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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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Apr042017

UA: Majestic Athletic To Continue As MLB Apparel Supplier Under Fanatics Acquisition

By Barry Janoff

April 4, 2017: In a move initiated last summer, VF Corp. today confirmed that it would sell its Licensed Sports Group to online sports apparel retailer Fanatics.

LSG is headed by the Majestic Athletic brand, which has had a relationship with MLB since 1982 and has been the league’s official on-field apparel supplier since 2005.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

In December, MLB signed a ten-year deal naming Under Armour the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components, replacing Majestic beginning with the 2020 season.

Under terms of the same deal, Fanatics was granted "broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of Under Armour and Fanatics fan gear."

The deal left unresolved Majestic Athletic's status with MLB beyond 2019 and the future of the Majestic Athletic facility in Eason, PA, which employs about 600 people.

But Fanatics said it has also acquired the facility, located about 80 miles north of Philadelphia.

Concurrently, Under Armour in a statement said it would "continue the long-standing tradition of Major League Baseball's on-field uniforms being built by the dedicated workers of Easton, Pennsylvania, home of Majestic’s facility."

According to Under Armour, "The men and women of Easton will continue to play a major role in building Under Armour’s MLB team apparel business."

The decisions were confirmed during a media event to unveil the alliance held this afternoon at the Majestic Athletic factory, attended by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, reps from Fanatics and Majestic Athletic and local and state politicians.

Under Armour and Fanatics said they expect to offer an assortment of new fan gear apparel and accessories at retail, prior to the 2020 season.

In a recent financial statement, VF said that "revenues for its Imagewear coalition hit $1.1 billion in 2015, with LSG representing about half of that amount."

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fanatics’ partners include the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Nascar, MLS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and more than 200 collegiate and professional team properties across all leagues

Beginning in the 2020 MLB season, Under Armour becomes the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components including jerseys featuring prominent Under Armour branding, baselayer, game-day outerwear and year-round training apparel for all 30 MLB clubs.

In addition to MLB, Majestic also supplies apparel and fanware through licensing agreements with various other U.S. and international professional sports leagues and teams.
 
VF Corp. plans to focus on its other high-profile brands, including The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Lee, Wrangler and Nautica.

"As active portfolio managers, we constantly assess the composition of our company to ensure VF’s portfolio is aligned with our strategic objectives and positioned to maximize growth and return to our shareholders," Eric Wiseman, VF’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement earlier this year explaining VF’s strategy.

"In this respect, we are exploring options for our LSG business to position the organization to continue its success and achieve its future potential," said Wiseman.

To coincide with the start of the 2017 MLB season, Majestic Athletic launched a new multi-media effort under its umbrella campaign, "My Team My Colors."

Among those in the effort are Majestic spokesmen including Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians),  Joc Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers), Kevin Pillar (Toronto Blue Jays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees), Kyle Schwarber (Chicago Cubs), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins) and Noah Syndergaard (New York Mets).

The premise of this year’s "My Team My Colors" finds the players creating artwork of the cities in which they play using brushes, canvas and paint-covered baseballs and bats.

The campaign is debuting during MLB's Opening Week across multimedia platforms including MLB.com, MLB Network, MLB venues and with Majestic retailer partners.

The VF Corp.-Fanatics transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, is subject to standard customary closing conditions for a closing to occur.

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