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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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May162018

WNBA GMs Pick Sparks For Championship, Maya Moore MVP, A’ja Wilson Top Rookie

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 16, 2018:
The WNBA’s 22nd season is about to begin (May 18), which gives the league’s 12 GMs the opportunity to look ahead and make predictions about the best of the best for the coming campaign.

Among the standouts: The Los Angeles Sparks were picked to win their fourth WNBA championship, Maya Moore of the defending champion Minnesota Lynx was selected as the favorite for WNBA MVP, A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces was favored for Rookie of the Year honors and two-time WNBA Coach of the Year Cheryl Reeve of the Lynx was cited as the best coach, according to the 2018 WNBA.com GM Survey.

Among the GMs, 33% predicted a title for the Sparks, which won championships in 2001, 2002 and 2016.

Last year, Los Angeles lost a five-game Finals series to Minnesota, which has won four championships in the last seven seasons.

The Lynx were the second choice to win the 2018 title (28%), followed by the Phoenix Mercury (17%), Connecticut Sun (17%) and Dallas Wings (8%).
 
Moore, the 2014 WNBA MVP, was top pick for the 2018 MVP with 33% of the vote, one of eight players to receive consideration. 

The Mercury’s Brittney Griner (17%) was second.

Moore was also named as the player the GMs would most want taking a shot with the game on the line (58%).

The Atlanta Dream were recognized as the most improved team (50%) and the team that made the best off-season moves (50%).

That included signing veteran free agents Renee Montgomery and Jessica Breland and re-signing  Angel McCoughtry, the two-time WNBA scoring leader and four-time All-WNBA selection, who sat out the 2017 season for health reasons.

A’ja Wilson of the relocated Las Vegas Aces (from San Antonio), the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm, was the clear favorite to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors, receiving 83% of the vote.

Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever) was second (17%).

Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum tied with Atlanta’s Brittney Sykes (25% each) as the player most likely to have a breakout season.

Seattle’s Sue Bird, who last year tied Tamika Catchings for the most All-Star Game selections (10) in WNBA history, received the most votes as the best leader (75%), the player with the highest basketball IQ (67%) and the best at making her teammates better (58%.

She also tied with Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot as the league’s best passer (42% each).

Seattle’s Breanna Stewart. the 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 2017, was named as the player the GMs would start a franchise with if they could sign any player (42%).

The GMs voted the Lynx as the team with the best home-court advantage (92%) for the fourth year in a row.

The 2018 WNBA regular season runs through Aug. 19. 
 
Complete results of the survey are here.

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