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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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Aug142018

Coca-Cola Teams With Kobe’s Sports Drink, Seeking To Catch First-Place Gatorade

By Barry Janoff

August 14, 2018: In an effort to accelerate its quest to catch category-leader Gatorade, Coca-Cola said it is acquiring a minority stake in BodyArmor, which is under the direction of chairman and co-founder Mike Repole.

Financial terms were not shared.

Rival PepsiCo’s Gatorade has about 75% of the $8 billion U.S. sports drinks sales, followed by Coca-Cola’s Powerade and then BodyArmor, according to industry analysts.

According to Repole, BodyArmor is “on track to reach almost $400 million in retail sales this year."

Kobe Bryant invested in BodyArmor in 2013 and is listed as the brand’s No. 3 shareholder.

On his Twitter account, Bryant wrote, “Proud of our team at @DrinkBODYARMOR & our new partnership with the @CocaColaCo who believes in our mission of becoming the #1 Global Sports Drink. Thanks @Gatorade, we’ll take it from here… #ObsessedWithBetter.”

This is the second business deal between Repole and Coca-Cola, which in 2007 acquired the company with two other brands he founded, Glacéau Vitaminwater and Smartwater.

In addition to Bryant, athletes involved with the brand — who are referred to as investors as well as endorsers — include James Harden, Mike Trout, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dustin Johnson, Mookie Betts, Kristaps Porzingas, Megan Rapinoe, Richard Sherman, Andrew Luck, Diana Taurasi, Klay Thompson, Anthony Rizzo, Michelle Waterson, Cody Garbrandt, Maddie Mastro and Jack Sock.

BodyArmor is also the official sports drink of the UFC and Spartan endurance competition.

In a marketing campaign earlier this year that included Harden, Trout, Porzinagas, Diggins-Smith and most recently Betts, BodyArmor positioned itself as the sports drink for the modern athlete while declaring its rival as “outdated.”

The tag: “Thanks, Gatorade, we’ll take it from here.”

Under terms of the deal, Coca-Cola said BodyArmor would remain an independent company and “gain access to the expansive Coca-Cola bottling and distribution system.”

The deal would also allow Coca-Cola iin the future to take full ownership of BodyArmor, which is based in Whitestone, NY.

“Consistent with our strategy of incubating bolt-on M&A deals, we believe taking an initial minority stake today, with a clear path to ownership, will allow BodyArmor to continue to grow the business in a sustainable manner while maintaining the brand’s leadership and edge that have made it so successful,” said Jim Dinkins, Coca-Cola North America president, on the company’s Web site,

“Mike and his team have a unique capability to understand consumer needs and develop breakthrough products that meet these needs, and also to create commercial strategies to grow these brands in the marketplace. We’re really excited about working with them and having BodyArmor part of our bottlers' expanding beverage portfolio,” said Dinkins.

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