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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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Oct282017

IOC Takes Steps To Bring eSports, eGamers Closer To Olympic Competition Reality

By Barry Janoff

October 28, 2017: The International Olympic Committee moved steps closer to, but remained cautious about, adding eSports to future Games, stating that the category is “showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic,” and already has the “involvement of various Olympic movement stakeholders.”

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity . . . the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports,” the IOC said today (Oct. 28) during an Olympic Summit meeting held at its headquarters in Lausanne.

The meeting came with about 100 days to go until the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea (Feb. 9-25) and 1,000 days to go until the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo (July 24-Aug. 9).

Any addition of eSports and eGames likely would not get approval until the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.

eSports will for the first time will be part of the medal events at the 2022 Asian Games via an alliance between the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports, the eSports division of China-based e-commerce firm Alibaba Group.

Alibaba Group is a top tier partner with the IOC, as is Intel, which has significant investments in the eSports category.

Among those attending the Olympic Summit meeting were IOC president Thomas Bach, U.S. Olympic Committee president Lawrence Probst; IOC vice-presidents Yu Zaiqing, Juan Antonio Samaranch, U─čur Erdener, and Anita DeFranz; and various heads of international federations and national Olympic committees.

Under discussion were “a number of topics which are important to the future of the Olympic Movement,” including the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, protection of “clean athletes,  pre-Games testing and eSports.

According to the IOC, attendees at the Summit agreed that "eSports" are showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, ‘The content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values.

“A further requirement for recognition by the IOC must be the existence of an organization guaranteeing compliance with the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement (anti-doping, betting, manipulation, etc.).”

The Summit asked the IOC together with the Global Association of Sports Federations “in a dialogue with the gaming industry and players to explore this area further and to come back to the Olympic Movement stakeholders in due course.”

eSports is expected to be a $700 million category this year and nearly triple to $1.5 billion by 2020, according to NewZoo, San Francisco, which is among the leading eSports research and consulting firms in the world.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, players prepare and train with an intensity . . . comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

“eSsports is not only growing exponentially as a new independent business and industry, it is also accelerating the convergence of various established industries,”  Peter Warman, CEO for NewZoo, wrote in an eSports report.

“For brands, media, and entertainment companies, eSports provides a chance to capitalize on the favorite pastime of digital natives and millennials: playing games and watching game content. With the arrival of live-streams and events, gaming has entered the realm of broadcasters and media that can now apply their advertising business model to a market previously out of reach for them,” according to Warman.

Regarding the 2018 Winter Games, the Olympic Summit participants “expressed their full support for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.”

The Summit also applauded the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for all the progress in the technical preparations for the Games.

“The safety and security of the athletes are of course the top priority for everyone in the Olympic Movement, and this was highlighted again by the Olympic Summit. The IOC will continue to monitor the situation in cooperation with governments, NOCs and International Federations (IFs).”

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