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• Boston’s Public Improvement Commission has approved a request by the Red Sox to change the name of Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park, named after former owner Tom Yawkey (1933-1976), back to its original name, Jersey Street, following allegations about Yawkey (who died in 1976) being a racist. According to the Red Sox, “Today’s vote is an important step in our ongoing effort to make Fenway Park a place where everyone feels welcome.”

• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has written a book, Racing to the Finish: My Story, scheduled to be released Oct. 16. He calls it a “candid, first-person account of what seemed at first as a minor racing accident but ultimately forced life-changing decisions.”

• The NBA has signed a multi-year deal with Perform Media that will see the digital sports content-#media group manage the NBA’s official Web sites in 15+ international markets, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico and Spain. The NBA said it has 20 such localized sites

• The Drone Racing League has expended its presence in France with  a 2018 race in France at the Allianz Riviera stadium and a media partnership with Groupe AB. DRL has also signed an extension of the Allianz title partnership of the DRL Championship Race Series for an additional five years.

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2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley RB (Penn State)
3. New York Jets: San Darold QB (ISC)
4. Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward CB (Ohio State)
5. Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb DE (NC State)
6. Indianapolis Colts: Quentin Nelson G (Notre Dame)
7. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen QB (Wyoming)
8. Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith LB (Georgia)
9. San Francisco 49ers: Mike McGlinchey OT (Notre Dame)
10. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Rosen QB (UCLA)

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As NFL's Big Game Nears, Naming Rights Deal Turning Super For MetLife

By Barry Janoff

January 29, 2014: In 2011, when MetLife moved from cornerstone partner to naming rights holder for what was then Giants Stadium, the insurance company already knew that the alliance would yield dividends.

The 25-year deal, estimated to be between $17 million-$20 million per year, came about a year after the NFL had named the venue as the site of Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played Feb. 2, 2014.

Now, as the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks head to East Rutherford, NJ, for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII match-up, MetLife is in a position for its own big win.

MetLife is expected to receive $32.4 million in exposure from its sponsorship during Super Bowl XLVIII’s Sunday night broadcast on Fox, according to an ROI projection analysis conducted by Front Row Analytics, the sponsorship evaluation division of Front Row Marketing Services (a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment group Comcast-Spectacor.

Front Row said the figure is based on the $4 million cost of a 30-second commercial spot during Fox’s broadcast of the Super Bowl. It is projected that MetLife will receive over four minutes of in-broadcast exposure during the game.

The exposure for the brand is expected to come from in-stadium/exterior signage, on-screen graphics and verbal mentions.

This does not include the countless mentions, visual inclusions and other graphics showing MetLife Stadium in the weeks leading up to the Big Game.

“MetLife will reap many dividends from its $17 million- $20 million annual investment in the stadium during this year’s Super Bowl, the $32.4 million," said Eric Smallwood, svp-marketing and research for Front Row. "Exposure from the television broadcast is just one part of the overall value the game will deliver. The big game will provide big value to MetLife from various sources including social media, newsprint and magazines, international television coverage, and various media outlet news and highlights.”

Among the past five Super Bowls, Tampa's Raymond James Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, tops out in media exposure earned with $37.6 million, according to Front Row. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, site of Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, was second with $33.8 million.

MetLife currently ranks third, ahead of Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans, which earned $30 million in media value during Super Bowl XLVII last year; and Miami's Sun Life Stadium, which had $26 million in media value during Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.

Cowboys Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011, did not have a naming rights partner at the time of the game. In 2013, AT&T signed a 20-year naming rights deal valued at $17 million-$20 million per year.

Super Bowl XLIX will be played in Arizona's University of Phoenix Stadium, the historic Super Bowl L will be in the San Francisco 49ers new Levi's Stadium and Super Bowl LI will be played in Houston's Reliant Stadium.

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