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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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Jul302018

Puma Deal With WNBA Builds Brand, Women’s Division, Hoops Strategy

By Barry Janoff

July 30, 2018: The summer of Puma continued this past weekend when the sports shoe and apparel company signed a deal to become a league-wide partner with the WNBA, its first alliance with a pro sports league.

Puma, which already counts WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith of the Dallas Wings as a brand endorser, is now able to use league’s trademarks and show WNBA players in their team uniforms in its marketing campaigns, even if they are wearing Puma kicks.

Financial terms of the alliance, which was unveiled during WNBA All-Star Game events in Minneapolis — during which Diggins-Smith wore new Puma kicks — were not shared.

Unlike Nike, adidas and Under Armour, Puma does not have a similar deal with the NBA, and is unable to show their NBA endorsers wearing their team uniforms.

The deal not only builds Puma’s hoops presence in the U.S., but greatly enhances its growth in women’s sports, entertainment and social activities.

Among the brand’s endorsers are Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, artist Shantell Martin, designer Sophia Webster and dancers of the New York City Ballet.

Gomez, Rihanna, Delevingne and Martin have stand-alone marketing campaigns.

Puma has an umbrella effort for its women’s division, “Do You.” (“They follow rules. You follow instinct. They have opinions. You know where to put them. They dream. You get the damn thing done. They follow the pack. You #DoYou.”)

“Puma not only has foresight, they are fearless trailblazers that walk the walk alongside their partners,” Diggins-Smith said in a statement.

“I’m proud to be part of a family and a brand that supports the WNBA and all the strength, independence, athleticism, individuality and feminism we represent.”

This past June, at the time of the NBA Draft, the brand made an extensive push by signing  No. 1 overall draft pick DeAndre Ayton and top picks Marvin Bagley, Zhaire Smith and Michael Porter Jr.

Puma has since added NBA veteran Rudy Gay and three-year pro Terry Rozier.

The company also reconnected with its roots by re-introducing Walt “Clyde” Frazier, who wore signature Puma’s during his Hall of Fame career, and brand spokesman, signing him to a lifetime contract and unveiling new Puma Clydes.

In other areas, Puma deals include U.S. soccer star Jose Altidore, AC Milan, the Senegal Football Assn., the Jamaican Women’s Bobsled Team and track-and-field icon Usain Bolt.

Musician and entrepreneur Jay-Z has been appointed as the creative director of Puma’s basketball operations.

Puma also signed on as an official partner for The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million winner-takes-all competition now in progress.

“This new class of athletes embody our vision for the category,” Bjørn Gulden, CEO for Puma, said in a statement.

“Their mix of on-court skills and off-court style align with what we are standing for. We are looking forward to working with them and are convinced they will make a big impact both for the Puma brand and for our basketball business.”

Just-released Q2 and six-month 2018 finances show that, for Puma, they are heading in the right direction,

According to Gulden, “The second quarter developed positively for us with sales growing organically 15% and EBIT increasing 33%. All regions and all product divisions posted double digit organic growth . . .

“The first six months of the year showed major shifts in product trends and consumer demand, especially for footwear. But we feel that our “fast attitude” and quick reaction time allowed us to continue our growth.

“We got very positive feedback to our plans of re-entering the basketball category and both — the announcements of our new NBA players and the revelation of the product — were well received from retailers and basketball fans.”

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