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minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league

in Tomahawk 24.07.2019 03:17
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MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs have signed speedy utility man Emilio Bonifacio to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp Bonifacio is a switch-hitter who can play both all over the infield and outfield. He played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals last season and was released by the Royals earlier this week. Bonifacio is guaranteed $573,770 in termination pay from his deal with the Royals, who had agreed last month to a $3.5 million, one-year contract. Last season, Bonifacio hit .243 with three home runs and 31 RBIs, and stole 28 bases. He has a career .262 average over seven seasons. "Hes versatile; he gives us depth," manager Rick Renteria said. "His skill set is significant in that he can run and put the ball in play. His skill set lends itself to the National League." Clark Gillies Islanders Jersey . The 10-horse field of 3-year-old pacers will leave the starting gate at approximately 10:14pm et. 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The announcement was made at the world mens curling championship at Capital Indoor Stadium in China.TORONTO - The UFC has joined forces with Reebok on a six-year deal billed as the biggest non-broadcast partnership in the history of the mixed martial arts organization.UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta called the agreement a seminal moment for this company and for this sport, taking it to another level.The deal will change the way UFC fighters look.Instead of a mishmash of sponsors on shorts (or tops for women), they will wear gear with the Reebok logo with perhaps one title sponsor.Think more along the lines of European soccer, Fertitta said in a conference call prior to Tuesdays announcement in New York.Any title sponsor on the Reebok gear will be a major global brand, promised Fertitta.Just that alone is going to completely change the perception of the sport, the perception of the athletes, the level that where were at, he added. This is a true game-changer.The new athlete outfitting policy will start in July 2015.Fertitta declined to detail the value of the Reebok deal but said the vast majority if not all of the revenues will go to the fighters in the beginning. The UFC hopes to dip into the revenue itself down the line as it grows.For the UFC, a partnership with Reebok adds legitimacy to combat sports. Indeed, its a far cry from condom and gun shop ads that used to adorn fighter shorts.Fighters will be paid to wear the new gear on a per-fight basis. How much they get will be based on their ranking the day of the weigh-in. Champions will make the most, with subsequent tiers for fighters ranked No. 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 and those not ranked.The rankings are voted on by a media panel.Fighters will also get royalties on gear with their likeness.Previously fighters were essentially allowed to walk in wearing gear advertising their own sponsors. If their sponsor was not connected to the UFC and was of a certain size, it would have to pay the UFC an affiliation fee. Some elite fighters also shared in revenue from top UFC sponsors who elected to use them.Fighters alsso had their own deals.ddddddddddddLight-heavyweight champion Jon (Bones) Jones, for example, has a deal with Nike. Former welterweight title-holder Georges St-Pierre had his own line with Affliction.Fighters can keep those sponsors although they wont be able to wear them into the Octagon.So no different than any other professional sports league, said Fertitta. Obviously if you play in the NFL, Tom Brady wears a Nike uniform, DeMarco Murray wears a Nike uniform but Tom Brady is actually sponsored by Under Armour and DeMarco Murray is sponsored by Adidas.The UFC has some 500 male and female fighters under contract.Most of the people Ive talked to, they really get it. Theyre excited about it, said UFC president Dana White.Now they will have to wear Reebok into the cage and the sponsor banners that were displayed during pre-bout introductions will disappear. But Fertitta says fighters will still have their own look under the new deal. It will allow for each of the fighters individuality but also will provide a unique iconic and consistent look for all the athletes, Fertitta said.Fighters cornermen will also wear Reebok gear.Interested to see what girls will have for @Reebok apparel. Hoping we have an option to wear more than sports bra and short shorts #modesty, tweeted Victoria bantamweight Sarah Kaufman, ranked No. 5 among 135-pound contenders. The new partnership will see UFC-Reebok gear in 1,500 Reebok stores and other retail outlets worldwide.Ita a massive, massive move for the sport of MMA and the brand of UFC and the fighters brands, said Fertitta.Reebok will also invest in research and development to create and innovate new products for training in the sports of mixed martial arts. A percentage of revenue from the deal will go to Fight for Peace, a non-profit organization.The UFC had hoped to announce the Reebok partnership at a Las Vegas news conference last month but did not get it done it in time.———Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter. ' ' '

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