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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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Nov082017

NBA On TNT Games Getting Even More Real With Intel True VR Technology

By Barry Janoff

November 7, 2017: Having already signed deals with MLB, NCAA and the International Olympic Committee, Intel has now joined with Turner Sports to become the exclusive provider of Virtual Reality for the NBA on TNT to “deliver live content for marquee match-ups.”

In addition, Intel will align with the NBA to become an authorized provider of virtual reality and 360-degree volumetric video with Intel freeD technology for official NBA broadcast partners globally.

The deal with Turner Sports will begin this February at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, which will be broadcast on TNT.

Financial terms of the multi-year deal were not shared.

“Intel is working with leagues and sports organizations all over the world to develop and deliver the most cutting-edge immersive media experiences that will make sports more engaging for the next generation of fans,” James Carwana, vp and GM for Intel Sports, said in a statement.

“This unique partnership with the NBA will enable us to work with official league broadcasters, including Turner Sports, to take their broadcasts to an unprecedented level and create new ways to immerse viewers in the game,” said Carwana.

Intel True VR technology will provide viewers of the NBA on TNT with a “lifelike virtual reality experience that allows users to choose multiple camera angles. Intel can also integrate 360-degree volumetric video into the virtual reality experience using Intel freeD technology.”

Every VR game experience will be available through the soon to be released NBA on TNT VR app on Samsung GearVR and Google Daydream headsets for download via the Oculus and Google Play stores.

Intel worked with the NCAA to provide hoops fans with its True VR technology earlier this year during March Madness.

In June, Intel began a three-year partnership with MLB to deliver live and on-demand virtual reality experiences to baseball fans.

Earlier this month, as part of its top tier partnership with the IOC, Intel said it would oversee the Intel Extreme Masters PyeongChang eSports tournament gaming experiences as part of the Winter Games in South Korea.

As part of its new NBA alliance, Intel said it would offer 360-degree volumetric video global league broadcast partners.

Looking ahead, Intel said it plans to integrate Intel freeD technology into the virtual reality experience “to enable fans to freeze a moment of game action and view it from the player’s point of view as if they were on the court.”

The technology can also be incorporated into game broadcasts allowing commentators to pause key moments in the game and view the action in 3D from any angle, according to Intel.

According to Will Funk, evp-property marketing and corporate partnerships for Turner Sports, “Turner Sports and Turner Ignite Sports have been at the forefront of delivering thrilling new experiences to fans. This unprecedented partnership, with Turner Sports as the first NBA broadcast partner to offer the latest Intel VR technology, does just that.”

MLB, Intel Form Alliance For VR, Live-Stream Games

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