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Now thru Jan. 31 (3 PM ET). People can vote for each category here on via Twitter @NFL

2018 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year

• Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
• Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
• Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers

2018 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year

• Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams
• Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
• Saquon Barkley New York Giants

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NFL Head Coach Signings For 2019 (To Date)
• Arizona Cardinals Kliff Kingsbury
• Cincinnati Bengals TBD (former coach Marvin Lewis)
• Cleveland Browns Freddie Kitchens
• Denver Broncos Vic Fangio
• Green Bay Packers Matt LeFleur
• Miami Dolphins TBD (former coach Adam Gase)
• New York Jets Adam Gase
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians

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Weekend Box Office Jan. 18-20
• Box Office Jan. 18-20
1. Glass $40.6M
2. The Upside $15.7M
3. Dragon Ball Super: Broly $10.7M
4. Aquaman $10.3M
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $7.3M
6. A Dog’s Way Home $7.1M
7. Escape Room $5.3M
8. Mary Poppins Returns $5.2M
9. Bumblebee $4.7M
10. On the Basis of Sex $4M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Feb162018

Kevin Hart Kickstarts Mountain Dew With 360-Degree NBA ‘Courtside’ Campaign

By Barry Janoff

February 16, 2018: Mountain Dew is using the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles to jumpstart a marketing effort for its Mountain Dew Kickstart, signing actor/comedian and NBA uber-fan Kevin Hart as brand ambassador.

Hart will take the lead in humorous “360-degree marketing campaign” throughout 2018 to include TV, digital, social media and experiential, as well as “integration with Kevin's latest comedy tour,” titled ‘Irresponsible.”

Mountain Dew unveiled the first spot in its Kickstart-Kevin Hart effort under the umbrella theme, ”Courtside Do's and Don'ts with Kevin Hart," with Hart proclaiming, “Don’t Bring Signs Courtside.”

This leg of the campaign ties in with a Mountain Dew activation starting at NBA All-Star 2018 with Hart undertaking a “nationwide search for a new CourtSidekick, giving fans the chance to score ultimate access to the most coveted seats in sports: Courtside at the NBA Playoffs.”

"I'm literally the biggest NBA fan you will ever meet,” Hart said in a statement.

“In fact, you could say I'm the king of watching basketball – but I'm still looking for my CourtSidekick.”

According to Chauncey Hamlett, senior director-marketing for Mountain Dew, “Kevin embodies the bold attitude, energy and spirit of Mountain Dew Kickstart, so he was a natural choice to be the face of the brand.

“We're excited to be partnering with him, and can't wait to give a lucky Dew fan the chance to be his CourtSidekick during the NBA Playoffs this year."

During NBA All-Star Weekend, Mountain Dew, an official league partner, will be title sponsor for the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, which sees young players from the U.S. who entered the league during 2016-17 or 2017-18 versus a team of young international players who entered the NBA during the past two seasons (TNT 9 PM ET).

Mountain Dew will also have a Kickstart  “Closer Than Courtside” Courtside Studios pop-up experience (Pico & Figueroa) featuring Hart as well as music, interactive events and visits from current and legendary NBA players.

For the CourtSidekick activation, Mountain Dew said that now through March 19, people “can enter the #CourtSidekickContest by creating a social post showing Kevin and Mountain Dew Kickstart why they're the perfect CourtSidekick and tagging #CourtSidekickContest on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.” (Details here.)

According to the PepsiCo brand, Hart and Dew judges will review all entries and narrow the field to the top five finalists. People will then have a chance to vote to select the winner, scheduled to be unveiled April 5.

As for Hart, he is all in. ”I’m happy to be partnering with Mountain Dew Kickstart to kick off the CourtSidekick Contest and find the right person to help me take my NBA game-watching to the next level."

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