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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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Jun012018

Father’s Day Consumer Spend Is Expected To Top $15B For Second Consecutive Year

By Barry Janoff

May 31, 2018: Father’s Day is June 17, and spending is expected to reach $15.3 billion this year, with 77%  of people in the U.S. not only celebrating but spending an average of $133 per person.

The figure comes up just short of last year’s record $15.5 billion spend, according to a just-released study from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

The survey found that 47% of consumers plan to give a “special outing” gift, such as a concert, sporting event or dinner., which represents the largest share of spending at $3.2 billion.

But Father's Day is about more than spending on goodies.

MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are supporting the 23rd Annual Home Run Challenge, a national men's health campaign designed to increase research and bring awareness to the fight against prostate cancer.

From the NRF survey, also among the leading categories, consumers plan to spend $2.2 billion on clothing (purchased by 43% of shoppers), $2.1 billion on gift cards (42%) and $1.8 billion on consumer electronics (20%).

“We are pleased to see consumer confidence continue to rise, leading to another near-record holiday spend on Father’s Day,” Matthew Shay, president and CEO for Washington, DC-based NRF, said in a statement.

“Leading into the second half of the year, Americans are looking forward to treating their dads and retailers will be prepared to offer a variety of gift options that will create new memories on this special day.”

Until this year, the total spend on Father’s Day had gone up every year since 2009, when it was an estimated $9.4 billion.

People spent $14.3 billion on Father’s Day in 2016, $12.7 billion in 2015 and $12.5 billion in 2014.

By comparison, people spent more than $23 million last month on Mother’s Day, which also was down from a record $23.6 million in 2017.

People spent $18.2 billion on Easter this year, per NRF.

As to where people will shop for dad, 39% will go to a department store and 34% will shop online.

Nearly 50% of smartphone users plan to use their device to help make purchasing decisions.

Among the sports events attended on Father’s Day will be MLB games, which would be to see top athletes in action, but a whole lot more.

From June 1 to Father's Day, MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are supporting the Home Run Challenge, which invites people to "Keep Dad in The Game" and pledge a donation for every home run hit by signing up at HomeRunChallenge.org.

To date, the Home Run Challenge has raised nearly $50 million for scientific research, according to PCF.

"Partnering with Major League Baseball for the 23rd Annual Home Run Challenge has been like winning the World Series," Michael Milken, founder and chairman of PCF, said in a statement.

"We are enormously grateful to our MLB partners for their ongoing dedication to help raise awareness about prostate cancer and the need to fund groundbreaking research that so many men living with the disease need in order to survive."

Blue is the official color for prostate cancer awareness and MLB players, coaches and managers will lend their support in solidarity by wearing specially designed blue-infused caps on Father's Day.

The hats and other exclusive Father's Day apparel are be available to purchase at MLBShop.com and at MLB stadiums nationwide, with 100% of MLB's proceeds going to support PCF and partner Stand Up To Cancer.

According to Phil Rist, Prosper Insights evp-strategy, “Special outing gifts have steadily grown in  popularity for Father’s Day since their lowest point in 2009. These consumers, especially those between 18-24 years old, want to offer something to their dad’s that is unique, thoughtful and allows for quality time on dad’s special day.”

Among other categories, $878 million will be spent on home improvement supplies (16%), $862 million on personal care products (19%), $844 million on greeting cards (63%) and $830 million on tools or appliances (16%), $798 million on sporting goods or leisure items (16%, $686 million on automotive accessories (16% and $628 million on books or music (22%).

The survey of 7,681 consumers was conducted May 3-10, per the NRF.

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