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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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Jul262018

Ronda Rousey Impact, Media Deals Help WWE To Record Viewership, Revenue

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2018: Call it the Ronda Rousey Impact.

WWE has released its Q2 2018 finances (ended June 30, 2018) and the numbers are strong.

And we’re putting the “blame” on Ronda.

In January, UFC star and actress Ronda Rousey revealed that she would be signing a multi-year deal to appear in WWE events and marketing.

She followed that up with appearances at WWE live events, highlighted by WrestleMania 34 on April 8 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

WWE later reported that WrestleMania 34, “broke the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s highest grossing entertainment event, grossing $14.1 million,” with attendance a sold-out crowd of 78,133, including people from all 50 states as well as 67 countries.

Upcoming, Rousey will appear as in the WWE 2K19 viedogame and be part of WWE Evolution, WWE's first all-women’s pay-per-view event.

In April, the first 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble played before a sold-out crown of 62,000-plus as the first event in a long-term partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Last month, WWE signed new media deals with Fox (SmackDown Live) and USA Network (Monday Night Raw) that topped $3 billion.

“We’re pleased with our continued success in increasing the monetization of WWE content globally,” Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

“This success is evidenced by the completion of our new U.S. distribution agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, the staging of another record-breaking WrestleMania."

Among the Q2 highlights:

• Revenues increased 31% to $281.6 million, which WWE said was the highest quarterly revenue in its history.

• Operating income nearly doubled to $21.2 million from $10.7 million in the prior year quarter.

• Digital engagement continued to grow through the first six months of 2018 with video views up 58% to 14.4 billion and hours consumed up 71% to 509 million across digital and social media platforms.

WWE Network average paid subscribers increased 10% to 1.80 million.
 
• WWE completed agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, effective Oct. 1, 2019, which increase the average annual value of WWE’s U.S. distribution to 3.6 times that of the prior deal with NBCU.

For its social and digital platforms, the WWE said it produced more than 165 hours of content, including versions of its "Best of WWE" series in Spanish, Portuguese, and German; and plans to launch a series, WWE Now in Arabic.

Regarding live events, WWE said revenues of $52.3 million were “essentially unchanged from the prior year quarter as increases in the average ticket price at events in both North America and international markets was offset by a reduction in average attendance for the company’s events worldwide.”

WWE said it hosted 90 total events (excluding NXT) in the current quarter, consisting of 61 events in North America and 29 events in international markets, versus to 92 events in the prior year quarter (66 events in North America, 26 in international markets).

“North American ticket sales declined $2.4 million primarily due to the staging of five fewer events and an 8% decline in average attendance to 5,900,” said WWE. “Partially offsetting these factors, the average ticket price increased 5% to $81.71.”

International live-event revenue increased 9% to $13.5 million from $12.4 million in the prior year quarter.

“The staging of three additional events during the quarter and an 8% increase in average ticket price to $78.31 was partially offset by a 10% reduction in average attendance to approximately 5,700 fans,” per WWE.

Looking ahead: the WWE has the Mae Young Classic 2018 (Aug. 8-9, Full Sail University, Winter Park,FL); and the first all-women’s pay-per-view event, WWE Evolution, scheduled for Oct. 28 in NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New York.

WWE Evolution, will stream live on WWE Network and be available on PPV worldwide, featuring women’s championship matches from Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT and NXT UK, as well as the finals of the all-women’s tournament, Mae Young Classic 2018.

The entire women’s roster is scheduled to participate, including Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Carmella, Nia Jax and Asuka; as well as Hall of Famers and Legends Trish Stratus,and Lita.

According to George Barrios, WWE co-president, “By executing our strategy and engaging our passionate global fan base, we can continue to deepen the moat around our business. We believe this will enable us to drive long-term growth and shareholder value.”

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