as Stafford and The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. “Go big or go home.”

Shaq then becomes a DJ for a post-parade parting, encouraging people to "Go big at JCPenney,” with sizes up to 6XL and 5XLT.

The spot breaks this week during NBA playoff programming on ESPN and the NBA on TNT, the latter of which is home to Inside the NBA, where O’Neal is a commentator alongside Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

Support includes Internet, social media and POP.

Lead agency for Plano, Texas-based JCPenney is Badger & Winters, NY, which won the account in January (taking over from McGarryBowen).

Shaq’s line of clothing and furnishings will launch in select JCPenney stores and online on JCPenney.com.

Like the rest of the retail, category, JCPenney has dealing with down-sizing to re-imagine a stronger brand. The company operates about 875 department stores after closing some 140 locations in 2017.

JCPenney posted a stronger outlook for 2018 based on Q1 and Fiscal Year 2017 financials released in February.

"In 2018, we will intensify our market share efforts in appliances, mattresses and furniture, while continuing to take steps to modernize our apparel assortment and omni-channel,” Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and CEO, said in a statement when the financial report was released.

“Our strategy and plan is clear and consistent, and we remain focused on two critical factor: To operate the business for growth and deliver profitable earnings.”
 
O’Neal, who signed as Chief Fun Officer for Carnival Cruise Line earlier this year, will appear on-screen in the Kyrie Irving-fronted movie, Uncle Drew, due to hit theaters June 29.

The film also stars such current and former NBA nd WNBA players as Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Chris Webber and Lisa Leslie.

Shaq’s endorsements also  include Gold Bond, Icy Hot, Wix, Zales, Nabisco’s Oreos, Krispy Kreme (also an investor) and The General insuance (including a new campaign for Uncle Drew in which Shaq in is his "Big Fella" character).

He appears in marketing for Ring doorbell video security, in which he has an equity stake that earned him a solid payday when the company was acquired by Amazon for $1.1 billion in February.

Shaq Plans To Have Fun Cruisin' With Carnival

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