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• Through the first two weekends of the NBA Playoffs, national ad spend has reached $135.1 million across league media partners: TNT, ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC and NBA TV, according to iSpot.TV.  That is down from $145 million at the same point a year ago. Leading brands are Burger King (232 spots), Taco Bell (197), Verizon (158), Gatorade (157) and Corona Extra (147).

• NBC Sports said its coverage of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 751,000 viewers through Sunday, the best in four years through the first 12 days of the playoffs. Coverage on NBC is the best since 2015, while cable coverage on NBCSN is the best in six years. Live streaming of the first 12 days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has set records in all key metrics.

• Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-time World Championship cross-country skiing medalist Jessie Diggins has signed with Ross-Simons jewelers. According to Diggins, “Fabulous jewelry at great values is what Ross-Simons is all about, and I believe in the sincerity of that message.

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Top Selling NBA Footwear
1. LeBron James Nike
2. Under Armour Footwear
3. Chris Paul Nike Jordan
4. Kevin Durant Nike
5. Converse Shoes
6. Slide Sandals
7. Carmelo Anthony Nike Jordan
8. Stephen Curry Under Armour
9. Jordan Shoes
10. Stance Socks

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (April 20-22)
1. A Quiet Place $22M
2. Rampage $21M
3. I Feel Pretty $16.2M
4. Super Troopers 2 $14.7M
5. Blumhouse's Truth or Dare $7.9M
6. Ready Player One $7.5M
7. Blockers $6.9M
8. Black Panther $4.6M
9. Traffik $3.9M
10. Isle of Dogs $3.4M
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Apr282014

Johnny Football Puts John Hancock On Exclusive Deal To Become 'Johnny Panini'

By Barry Janoff

April 28, 2014: Johnny Manziel, who is expected to be among the top quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft next week, has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Panini America, a leading sports and entertainment trading and collectable company.

Manziel — whose highly marketable nickname is "Johnny Football" — will join Panini as an exclusive athlete for autographed memorabilia through Panini Authentic, the autograph and memorabilia division of Panini America.

Manziel joins other exclusive Panini Authentic athletes including NBA stars Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving; and NFL players Andrew Luck and EJ Manuel.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy as a rookie with Texas A&M in 2012, also has deals that include Burger King and Nike.

“Johnny Manziel is one of the most exciting players to enter the NFL Draft in quite some time and his arrival has been heavily anticipated for years by fans and collectors alike," Mark Warsop, CEO for Panini America, said in a statement. "He’s at the head of a 2014 draft class that will drive trading card sales not just in 2014, but for many years afterward. Making Johnny an exclusive member of the Panini America family has been a top priority for us since he declared for the NFL Draft."

This autographed memorabilia – including signed helmets, jerseys and photographs – is available exclusively on the Panini Authentic Web site.

Manziel’s first NFL Rookie Cards and autographed cards will arrive in the May release of Panini America’s 2014 Score Football, where he will debut on NFL-licensed product packaging as a Panini athlete. Panini said it would also have "some other unique plans for collectors of Johnny’s NFL autographed trading cards," which will be available in all 2014-15 Panini NFL trading card products.

“Manziel is one of the most exciting players to enter the NFL Draft in some time and his arrival has been heavily anticipated for years by fans and collectors."

According to Manziel, “I’m honored that Panini America wanted me to be a part of their great team. I remain focused and committed to doing everything I can — on the field and off — to be the best quarterback I can be.”

“We’re excited to add him to the Panini Authentic family as an exclusive autograph and memorabilia athlete," said Warsop. "Fans and collectors can take comfort in knowing that going forward, all of his autograph and memorabilia signings will be witnessed by a Panini Authentic representative and will have serial Panini Authentic holograms on products and matching COAs to ensure authenticity for all collectors."

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