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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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NBA Marketers (And Denzel Washington) Ready To Play During The Finals

By Barry Janoff

May 23, 2018: We still are several games away from knowing which two of the NBA’s last four teams standing will make it to the 2018 Finals, but league partners are already up-and-running with activation for the upcoming championship.

Even before the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics settle matters for West and East bragging rights, such NBA partners as Nike, 2K, EA, Kia, New Era, State Farm, Anheuser-Busch, Tissot, Kaiser Permanente, Fanatics, Jack Daniel’s, Taco Bell, American Express, Gatorade, Kumho Tire, Kia, Mtn. Dew, Spaulding and Finals presenting partner YouTube TV are ready to unveil activation during The Finals or add elements to platforms that broke during the post-season.

Among the highlights, 2K will announce the cover athlete of NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition during the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV.

On June 9, EA will release a first-look trailer for NBA Live 19.

During the Finals, which begin May 31, presenting partner YouTube TV along with NBA and ESPN digital properties will create custom spots to air on ABC's broadcast of the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV.

YouTube TV will also be promoting a tune-in of the NBA Finals on ABC with YouTube TV to existing YouTube TV members and prospective members through YouTube and Google digital properties

The NBA will run a co-promotion with Sony Pictures for The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington (in theaters July 20).

Solo: A Star Wars Story promo spots with Dwyane Wade have been running throughout the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC/ESPN.

Nike, now in the first year of an eight-year, $1 billion deal as the league’s on-court apparel provider, will debut the official NBA Finals Championship Locker Room T-shirts.

In addition, Nike will produce a Game Theater Collection including new Nike Elite socks and on-court warm-up jackets and pants for Finals participants (which Nike said are different from Nike’s regular season gear).

New accessories also include New Era’s first official Locker Room Championship Cap for the NBA Finals and Wincraft producing the celebratory NBA Finals Championship towel.

For the first time, Fanatics produced the official Eastern and Western Conference Finals championship apparel.

Co-branded Jack Daniel’s/NBA Playoffs-themed table tents and posters have been featured at on-premise and off-premise retail locations across all 16 NBA Playoffs markets.

For the third consecutive season Taco Bell is running a “Steal A Game, Steal A Taco” promotion during the NBA Finals. If a road team “steals a win,” people nationwide will have the opportunity to “steal” a free Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell.

Taco Bell is currently airing a spot during the Conference Finals,. When a Finals game is stolen, Taco Bell will launch a redemption-focused spot, telling people when and where to "steal" their free taco. (Details here.)

American Express created NBA-themed “flip videos” that have posted on American Express’ social media channels during the NBA Playoffs on TNT and ESPN.

Kumho Tire launched a NBA spot featuring John Wall, "Every Second."

Kaiser Permanente launched a campaign with Steph Curry, "Wins and Losses."

ExxonMobil, presenting partner of the Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN, unveiled a spot with Anthony Davis and ran a Finals sweepstakes with a grand prize trip to the NBA Finals.

Budweiser and Tissot also ran sweeps offering a trip and tickets to a NBA Finals game.

Mtn Dew Kickstart’s “Closer than Courtside” promotion will conclude with the winner of the sweepstakes receiving the chance to sit courtside with Kevin Hart during an NBA Playoffs game.

Gatorade used Karl Anthony Towns’ and Jayson Tatum’s first NBA playoffs as an opportunity to give back to the sports community, with Gatorade making a $20,000 donation to a Gatorade Play It Forward Charity.

State Farm broke commercials with Chris Paul, James Harden and actor Oscar Nunez (State Farm Agent Cole Perez). State Farm also conducted "Cole’s Connection Challenge," a digital sweepstakes where fans were entered for a chance to win tickets to the 2018 NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV.

Nike’s “Champions Think 16” program continues with shoe launches from Nike Basketball, Nike Sportswear, Converse and Air Jordan that highlight key NBA Playoffs moments in history.

Among hoops shoe companies, shoe drops through the end of NBA Finals include:

• adidas Harden Vol. 2 “Lift Off”
• Converse Fast-Break “No Easy Buckets”
• Converse Star Player OX “Intangibles”
• Nike AF1 Low “Fo’, Fi’, Fo’”
• Air Jordan XI Low “Rook to Queen”
• Nike Sportswear Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
• Nike KD IV “Thunderstruck” (Warriors Colorway)
• Nike AF270 “Gold Standard”
• Air Jordan XIV
• Under Armour Curry Five

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