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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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MLB T's Join Caskets, Condoms, Comics And 2,997 Other Categories In Kiss Cosmos

By Barry Janoff

August 10, 2014: Since 1977, Kiss said it has licensed products in some 3,000 categories that have accounted for more than $1 billion in total retail sales. The list includes pinball machines, board games, Zippo lighters, action figures, comic books, credit cards, condoms and the infamous Kiss Kasket.

But just in case you thought there was a marketing deal or alliance that Kiss had not formed, here is one that seems more of a no-brainer than some of the others.

The iconic rock group has unveiled a pact with MLB to launch baseball-themed apparel.

A collection of T-shirts, Play Ball with Kiss, will unite "the rock fashion sense of Kiss with the instantly recognizable logos" of a dozen MLB clubs. The logo features the group from its Dressed to Kill (1975) release but with the four guys in full makeup wearing the baseball uniforms from each respective team.

A second Kiss-themed apparel line, Locker Plate, which is said to be "inspired" by the Kiss classic, "Detroit Rock City," is scheduled to launch later this year.

Financial details were not disclosed.

"We are die-hard Major League Baseball fans, and it's a thrill for Kiss to be featured as MLB players from some of our favorite teams in this spectacular graphic artwork," Kiss' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons said in a statement. "We are ready to 'play ball,' with Kiss and MLB fans."

Details for supporting marketing were not shared.

The initial Play Ball with Kiss line will include T-shirts for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland A's,  Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates,  St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals,

At launch, the T-shirts will be available at MLB team stores, stadium gift shops, sports retailers and online at  MLB's Web site. The line will extend to mass market and mid-tier department stores later this year.

The deal was handled between Liquid Blue, a licensee of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., and Epic Rights, the global branding and merchandising company representing the merchandising, licensing, e-commerce and digital media interests for Kiss.
 
"This is a major cross-promotion combining rock 'n' roll and baseball — two all-time American favorites — that will be a home run with sports and other specialty retailers," Lisa Streff, svp-licensing for Epic Rights, said in a statement. "Play Ball with Kiss T-shirts from Liquid Blue deliver an edgy and authentic graphic interpretation of these iconic rock band members dressed as MLB team players."

Earlier this year, Kiss, celebrating its 40th anniversary, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League  also launched this year, with a supporting docu-series, 4th and Loud, debuting Tuesday night (Aug. 12) on AMC.

Kiss signed with Epic Rights this past March after leaving Live Nation Merchandise. Although the official Kiss goods cover a plethora of categories they do not include real or replica guns or tobacco-related products, according to the band.

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