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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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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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May312018

State Farm, Sans CP3, James Harden, Puts Warriors Draymond Green, Swaggy P In Play

By Barry Janoff

May 30, 2018: With the Houston Rockets out of the playoffs, State Farm, which has been featuring Chris Paul, James Harden and other current and legendary Rockets (Clyde “The Glide” Drexler) in marketing, has switched gears, unveiling a spot that stars Draymond Green and Nick Young of the Golden State Warriors.

The Sixth Sense” continues a theme from recent State Farm ads, that when there is chemistry between two people they “get each other.”

That happened between Chris Paul and his State Farm agent Cole Perez (played by actor Oscar Nuñez), in spots this past season where they finish each other’s sentences, are unbeatable at Charades (“Game Night”) and share a love of bowling, chili fries and the Backstreet Boys.

Here. Green and Young — preparing to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals — get each other, and play a humorous quiz game (similar to the old The Newlywed Game) where they try to correctly answer questions about the other person.

Acting like a couple of newlyweds, they begin the Q&A game.

“How do I describe my style?” Young, whose nickname is “Swaggy P,” asks Green.

“Swag,” answers Green.

“Nope,” says Young. “Michael Jackson.”

“You realize Michael Jackson is a person,” says Green. “To you, not to me,” says Young. “He’s a spirit now.”

Then the questions get more difficult, relatively speaking.

“During the season, what is my favorite city to visit?” Young asks Green, who correctly answers, “New York, because they have great shopping.”

“What technical foul did I definitely not deserve this year?” Green, who had 15 technical fouls during the regular season (second to Dwight Howard’s 17), asks Young.

“The one where you got hit in your mouth and were bleeding and (was saying to the referee), ‘Look at my mouth. I’m bleeding. Ahhhhh. Ahhhhh.” To which Green laughs and agrees.

“Which player is my biggest nemesis?” asks Green. Young incorrectly says DeMarcus Cousins and LeBron James before correctly saying Taj Gibson.

Lots more is revealed in the extended five-minute spot: How Young got his nickname (“It came to me in a dream”), Young’s favorite restaurant in the Bay Area (Bob’s Donuts), Green’s mom’s Twitter handle (@BabersGreen),what more Green wants to accomplish as an athlete (“Be in the Hall of Fame”), who Young looked up to when he was a kid in Los Angeles (Kobe Bryant) and how Green is misunderstood (“People think you are angry all the time,” says Young. “But you’re like a gentle butterfly. Soft like a baby.”)

The full five-minute-plus spot is playing on Uninterrupted’s YouTube Channel.

State Farm did not indicate yet whether Chris Paul and James Harden would return in new creative or if the insurance firm would move ahead with other NBA athletes.

The NBA had a record $1.12 billion in sponsor spend in 2017-18, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago. State Farm is the NBA’s most active partner, with 68% of properties with a sponsor in the insurance category report a partnership with the insurance firm.

State Farm has also signed on to become an official partner for the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League.

The insurance firm joins brands already aligned with the NBA 2K League including Twitch, Intel, Dell (and its elite gaming brand, Alienware), Nike’s Jordan Brand, New Era, HyperX, and Scuf Gaming.  

The NBA 2K League launched in early May with teams representing 17 NBA clubs.

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