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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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Dec212017

Nash, Kidd, Allen, Hill, Hammon Among 1st Time Nominees For Hoops Hall Of Fame

By Barry Janoff

December 21, 2017: On the 126th birthday of the day that James Naismith conceived the game of basketball (Dec. 21, 1891), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released its list of nominees for the Class of 2018.

Due to a change in induction rules unveiled this week, players, referees and coaches are now allowed to become eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot after three full seasons of retirement, down one year from the previous four seasons.

The change enables players who last played during the 2013-14 NBA season to become eligible for the Class of ’18.

As such, the list includes NBA first-timers Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Chauncey Billups, Jason Kidd (pictured below), Grant Hill and Richard Hamilton.

From the WNBA the list of first-time eligible players includes Becky Hammon, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Valerie Still, who played only briefly with the Washington Mystics but left her mark at the University of Kentucky and WNBA predecessor American Basketball League.

Finalists for Class of 2018 will be unveiled during NBA All-Star Weekend in February in Los Angeles.

(See the full list of Class of 2018 nominees here.)

The entire Class of 2018 will be revealed during the Men’s NCAA Final Four this March in San Antonio. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Enshrinement festivities are scheduled to take place in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 6-8, 2018

According to John Doleva, president and CEO for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “By allowing players, coaches and referees to become eligible after three seasons of retirement, the Hall of Fame will be able to celebrate the best in the game at an opportune time with the fans who have supported them throughout their careers on the hardwood.”

A second reform to Hall of Fame eligibility requires coaches to have coached for 25 years and reached the minimum age of 60. This will allow the Honors Committee to evaluate a larger body of work for those coaches nominated.

This change will take effect in 2020, allowing a grace period for coaches who are nearing Hall of Fame eligibility based on previous standards.

Among the first-year nominees from the NBA and WNBA (in alphabetical order):

• Ray Allen: Two-time NBA champ (Boston Celtics, Miami Heat) and the NBA all-time leader in three-point field goals

•  Chauncey Billups: 2004 NBA champ and Finals MVP (Detroit Pistons), five-time all-star, 15.8k+ career points, 5.6k+ assists

• Becky Hammon: Current San Antonia Spurs assistant coach, six-time all-star, voted Top 15 all-time players in WNBA history

• Richard Hamilton: NBA champ 2004 (Detroit Pistons), 15.7k career points, 3.1k assists, 2.8k rebounds, NCAA 1999 champ and Final Four Most Outstanding Player (UConn)

• Grant Hill: NBA co-ROY 1995 (with Jason Kidd), seven-time all-star, 17k+ career points, 6.1k+ rebounds, 4.2k+ assists)

• Jason Kidd: Current Milwaukee Bucks head coach, co-ROY1995 (with Grant Hill), NBA champ 2011 (Dallas Mavericks), 10-time  All-Star five-time assists leader, two Olympic gold medals (2000, 2008)

• Steve Nash: Two-time NBA MVP with the Phoenix Suns, eight-time all-star, five-time NBA assists leader

• Katie Smith: Current head coach for the New York Liberty, two-time WNBA champ (Detroit Shock 2006, 2008), No. 4 among WNBA all-time scorers (6,452), three-time Olympic gold medal winner (2000, 2004, 2008)

• Valerie Still: All-time leading scorer in UKentucky history (men & women, 2,763), two-time ABL (pre-WNBA) champion and Finals Series MVP (Columbus Quest), member of WNBA Washington Mystics

• Tina Thompson: No. 2 WNBA all-time scorers (7,488), four-time WNBA champ (all with the Houston Comets), nine-time all-star.

See the full list of Class of 2018 nominees here.

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