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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.

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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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Jan152014

Citi Heats Up Sochi Winter Games With Multi-Media Marketing, Activation, Athletes

By Barry Janoff

January 15, 2014: With the Winter Olympics just three weeks out, Citi Group has launched a multi-platform campaign intended to highlight athletes, activation and financial strategies leading up to, during and beyond the Games in Sochi.

Citi, the official retail bank partner of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, said the campaign would feature U.S. Olympic and Paralympic qualifiers, hopefuls and legends who comprise Team Citi. They will appear in TV, print, out-of-home, social media and digital advertising; as well as special events, promotions and retail activations.

Team Citi includes Julie Chu, Billy Demong, Erin Hamlin, Ted Ligety, Evan Lysacek, Dan Jansen, Picabo Street, Alana Nichols and Rico Roman.

Citi's Sochi campaign is a continuation of the Every Step of the Way platform launched for the 2012 Summer Games in London.

“Citi is delighted to continue its support for Team USA, this time in their efforts at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games,” Dermot Boden, chief brand officer for Citi, said in a statement. “Building on the success of Citi’s inaugural Team USA sponsorship at the London 2012 Olympic Games, we are now pleased to launch a fully integrated campaign that will create an enhanced connection with our customers, our employees and fellow Olympic and Paralympic fans."

The TV leg of Citi's campaign begins this week with a spot, "Playlist," featuring Nordic combined skier Billy Demong. The spot focuses on the Citi Thank-You Preferred Visa card, which "allows consumers including Demong to earn two-times points on dining and entertainment at no annual fee."

Two additional broadcast spots airing later this month will feature alpine skier Ted Ligety and will focus on the Citi Mobile app.

Outdoor activation later this month will include in New York a partial takeover of the Columbus Circle subway station and onsite activations in The Grove in Los Angeles.

During the final week of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Citi said it would create Team USA-themed experiences for clients, customers and employees at a dedicated event space in New York. The venue will include athlete visits, competition viewing and interactive elements.

Citi efforts will direct people to Citi.com/everystep to learn more about each of the Team Citi athletes and the U.S. Olympic, Paralympic and community sport programs "that inspired their journeys." Visitors can choose a Team Citi athlete to support and help allocate a portion of Citi’s donation to their sport program.

In addition, Citi said it has has donated an additional $500,000 to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"Just as Citi aspires to help our clients on their journeys from ambition to achievement, we are proud to support our Team Citi athletes every step of the way as they work towards and reach their goals," said Borden.

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