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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

BUY SELL

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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Wednesday
Jun282017

Dale Jr. Unveils JR Nation Appreci88ion Campaign To Fete Fans, Nascar Career

By Barry Janoff

June 27, 2017: Arnold Palmer had Arnie’s Army, his most loyal fans who would support and honor him through thick and thin.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has JR Nation, his most loyal fans, many who have been with him long before his first win in the 1998 Coca-Cola 300.

Now in his final laps as a fulltime Nascar driver, having shared this past April his decision not to race full time following the current season, Earnhardt Jr. has launched what he called JR Nation Appreci88ion, a five-month campaign to get closer to, and connect with, his fans.

"The rest of this season is about two things . . . Winning and #Appreci88ion," Earnhardt Jr. wrote on his social media platforms, which include more than two million followers on Twitter and nearly three million on Facebook.

In a video posted to Nascar.com, Earnhardt Jr. unveils the campaign and even thanks many of his fans by name.

The effort begins July 1 at the Daytona International Speedway during the Coke Zero 400 and will continue through the completion of the 2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup series.

According to Earnhardt Jr. he will "create opportunities in social media, at-track activation, fan engagement, industry participation and philanthropy to celebrate his historic career while offering gestures of gratitude to everyone who made the ride possible."

He said that includes fans, teammates, colleagues, family members, lifelong friends and "anyone who influenced (my) time in the driver’s seat."

Earnhardt Jr. has also unveiled a line of Appreci88ion merchandise, including hats, T-shirts and mugs. The goods will be available at tracks in the Dale Earnhardt Jr. souvenir trailer and at ShopJRNation.com.

Among other activation, Earnhardt Jr. said he would release weekly videos "recollecting memories and milestones achieved at each of the specific racing venues."

His sponsors and industry partners will have featured roles as well, activating in "unique ways to give back to JR Nation."

Earnhardt Jr.’s partners include Nationwide, Mountain Dew, Chevrolet, Hellmann’s, Breyers, Suave, Goodyear, Wrangler, Under Armour and Axalta.

He said he selected  Daytona International Speedway  to launch the effort because "it has been home to many (of m) career highlights," including two Daytona 500 trophies (2004, 2014), four total Cup wins, seven non-points Cup victories and six Nascar Xfinity Series wins.

"My expectations were very low when I started racing — I just wanted to pay my bills," Earnhardt Jr. said in a statement. "If I could pay bills and make a living by racing, that was a win.

"Now some 18 years later, I look at what became of it, and I just feel grateful. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of so many people, especially fans.

"So as I visit tracks for the last time in this role, that is my motivation. I’m going to drive as hard as I can for the people who made an 18-year Cup career possible," he said.

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