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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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Dec092018

Can NFL Super Bowl LIII In Atlanta Outmuscle 2018 MLS Cup In Atlanta?

By Barry Janoff

December 9, 2018: The NFL Super Bowl is arguably regarded as the biggest event in sports and one of the biggest events in the history of each respective host stadium.

Super Bowl LIII, scheduled for Feb. 3, 2019 in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, looks to keep that momentum going.

Not so fast, says Major League Soccer.

The 2018 MLS Cup, played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday (Dec. 8), was such a huge event that the NFL has to raise it’s already high bar to top what happened.

The second-year and host Atlanta United defeated the Portland Timbers, 2-0, before a crowd of 73,019.

That not only set a MLS post-season and MLS Cup mark, but is now the league’s all-time top attendance figure.

In addition, the game “delivered the best metered-market rating (1.2) for a MLS Cup since 1998 and was up 77% vs. the 2017 MLS Cup Game,” according to Fox Sports, which aired the championship nationwide.

In his State of the League address Friday (Dec. 7), MLS commissioner Don Garber sang the praises of the club, majority owned by Arthur Blank, also majority owner of the NFL Atlanta Falcons.

“The club is one of great stories in history of our league," said Garber. "It is embraced by people from all walks of life. Games are the place to be.

“In my opinion, I think it's one of the great stories in professional sports. Their success shows that there really is no limit to what MLS can be.”

For the NFL, this is some wiggle room to top the 73,000-plus at the upcoming Super Bowl.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in 2017 and is also home to the Falcons, hosted a record 77,430 for the College Football National Championship this past January.

The all-time attendance record for a soccer game in the U.S. involving a U.S.-based soccer club is 93,226 in 2015, when the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy hosted Barcelona in a friendly in the Rose Bowl.

The overall all-time U.S. mark was in 2014 when 109,318 saw Manchester United play Real Madrid in Michigan Stadium.

The all-time Super Bowl attendance mark was set at Super Bowl XLV (2011) when 103,219 were in At&T Stadium (then known as Cowboys Stadium) to see the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25.

MLS even attracted stars for its title game.

Among those in attendance at the MLS Cup: Evander Holyfield, former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavin, former NFL star Chad Ochocinco, former NBA player Steve Smith and rap stars Big Boi and Waka Flocka.

The MLS Cup attendance figure in Atlanta was not a fluke.

This past season, Atlanta United became the first MLS club to draw more than one million fans. The team averaged a league record 53,002 attendance per match, with eight games topping 70,000.

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