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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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Nov162017

NBA Offering Fans Goodies, Collectibles With 'Courtside' Sports Crate Alliance

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 16, 2017: This past March, Sports Crate, the division of Loot Crate that focuses on sending subscribers unique and collectible sports items, signed on as the official subscription box for MLB with Diamond Crates.

Sports Crate has now added an exclusive deal with the NBA to send Courtside Crates to subscribers. containing such items as apparel, collectibles, products and experiences .

The alliance initially features 13 NBA teams.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Sport Crate said its bi-monthly NBA Courtside Crate teams include the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs.

Sports Crate has partnerships with brands including Stance, ’47, Mitchell & Ness and Tervis. Items are not limited to these companies.

Experiences include tickets to games and meet-and-greets with players, as well as “special offers from the NBA” and partners with each respective team.

"NBA Sports Crate brings you closer to the game, the team and the players you love to watch, because ball is life," Chris Davis, CEO for Los Angeles-based Loot Crate, said in a statement.

"Fans who sign up for this service will get more than just exciting products sent to their homes, an NBA Courtside Crate is an entire fan experience in a box."

According to the company, “Sports Crates are sold individually, in a three-crate series, or as a six-crate season pass. NBA Courtside Crates are now available now on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to ensure their collectability.” (Shipping is scheduled to begin Dec. 28.)

Loot Crate, founded in 2012, contains unique items from movies, TV and other entertainment venues.

Partner brands include Halo, Marvel,, Harry Potter, Minecraft, Nickelodeon, Sanrio, WWE, Cartoon Network and Overwatch.

Loot Crate Steps Up To The Plate With MLB

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