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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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Dec062012

Social Media, Brand Destination LockerDome Fast-Tracks To Success

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

December 8, 2012: LockerDome, the Facebook- and Linkedin-style destination for sports brands and athletes, said that is has topped the three million monthly unique visitors plateau, continuing a rise that started from the time it launched in January.

LockerDome, based in St. Louis, describes itself as a destination for more than 1,300 personalities, parody sites and other sports properties that use LockerDome as part of their overall social media strategy.

Among the current or former athletes who have a presence on LockerDome are Larry Fitzgerald, Troy Polamalu, LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison, Wade Boggs and Pete Rose; Octagon and Rawlings are among the sports-related brands that use the site.

Athletes and brands have been using the site to drive awareness for promotions and contests and then "easily cross-promote one another, as well as run their contests seamlessly across Facebook and Twitter, maximizing the audience that each property reaches," according to LockerDome.

Polamalu, for example, currently is running a promotion in which he is offering two tickets to the Pittsburgh Steelers-San Diego Chargers game in Pittsburgh on Dec. 9. (Details here.)
 
LockerDome recently partnered with Dime Magazine for a match-game contest on the site offering footwear from Foot Locker.

“The overwhelming demand by athletes, media partners, brands and the audiences [they] reach is a clear indication that the platform will continue to strengthen."

The main thrust of LockerDome, however, is as a social media platform where people can "consume content and interact with like-minded people around their favorite sports interests." Visitors who register with the site can post photos and videos and generate conversations with other registered visitors.

LockerDome said it has been growing at an average rate of 14% per week since its launch 11 months back, surpassing one million uniques in June, two million in October and now three million. The company said that "at its current growth rate, LockerDome is on pace to be a Top Ten most-visited sports site in the next 12 – 18 months."

“The overwhelming demand for LockerDome by professional athletes, media partners, brands and the targeted audiences these publishers reach, and the subsequent meteoric growth from that demand, is a clear indication that the LockerDome platform will only continue to strengthen," Gabe Lozano, co-founder and CEO for LockerDome, said in a statement. “This is just the tip of the iceberg for LockerDome. As explosive as LockerDome’s growth has been in 2012, we will undoubtedly be even more dominant in 2013.”

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