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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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Tuesday
Dec102013

Thanks To Foot Locker, Blake Griffin Loses Clippers Locker Room Space To Little Chris

By Barry Janoff

December 13, 2013: Is All-Star forward Blake Griffin out of the Los Angeles Clippers locker room?

Perhaps not in real NBA life, but that's the scenario in a new TV spot from Foot Locker for its Kids Foot Locker division.

The 30-second commercial, "Locker," features Griffin, teammate Chris Paul and Paul's son, "Little" Chris, with a focus on merchandise available for young consumers in Kids Foot Locker locations.

The spot, from BBDO, NY, debuts this week during NBA and kids programming and online.

"We were excited to have Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in our new Kids Foot Locker spot, as both parents and kids identify with these talented athletes," Stacy Cunningham, evp for Foot Locker and for Kids Foot Locker., said in a statement.

According to Cunnigham, the spot features such items as Jordan One Flights and Flight Origin Sneakers, varsity hoodies and T-shirts.

Support includes Internet and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

The spot opens in the Clippers locker room with Paul and a team trainer talking about the abundance of items that Little Chris has gotten for the holidays. So much, in fact, that Paul has given his son a locker adjoining his to store all the goodies.

However, the trainer notices something odd. "Isn't that where Blake's locker used to be?"

"Not any more," Paul replies. "Ain't that right, man," Paul says to his son, who readily agrees.

The next scene shows Griffin standing in a bus terminal, anxiously waiting to use one of the lockers. "C'mon, man, I've got practice," he says to a guy who is blocking his "new" locker. (See the full spot here.)

Text uses the Foot Locker tag, "Go Big."

"Sharing the spotlight with people that I love and one of my favorite brands brings this spot close to home," Paul said in a statement. "I really enjoyed kicking off the holiday with this collaboration with my son, my buddy Blake, and the Foot Locker family. I'm glad to be a part of a campaign that inspires kids of all ages to dream big, play big and go big."

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