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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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Oct212017

Is Hummus Humorous? Is Zucchini Funny? NBA's Spurs Return With H*E*B Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 21, 2017: What do hummus, zucchini noodles, liquid detergent and skydiving have to do with the NBA?

Everything if you are the San Antonio Spurs.

In what has become an annual event — and a highly anticipated one throughout the NBA — members of the Spurs keep on their uniforms to appear in various humorous scenarios for supermarket chain H*E*B for the 13th year.

Six 30-second spots include LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay.

There also are appearances from Spurs legends Bruce Bowen, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson, who are part of the “H*E*B Spurs Retirement Club.”

H-E-B operates more than 390 stores in Texas and Mexico.

The company gets national attention from the spots due to the stars and the creative, from lead agency Richards Group, Dallas, which has received numerous awards.

“At H*E*B, we are really excited for our loyal customers and Spurs fans to see this year’s commercials, which have become fan favorites for more than ten years,”Cory Basso, H-E-B Group vp-marketing and advertising, said in a statement.

According to H*E*B, “This continued collaboration between H*E*B and Spurs Sports & Entertainment has led to community investment projects and provided Spurs fans and H*E*B customers with player appearances and fan appreciation events throughout the year.”

Support for spots includes Internet, social media, POP and in-arena in AT&T Center, the Spurs home venue.

H*E*B, a 111-year-old company with sales topping $23 billion, has a vested interest as a marketing partner with the team.

That includes the 7,300 square foot H-E-B FanZone in AT&T Center, which contains 56 LCD flat-screen TVs, pop-a-shot games, arena bowl view, a private bar and multiple catering stations.

Among this year’s spots:

New Experiences
Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay taste some new Primo Picks and wonder, “What else have we been missing?” They go skydiving, but Kawhi unexpectedly is the first to jump.

Zoodles
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are cooking in a kitchen “Did you know zucchini noodles are called “zoodles?” asks Parker. The discussion then leads to squash noodles could be “squoodles,” and potato noodles could be “patoodles”. Gasol, Aldridge and  Green walk in. They are renamed “Pauoodles Gazoodles” and “Lamoodles Aldooroodles” Green asks, So am I “Danoodles?” No,” says Parker, “you are Yankee Doodle Danny.”

Hummus Tasting
Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, The Coyote are tasting hummus as if it was wine. Gets into a discussion on how to pronounce hummus. “Hummuses? Haw-Moose?”

Retirement Club SRV
Spurs icons  Bruce Bowen, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson order food from H*E*B* then use the SRV — Spurs Retirement Vehicle, a large party bus driven by The Coyote — for curbside pickup.

Primo Pick-nic
The guys bring H*E*B Primo Picks to Tony’s 1st Annual H*E*B Primo Pick-Nic and each item makes Kawhi Leonard’s brain explode . . .  especially when LeMarcus Aldridge shows his bottle of laundry detergent. “Grass stains are no joke, man!”

El Primo Picks
In Hispanic

H*E*B said that people can vote for their favorite commercials at heb.com/spurs immediately following the Spurs game on Oct. 23 when all six commercials will be available to view.

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