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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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Oct102017

Soccer Is Here: Heineken Reveals Meaning Of Mysterious MLS T-Shirt Message

By Barry Janoff

October 10, 2017: Heineken, an official partner with MLS, has been sending a message to people via words placed on T-shirts worn by fans during nationally televised MLS games on ESPN.

People may have seen and pondered over green T’s imprinted with such text as “invisible,” “thread,” “chant,” three guys wearing shirts that individually read “to,” “ge” and “there” or the even more cryptic “uhm.”

In a new spot, part of its ”Soccer Is Here" umbrella campaign, Heineken has the big reveal.

“A secret message was hidden in shirts appearing all over soccer broadcasts,” the ad, "The Invisible Thread," explains as we see shots of people wearing the green T-shirts. "Today, those shirts come together."

Placed in order, the message reads: ”There is an invisible thread that links us all. No matter if you are red or blue, American or Americano, champion or fan, young or . . . uhm . . . experienced, our love for this game unites us. And together we chant as one: Soccer is here."

The spot also reveals another secret: that there was an international star hidden among the fans.

David Villa, captain for the Spanish National Team and MLS New York City Football Club, is seen wearing a green T-shirt with the word "champion" emblazoned across the front.

"For decades Heineken has been one of the world's biggest fans of soccer, and our ultimate goal is to help fans get closer to the game than ever before," Rob Ryder, brand manager for Heineken USA, said in a statement.

"We live in very interesting times, so we wanted to bring fans together regardless of who you support and raise a glass to the dedicated soccer fans who have helped lift the beautiful game here in America, and worldwide,” said Ryder.

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup coming this summer, Heineken said that its ”Soccer Is Here" and the message it shared via MLS brings “some of the best that the sport has to offer directly to the game's passionate fans."

According to Heineken, “This is the brand's latest program, which recognizes that passion and puts it on full display, bringing people together around what many believe is the best sport in the world.”

The beer maker said it plans to continue to support soccer as it has "through key sponsorships of local and international leagues and tournaments, viewing parties for away games, and beer gardens at hundreds of matches over the years."

Lead agency is Publicis New York.

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