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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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• 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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Jan282018

NBA Says ’Xin Nian Kuai Le’ With Games, Marketing, Merchandise, Kyrie, AD, Kawhi

By Barry Janoff

January 27, 2018: As people say at this time of year, “Xin Nian Kuai Le” and “Gong Hey Fat Choy” (Cantonese).

Chinese New Year 2018 begins Feb. 16 and runs through March 2, and the NBA, in what has become an annual tradition now in its seventh season, has unveiled a multi-platform effort for the Year of the Dog festivities.

This year, however, the league is going bigger than ever for the NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2018 presented by Dongfeng Nissan, including a record 12 NBA teams hosting in-arena activities,  a record 93 games to be broadcast in Greater China and a trio of stars appearing in creative: Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics) and Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs).

NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2018 presented by Dongfeng Nissan is also supported by official partners Vivo and Mission Hills.

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets will wear Nike City Edition uniforms with Chinese characters and symbolism inspired by Chinese culture to pay tribute to Chinese fans for a total of 12 games.

In addition, among the dozen NBA teams hosting Chinese New Year-themed celebrations in their home arenas are the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.

Marketing is anchored by a TV spot under the league’s umbrella “This is Why We Play” theme, “Fireworks,” in which kids celebrating Chinese New Year in their neighborhood encounter, in separate versions, Davis, Irving and Leonard, who seem to magically appear from nowhere to join in on the festivities.

“Make this Chinese New Year more magical with the NBA,” offers a voiceover.

The three versions of the spot will air through March 3 across NBA’s media partners in the U.S.as well as NBA China’s television and digital partners’ platforms, including NBA.com/China, the NBA App and the league’s social media channels in China.

Nets guard Jeremy Lin will be featured in a ten-minute documentary, Jeremy Lin: Roots, following his recent journey to Pinghu, China, the home of his maternal grandmother.

The documentary will air across NBA China’s TV and digital partners. On Feb. 6, the NBA’s Weibo account is scheduled feature a live stream with Lin as he participates in a traditional Chinese New Year dinner and answers questions from fans, according to the league.

During the NBA Chinese New Year Celebration, people in Greater China will be able to watch 93 games with live broadcasts on CCTV, Tencent, BesTV, Guangdong TV, GreatSports, Videoland, ELTA, Eleven Sports and LeSports (HK).

As part of the NBA Cares initiative, NBA China — in partnership with the China Youth Development Foundation and Spalding — will donate sports and educational equipment to three legacy projects in Yunnan, Hunan and Beijing; and Spalding basketballs to elementary school students in each of China’s 34 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative zones.

Former NBA player Jason Williams is scheduled to begin the NBA Cares Season of Giving festivities presented by Dongfeng Nissan in China on Jan. 29 with a donation of sports equipment and a music room to underprivileged students in Lijiang, Yunnan.

Williams is then scheduled o host two Chinese New Year celebrations and basketball clinics for a group of Special Olympics athletes in Shanghai in the NBA Playzone (Jan. 31) and at Shanghai Yumiao migrant school (Feb. 1).

The NBA has created a  mini-site via NBA Qiu Mi Quan (NBA China’s fan loyalty program), where visitors can access content, play the “New Year Dunk” red envelope game and register for an NBA Qiu Mi Quan account for the chance to win such prize as NBA jerseys and tickets to The Finals and NBA China Games.

The NBA’s entity that conducts all of the league’s businesses in Greater China was formed in January 2008 after its first office opened in Hong Kong in 1992.

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