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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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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.
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Mar082012

NCAA Corporate Partners, Local Firms All For Hoops First Four Festivities

By Barry Janoff

March 8, 2012: The frenzy that is March Madness added another element last year with the introduction of the First Four, which officially opens the NCAA men's basketball Division I Tournament.

This season, the First Four is expanding to include several days of pre-tournament festivities, which NCAA corporate partners and local marketers have embraced.

The First Four games will take place at the University of Dayton (Ohio) Arena, March 13-14. But on March 11, the inaugural First Four Festival will begin in Dayton proper. Under the auspices of the Dayton-Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau, NCAA and local partners will activate on several levels during what is being described as "a huge street party along several blocks in the city's cobblestoned Oregon historic district."

The First Four was created as part of CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting's joint 14-year deal with the NCAA that began in 2011.

The introduction of the First Four helped boost Tournament-related ad spend in 2011. The top ten advertisers spent a total of $272.7 million on March Madness marketing while total ad revenue reached an all-time high of $738 million, up 20.2% from the prior year, according to research firm Kantar Media, New York.

The First Four Festival and March 13-14 games are expected to bring at least $4 million into the local economy, per the Dayton-Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

According to Dayton City commissioner Nan Whaley, "We are excited to be working with the NCAA, and we expect the events to garner much more positive, national attention for our community."

NCAA corporate champions are Coca-Cola, Capital One and AT&T. Official corporate partners are Allstate, Buick, Enterprise, Infinity, LG, Loew's, Northwest Mutual, Hershey's Reese's, Unilever, UPS and Kraft's Wheat Thins.

Most are expected to have a presence at the First Four Festival via signage, on-site experiential marketing or other activations. Many will also have on-air presence during First Four games.

"We are excited to be working with the NCAA, and we expect the events to garner much more positive, national attention for our community."

Turner’s truTV will air First Four games in prime time. CBS and Turner's TNT and TBS will then show all games from the ensuing rounds leading to the Final Four, which will air on CBS March 31 and April 2 from the Mercerdes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

This year's field will be unveiled during a national broadcast on March 11 on CBS. Two of the First Four first-round games will feature the last four at-large teams selected by the NCAA on "Selection Sunday," while the other two games will match teams ranked 65 through 68 on the overall seed list. The winners of the four games then advance to the second round.

Last year, Virginia Commonwealth University was one of the eight First Four teams. VCU ultimately advanced to the Final Four before losing in the semi-finals to Butler.

Last year, the University of Dayton Arena drew 20,217 fans over two days for the inaugural First Four. The University was then selected to host the First Four this month and again in March 2012, when second- and third-round games will also be played there, according to the NCAA.

Among the activations scheduled for the First Four Festival will be big-screen TVs broadcasting conference championship games and the NCAA selection show, a basketball tournament showcasing former players from the University of Dayton and other in-state colleges, live entertainment and an "NCAA First Four 4 Miler" race that will start and end in the midst of the festival.

"We want to show the country that Dayton means basketball," Tim Wabler, vice president and director of athletics at the University of Dayton, said in a statement.

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