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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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Dec192018

T-Mobile Builds MLB Presence With 25-Year Seattle Stadium Naming Rights Deal

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 19, 2018: The Seattle Mariners have officially signed a deal giving T-Mobile naming rights to the team home stadium, which since it opened in 1999 has been known as Safeco Field.

Beginning in January, the home field of the Mariners will be known as T-Mobile Park for the next 25 years.

Financial terms were not shared, but were put at $3-$4 million annually by industry analysts. The deal had been a topic of discussion since the end of the 2018 season.

This deal is subject to approval by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD), which leases the stadium to the team.

T-Mobile has been an official partner with MLB since 2013, and in 2016 became title sponsor for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby during All-Star Game week.

The telecom company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, Wash., is currently in the final stages of a multibillion-dollar merger with Sprint.

Naming rights to the ballpark were owned by Seattle-based Safeco Insurance from 1999-2018, for which Safeco paid $40 million, per the team. The company said in June 2017 that it would not renew the naming rights pact.

Signage began coming down last month.

Incorporating T-Mobile branding assets throughout the venue will take place over the coming months.

“Much of it is expected to be completed by Opening Day on March 28, 2019, when the Mariners meet the Boston Red Sox,” according to the Mariners.

According to the telecom company, the new deal enables T-Mobile, to “provide Seattle Mariners fans with unprecedented benefits, backed by all-new energy to pump up the hometown for seasons to come.”

“The Un-carrier is always shaking things up for the better, and this time we’re going big with the Seattle Mariners for all their fans,” John Legere, T-Mobile CEO, said via the brand.

“T-Mobile Park isn’t just some corporate-branded sponsorship to us . . . this is about supporting the community and our hometown Mariners in building a World Series-caliber team!”

Among other activation, the company will sponsor  T-Mobile ‘Pen, a gathering place on game days for fans that spans from the bullpens behind left to center field. It opens a half-hour before all other gates, offering people the opportunity to watch Mariners batting practice and pitcher warm-ups.

 

With this partnership, T-Mobile ‘Pen will "now feature a variety of new perks, including surprise giveaways and a live DJ on select game days, to go with the destination food and beverage offerings," according to the company.

“The Un-carrier is always shaking things up for the better, and this time we’re going big with the Seattle Mariners for all their fans."

In addition, T-Mobile will connect Mariners fans with “surprise seat upgrades, and free stuff at Tuesday games as it brings T-Mobile Tuesdays to the ballpark.”

T-Mobile customers will get “some extra perks including fast-track entry, discounted tickets and exclusive offers on merchandise.”

The Mariners recently finalized a new 25-year lease with PFD which “obligates the Mariners to pay a minimum of $600 million for ballpark maintenance, operations, capital upgrades and fan improvements over the next 25 years.”

According to Kevin Mather, Mariners president and CEO, “Fans have come to expect a great experience at this ballpark and we have made a commitment to invest substantial Club revenues over the next 25-years to make sure that continues.

“This partnership with T-Mobile will help us meet that obligation so that fans will have a first-class experience at T-Mobile Park for decades to come.”

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