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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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Apr092018

With 2020 Vision On Summer Olympics, USA Basketball Unveils 35-Man Roster

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 8, 2018: With the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo just a little over two years off, USA Basketball has named 35 players to a roster from which will come the 12 members who will compete in the Olympics as well as members representing the U.S. in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The national team pool includes 11 gold medalists from the 2016 Rio Olympic team, seven 2012 London Olympics gold medalists, eight members of the gold medalist 2014 FIBA World Cup Team and five players who were members of the 2010 USA team that captured the FIBA World Cup title.

The 35-man pool is led by Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Chris Paul (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), John Wall (Washington Wizards) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

The 2017-20 USA Basketball National Team staff is headed by USA National Team and San Antonio Spurs head Gregg Popovich, who last year took over the National Team position from Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The 2018 USA National Team is scheduled to hold a minicamp with daily practices (July 25-27) in Las Vegas in UNLV’s Mendenhall Center.

Players such as Irving and Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers) may not participate due to post-surgery rehabilitation.

FIBA World Cup qualifying games are being used to name 31 of the 32 nations that will compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup (Aug. 31-Sept. 15). China has automatically qualified as host nation for the World Cup.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (July 24-Aug. 9) will feature 12 nations in the Olympic men’s basketball competition.

Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven teams for Tokyo 2020: The top two finishing teams in the World Cup from the Americas and Europe, as well as the top finisher from Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.

Olympic host Japan has automatically qualified.

“While we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for in 2018, the selection and announcement of our new pool of national team members and this year’s July minicamp are important first steps in our preparations to defend the FIBA World Cup and Olympic titles we won during the last two quadrenniums,” Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA National Team, said in a statement.

“This year’s minicamp is an opportunity for us to continue and expand the culture, brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built.”

According to Colangelo. “As is shown by the return of 29 past national team players, our pipeline is well developed and it is a key factor in our success.

“We’re also excited about the new players who have been added to the program and the roster will remain fluid over the next three years as we continue to look for and consider players who can contribute to our program.”

The full 35-man pool and their current NBA team includes:

  • Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
  • Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
  • Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
  • Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
  • Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
  • Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
  • Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
  • Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
  • Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons)
  • James Harden (Houston Rockets)
  • Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics)
  • Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)
  • LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
  • CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers)
  • Chris Paul (Houston Rockets)
  • Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
  • Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
  • Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
  • John Wall (Washington Wizards)
  • Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)


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