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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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Coca-Cola Invites The World To Participate In Historic FIFA World Cup Campaign

By Barry Janoff

April 2, 2014: Coca-Cola, an official global marketing partner of FIFA, is ramping up activation behind the 2014 World Cup with what the beverage maker called "the largest marketing program in the history of The Coca-Cola Company."

Coke said it would invite the world to "celebrate football as a force for social good" via its “The World’s Cup” campaign, which encompasses TV, print, radio, iTunes, out-of-home, POP, Internet, social media and an extensive element that will create "unrivalled access, participation, empowerment and conversation" among fans and consumers.

The campaign comes as rival Pepsi, which is not an official FIFA partner, continues to push its own worldwide World Cup agenda led by such soccer stars as Lionel Messi, Robin van Persie, David Luiz, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Agüero and Jack Wilshere.

The Coca-Cola effort is anchored by a TV spot, "One World, One Game: Everyone's Invited," that launched today (April 2). It follows the story of four local soccer teams from around the world that have "overcome life’s challenges through their love of the game." The reward for their perseverance is a trip to Brazil to watch the World Cup in person this June-July, thanks to Coke.

Lead agency is Wieden + Kennedy Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“Just as Brazil is everyone’s country and Coca-Cola is everyone’s drink, the FIFA World Cup is everyone’s cup,” Joseph Tripodi, evp and chief marketing and commercial officer for Coca-Cola, said in a statement. “Through 'The World’s Cup', Coca-Cola wants to celebrate real people playing football, demonstrating how the game is a force for a more inclusive and connected world.”

The online extended version of the commercial allows visitors to connect with a dedicated destination where they can submit photos and tweets.  Coke said submissions would be compiled into "The Happiness Flag . . . the largest flag mosaic ever created," which the company plans to unfurl on the field prior to the opening match of the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo on June 12. (See the full spot here.)

On-site, Coca-Cola said it would have advertising in and around every FIFA World Cup venue, continuing a strategy the company said began in 1950.

The multi-layered global campaign also includes “Where Will Happiness Strike Next” documentary-style short films shot during the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola. It will feature stories of "passionate football fans [who] are using the game to help them triumph over adversity, in turn inspiring others to use the power of football to overcome difficulties."

Coca-Cola said it has had a "long-standing relationship with FIFA since 1974" and has been an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup  since 1978.

According to Tripodi, “Coca-Cola prides itself on celebrating the power of football and the ability of the sport to bring the world together. Football is for everyone, regardless of geographical and social boundaries. That’s why this year we are launching 'The World’s Cup'."

“Coca-Cola prides itself on celebrating the power of football and the ability of the sport to bring the world together. Football is for everyone."

On the same day that Coke unveiled "The World's Cup" commercial and support, Pepsi released a two-minute spot, "Now Is What You Make It," which follows a young fan named Stony making his way through the streets of Rio de Janeiro en route to a World Cup match, encountering Messi and the other Pepsi soccer spokesman along the way. (See the full spot here.)

It plays out to a cover version of David Bowie's "Heroes" as performed by multi-Grammy winning artist Janelle Monáe. The online version enables visitors to link to additional interactive content and also allows them to create their own experience. (Details here.)

In addition to Coca-Cola, FIFA global marketing partners include adidas, Hyundia-Kia Motors, Emirates, Sony and Visa. FIFA World Cup sponsors include Anhueser-Busch (Budweiser), Castrol, Continental, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, Moy Park, OI and Yingli.

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