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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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Nov142013

NBA Thinking BIG With LeBron, Durant, Rose In 'Jingle Hoops' Holiday Effort

By Barry Janoff

November 14, 2013: The NBA has scheduled a slate of five games on national TV for Christmas Day, and six weeks out the league has already launched a campaign to support its programming blitz on ESPN and ABC.

No by coincidence, the multi-media marketing push also supports new NBA sleeved jersey shirts from adidas that players on all ten teams will wear on Dec. 25.

The sleeved jerseys, which were unveiled in limited use last season, are part of adidas' NBA “BIG Logo” Holiday Collection, which includes new warm-up jackets and shooting shirts with print graphics "inspired by knit holiday sweaters."

The campaign is anchored by a TV spot, "Jingle Hoops," in which six players whose teams will be in action on Christmas Day shoot basketballs through nets adorned with sleigh bells in order to play, One-Horse Open Sleigh," a variation of the holiday song, "Jingle Bells."

The spot features LeBorn James (Miami Heat), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Steve Nash (Los Angeles Lakers) and Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors). James ends the spot with an emphatic dunk, smiles and says, "Please tell me the camera was on!"

Each of the players is seen wearing the short-sleeved jerseys of their respective teams. (See the full spot here.)

d “Jingle Hoops” breaks this week during games across the league’s national broadcast partners, including ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, as well as its regional sports networks. The NBA said it would also air international versions of the spot in such key regions as China, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, and the Middle East.

Support includes Internet and social media destinations such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Last year, the NBA unveiled a “BIG Color” campaign for the holidays, with a TV spot in which five players, including Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, are seen dribbling basketballs to the holiday tune, "Carol of the Bells."

The league said that spot garnered more than eight million YouTube views. As happened with the 2012 spot, players seen in "Jingle Hoops" were shot at different locations and then mashed-up for the final version.

"Last season’s 'BIG Color' holiday campaign was an overwhelming success that grabbed fans' attention, and we wanted to find a way to top it,” Jamie Gallo, evp-marketing for the NBA, said in a statement. “This season, we’re back with the game’s biggest stars to deliver an engaging and festive sequence that creatively showcases our players' skills.”

The adidas NBA “BIG Logo” Holiday Collection is available at NBAStore.com, the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York and team retailers.

According to Sal LaRocca, the NBA's evp-global merchandising, “We worked closely with adidas to create an innovative new uniform design for our Christmas Day game. The BIG Logo collection will provide a unique look on-court and a variety of products for our fans."

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