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and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (have expanded their conference leads in the second returns of fan votes of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google. Full story here.

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Nominees For 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year

Winner to be selected by fan votes now thru Jan. 21 (3 PM ET).\

The 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award will be recognized in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII activities.

• Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants
• Nick Chubb RB Cleveland Browns
• Darius Leonard LB Indianapolis Colts
• Phillip Lindsay RB Denver Broncos
• Baker Mayfield QB Cleveland Browns

Finalists For 2018 NFL FedEx Air (QB) and Ground (RB) Players of the Year

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

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

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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. 11-13
1. The Upside $19.6M
2. Aquaman $17.3M
3. A Dog’s Way Home $11.3M
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $9M
5. Escape Room $8.9M
6. Mary Poppins Returns $7.2M
7. Bumblebee $6.8M
8. On the Basis of Sex $6.2M
9. The Mule $5.5M
10. Vice $3.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Nov132017

Michael Jordan’s Hornets Sign Marketing, Jersey-Patch Deal With LendingTree

By Barry Janoff

November 13, 2017: The Charlotte Hornets have become the 19th NBA team to get a jersey ad logo, aligning with online financial firm LendingTree for a multi-year, multi-platform pact.

The jersey patches coincide with the start of Nike's eight-year, $1 billion deal as the NBA's official on-court uniform provider.

However, the Hornets jerseys remain unique in that they are the only one with a Jordan Brand Jumpman logo rather than the Nike Swoosh, due to the presence of the team’s majority owner, Michael Jordan.

Under terms of the deal, Charlotte-based LendingTree also becomes a Founding Level Partner, the official loan shopping partner and  title partner for the Hornets Hoops youth basketball program.

Along with placement on all team uniforms, LendingTree will have fixed signage on the Spectrum Center concourse and on the venue’s mobile entry scanners, as well as digital signage on the scorer’s table, basket stanchion, center-hung scoreboard and 360 LED boards.

LendingTree also receives entitlement of the new Hornets app, the team roster page on hornets.com and score updates on the team’s social media outlets.

Additional advertising elements include banner ads and pre-roll video ads on hornets.com and spots on Hornets TV broadcasts on Fox Sports Southeast and radio broadcasts on WFNZ; and hospitality opportunities and appearances by Hornets players, executives, (dance team) Honey Bees and (mascot) Hugo.

Financial terms of the alliance were not released.

The average most NBA jersey-patch deals to date fall in the $3-$5 million range annually, according to industry analysts.

However, the Golden State Warriors jersey-logo pact with Rakuten was valued at $60 million over three years.

The Los Angeles Lakers signed with e-commerce firm Wish, a three-year deal that analysts put at $12-$14 million annually, similar to an alliance between the New York Knicks and SquareSpace..

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed with Goodyear for $30 million over three years. The Boston Celtics have a three-year deal with GE valued at $24 million.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with LendingTree and have its logo on our uniforms,” Fred Whitfield, president and COO for Hornets Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement. “LendingTree is a company that shares our hometown and many of our values. We both aim to provide the best possible product for our consumers and constantly seek opportunities for advancement as we strive to be among the elite in our respective industries.

“In addition, we both understand and accept the importance of giving back to our community in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.  We look forward to beginning our relationship with LendingTree,” said Whitfield.

“This partnership unites two iconic and innovative brands to drive further success for the team, expand LendingTree’s reach and serve the Carolina community."

Jersey sponsorships were approved  by the NBA Board of Governors in April 2016 under a three-year pilot program.

The Hornets said they would unveil the LendingTree logo on their jerseys on  Nov. 15 during a home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers that will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The company said it would launch the LendingTree Scholarship Program for youth to attend camps and the Lend-Some-Kicks Program, which donates shoes to youth. 

According to Doug Lebda, founder and CEO for LendingTree, “As a Charlotte-based company rooted in innovation and empowerment, LendingTree is incredibly honored and excited to partner with our hometown team whose values closely align with our own.

“This partnership unites two iconic and innovative brands to drive further success for the team, expand LendingTree’s reach and serve the Carolina community in a more powerful and impactful way.”

All patches will be 2.5 x 2.5 on the left side, with a Nike Swoosh logo on the right side.

Jerseys with sponsor patches will not appear on versions sold at retail outlets but teams have the option to sell the jerseys with sponsor patches in their own retail locations.

 

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

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