The Dodgers are primarily focused on the patch sponsorship deal, a move that was approved as part of this year’s Basic Agreement negotiations, and would be willing to sell patch opportunities and naming rights to separate businesses.
“Given our reach, given our media market, given the frequency of games, given the history of this ballpark, given all the factors that go into this, we’re looking at a really significant partner,” said Corey Norkin, the Dodgers’ senior vice president of global partnerships.
As for the field naming rights, don’t panic just yet — the Dodger Stadium name will remain. The field sponsor’s name will appear alongside it in all references and signage related to the stadium rather than replace it entirely, so expect to hear something like “Company X Field at Dodger Stadium” a whole lot next year.
Mookie Betts wants a spot in the Hall of Fame, and he’s well on his way, writes Michael Shapiro at Sports Illustrated.
The minor league pitch clock is shortening games by 20 minutes, so expect to see it in the majors next season, writes ESPN’s Jeff Passan.