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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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Nov282017

Spending Too Much This Holiday Season? You’re Not Alone (Especially In New York)

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 27, 2017: When hitting the stores this holiday season, you will need to be armed with cash, credit cards, a shopping list and some interesting — and perhaps necessary — statistics.

Holiday-season shoppers will spend an average of $500.

For most, even that won’t be enough as 76% of people said they have overspent on holiday purchases by an average of $263 in the past, according to the "Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey" from TD Bank.

The most-requested presents: Gift cards were No. 1 (62%), followed by cash (59%) and purchased gifts (48%), according to TD Bank.

Although more than 50% of people create a budget, 76% of them overspend.

The highest level of holiday overspend in the country comes from shoppers in New Yorkers (80%) and South Florida (78%) as compared to the national average (76%).

Shoppers in New York overspend by 21% ($318) more than the average American ($263).

The most common budget-breakers: 71% spent more than expected for the gifts on their list, 57% bought items for people not on their original list and 41% spent extra money on themselves.

The worst offenders:

“Experience-driven millennials far overspend their budget (72%) on holiday-related events compared to members of Generation X (24%) and baby boomers (18%),” according to the "Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey."

Millennials tend to overspend the most on:


    •    Gifts for friends and family (49%)
    •    Purchases for themselves (33%)
    •    Candy/desserts (33%)
    •    Home decorations (31%)
    •    Wine/Beer/Spirits (30%)

However, the good news is that while the majority of holiday shoppers have overspent in the past, 59% indicated that they “expect to pay back their spending before February 2018.”

Some people know how to save money: 59% of people give homemade food as a gift.

Meanwhile, some people don’t like what they have received: 56% of people have re-gifted their gifts

"Holiday shopping should not create any added stress to such an enjoyable time of year," Jason Thacker, head of U.S. Consumer Deposits and Payments for TD Bank, said in a statement.

“These findings only further emphasize that by establishing a budget and exploring gift alternatives, people can still make meaningful memories and get the most out of the season." 

Research company MARU/Matchbox conducted the "Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey" “among a nationally representative sample of Americans shopping for the holiday season.”

Interviews occurred between Nov. 2-8, 2017. A total 1,295 "completes" were gathered in the U.S.

Data has been weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the population, per TD Bank.

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