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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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Dec052018

Report: Led By Rangers, Average Value Of NHL Franchises A Record $630M

By Barry Janoff

December 5, 2018: The average value of NHL teams rose 6% during the past year, to a record $630 million according to a new report from Forbes.

The New York Rangers top the list at $1.55 billion, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs at $1.45 billion.

Two other franchises also top $1 billion: The Montreal Canadiens ($1.3 billion) and the Chicago Blackhawks ($1.05 billion).

The Top Five also includes the Boston Bruins ($925 million).

Value was driven up by recent broadcast and cable deals, according to Forbes.

Also impacting the rise in the average value of teams: the NHL's ten-year collective bargaining agreement. Ratified in 2013, it reduced the players' share of hockey-related revenue from 57% to a 50-50 split with ownership.

However, another key factor was the success last season of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, which had a solid fan base locally and built a following nationally by reaching the Stanley Cup Finals (losing to the Washington Capitals).

According to Forbes, the Knights took in $180 million in revenue in the past year — the tenth highest in hockey — and $53 million in operating income, the fifth highest among the league's 31 teams.

Forbes said the Knights are now worth $575 million, 15% more than their expansion fee ($500 million), and No. 12 among all NHL franchises.

The defending NHL champion Capitals are No. 10 on the list, valued at $725 million.

The NHL this week approved expansion to Seattle, the league’s 32nd franchise, which plans to hit the ice for the 2021-22 season. Team owners will pay an expansion fee of $650 million.

NHL team values should continue to rise over the next few years if for no other reason than the league’s potential annual income from legal sports betting.

"Much like the NHL's recent successful expansion into Las Vegas, legal sports betting will continue to expand across the country, bringing with it a $216 million opportunity for the league," according to a new report from the American Gaming Assn.

According to the AGA, “Greater fan engagement and viewership could boost the NHL's total annual revenue from media rights, sponsorships, merchandise and ticket sales by 3.5%, producing $151 million in new revenue from increased consumption of the league's products.”

In addition, gaming operators "may spend $24 million on advertising, which would directly increase the league's rights fees by the same amount."

Another $35 million in sponsorship revenue and $6 million in data is also projected for the league and its teams.

Following the Bruins, there is a significant drop to the No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, valued at $810 million.

The bottom four teams on the Forbes list are each valued at less than $400 million: the Buffalo Sabres ($375 million), Columbus Blue Jackets ($320 million), Florida Panthers ($295 million) and the Arizona Coyotes ($290 million).

By comparison, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable sports franchise in the world, valued at $4.8 billion. The New York Yankees are MLB’s most valuable franchise ($4 billion) and the New York Knicks top the NBA list ($3.8 billion), according to Forbes.

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