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• Puma, which is rebooting its hoops division with the signing of potential top NBA draft picks Deandre Jordan and Michael Bagley III to shoe deals, said it has named producer/musician/businessman Jay-Z as president of basketball operations. The company said it has been working with Jay-Z run Roc Nation “for quite some time.” In addition, Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier, a Puma partner for its first signature shoe in the 1970’s and long-time endorser, has signed a lifetime contract with the shoe brand.

• Panini America has signed an exclusive autograph trading card memorabilia agreement with All-American point guard Trae Young, a projected Top Ten pick in this week's 2018 NBA Draft. Young led the nation in both scoring (27.4 ppg) and assists (8.8 apg) during a his freshman season with the University of Oklahoma.

• Xyience said it would be an official sponsor and the official energy drink for the 2018 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken, a premier  occer tournament featuring top clubs and players from Europe. The ICC runs from July 20- Aug. 7 and includes 17 matches played across 14 U.S. cities. (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and SiriusXM.) Sponsors also  include Heineken, Ally, Hertz, MasterCard, Gatorade, Konami and Vivid Seats.

KEEPING SCORE

Top-Selling MLB Jerseys (Jan.-May 2018)

1. Jose Altuve Houston Astros
2. Aaron Judge New York Yankees
3. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees
5. George Springer Houston Astros
6. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
7. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
8. Shohei Otani Los Angeles Angels
9. Carlos Corea Hoston Astros
10. Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox
11. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
12. Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
14. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

SOURCE: MLBShop.com

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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May242018

Big3, adidas Launching Young3 Kids Tournament, Clinic For 2018 Season

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 23, 2018:
As Big3 prepares for its second season of 3-on-3 games with teams mostly populated by former NBA players, the organization is expanding its landscape to include youngsters who might someday become NBA stars.

In association with partner adidas, Big3 is launching Young3, a 3-on-3 youth basketball initiative.

According to Big3, throughout the season, Young3 will host 3-on-3 tournaments and skills clinics for kids ages 7-14.

The events will take place  in all ten Big3 city stops on Thursdays, ahead of the league's scheduled Friday night prime time games on Fox and FS1.

Former NBA player Jerome Williams, who participated in the Big3's inaugural season, will serve as the president of Young3 and will oversee all program operations.

"As a league, we couldn't be more excited to share our passion for the sport of 3-on-3 with the young people in each community we visit," Clyde Drexler, Big3 commissioner and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement.

"Our hope is that through Young3 we will instill that same enthusiasm for the game, and hopefully cultivate the next generation of Big3 all-stars or Olympic medalists."

All participants will receive a Big3 and adidas-branded jersey.

The second Big3 season is scheduled to begin June 22 in the Toyota Center, Houston.

The championship is scheduled for Aug. 24 in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Big3, which was created by musician/producer/actor Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, said they will also invest time and money in each city on the tourn “into improving the infrastructure of community courts so players are able to have the ultimate 3-on-3 experience.

“This new community outreach program will work to engage young audiences in the growing popularity of 3-on-3 basketball,” which was added as an official Olympic event beginning with the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

Young3 clinics are open to children ages 7-14 and will teach participants three-on-three skills as well as tips and tricks from BIG3 players and coaches who will make special appearances throughout the summer.

(Information on Young3 tournaments and skills clinic is here.)

2018 Big3 Schedule (subject to change):

• June 22: Toyota Center, Houston

• June 29: United Center, Chicago

• July 6: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.

• July 13: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

•  July 20: American Airlines Arena, Miami

• July 27: Air Canada Centre,  Toronto

• Aug. 3: TD Garden, Boston

• Aug. 10: Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta

• Aug. 17: Playoffs American Airlines Center, Dallas

• Aug. 24: Championship Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

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