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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

BUY SELL

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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Dec282018

Thanks To NFL Browns Ownership, MLS Columbus Crew Will Not Leave Ohio

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 28, 2018:
Score another win for the resurgent Cleveland Browns.

MLS said today that Dee and Jimmy Haslam, owners of the NFL's Browns, have signed a deal to take ownership of the Columbus Crew SC and to keep the club in Columbus.

The Haslams have been working with a group headed by Dr. Peter Edwards, the Crew’s former team physician, to keep the club from relocating.

This past August, city officials in Austin, Texas, approved a proposal to move ahead with a $190 million, 20,000 seat soccer stadium, with the initial plan to have the Crew relocate.

Austin now must look to MLS expansion to occupy the stadium when it is built.

Precourt Sports Ventures has held Crew SC's operating rights since acquiring them in July 2013.

The sale, still waiting to be finalized, comes after a decision this month by Ohio state and Columbus city officials to have a public-private partnership construct a stadium for the Crew in the downtown section of the city.

Columbus officials also reviewed this month that Mapfre Stadium, which has been home to the Crew since 1999, would be "repurposed as a community sports park and training facility."

Financial terms were not released.

“After several months of discussions, we are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement in principle with the Haslam and Edwards families for them to assume an ownership position in Major League Soccer and operate Columbus Crew SC starting in January, 2019," MLS commissioner Don Garber said via the league.

”While we work to finalize the deal promptly, we want to state publicly the tremendous collaboration and community support for Crew SC, which has set the stage for a powerful plan that includes a world-class soccer stadium — a critical step that will help ensure the club’s success on and off the field.”

The Crew was founded in 1994 as an original member of MLS. Lamar Hunt, a key executive in the formation of the American Football League, with eventually merged with the NFL, as well as a founder of MLS, was the club’s first majority owner.

According to a joint statement from Dee Haslam, Jimmy Haslam and Peter Edwards, “Throughout our conversations, it’s been overwhelmingly clear that Crew SC belongs in Columbus, and we are thrilled to have reached an agreement in principle to assume an ownership position in Major League Soccer and to operate Columbus Crew SC.

“As the stewards of Crew SC, we will always be focused on building a championship caliber team that makes the city proud, creating dynamic and memorable fan experiences and deeply engaging the community to make a positive impact.”

In conjunction with the sale of the team, the City of Columbus and the state of Ohio filed a notice with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to dismiss their joint lawsuit against MLS and Precourt Sports Ventures. which sought to keep the Crew in the city.

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