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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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Wednesday
Dec202017

Quiet Kawhi Leonard Goes Wild In Foot Locker-Air Jordan Gatorade Campaign

By Barry Janoff

December 20, 2017: Kawhi Leonard, who has just returned to the San Antonio Spurs line-up after missing the first months of the season with right quadriceps tendinopathy, gets a starring and humorous role in Foot Locker's "Bold Like Kawhi,” which seeks to pay homage to Michael Jordan and Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” campaign from the 1990s.

The anchor spot, "Bold Like Kawhi,” follows the all-star forward, usually known for his low-key, relaxed demeanor, through a day of high-key, energized adventures after receiving a new pair of orange “Be Like Mike”  Air Jordan I OG High Gatorade hoops shoes from teammate LaMarcus Aldridge.

According to Leonard, "I had a ton of fun partnering with Foot Locker and Jordan Brand to show off another side of my personality that most fans don't get to see every day.

“Being part of a holiday campaign that pays homage to the original 'Be Like Mike' Gatorade ad is really special."

When Leonard puts on his new Jordans, he excitedly shares the news on social media via his cell phone. He then proceeds to go on a pumped-up day-long road trip while wearing the new kicks.

Among other encounters, all shared on social media, he shows up in a recording studio with rapper Nipsey Hussle, goes to an auction and bids on a piece of eccentric art, breaks boards in a taekwondo studio, parties in a nightclub with Les Twins and drives a low-rider muscle car dubbed “Kawheels.”

When later interviewed by the media about about his day, Leonard, wearing a "Be Like Mike" T-shirt, says with a sly smile, “I was hacked.”

The spot will break on ESPN and ABC during NBA Christmas Day games.

Support includes Internet, social media and POP.

Lead agency is BBDO.

"We were thrilled to partner with Kawhi Leonard for our Jordan holiday campaign," Patrick Walsh, vp-marketing for Foot Locker North America, said in a statement,

"We all know Kawhi is bold on the court, but highlighting his style and confidence in the new Air Jordan Gatorade Collection will help all of our customers at Foot Locker make bold sneaker selections this holiday season,” said Walsh.

The campaign supports the release of a premium assortment of the Air Jordan Gatorade Collection, including the Air Jordan I OG High Gatorade in four flavorways — Orange, Lemon Lime, Grape and Cool Blue — (launching Dec. 26) and Air Jordan VI Gatorade (launching Dec. 30).

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