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The Rangers new ballpark will be named . . . Globe Life Park

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The Texas Rangers and Globe Life announced that the Rangers new ballpark, which will open in 2020, will carry the same name as their current ballpark: Globe Life Field.

The naming rights deal has been extended through 2048 and will bring the Rangers $11 million a year. I’m sure there are people way smarter than me who can justify that kind of outlay for slapping your name on a stadium, but I know that I have never bought a product because it was the name of a stadium. It seems more likely that naming rights deals render corporate names somewhat generic, diluting it in the public’s mind as it becomes the name of a building and not a company that sells stuff. But again: people smarter than me seem to think it makes sense, so bless them all.

I’d write more about this but I have to run down to the store to buy a box of Ameriquests and check to see if they’ve restocked some fresh PSINets.

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.