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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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Nov192017

NFL Extends Games In Mexico Through 2021; Will Super Bowl, Expansion Follow?

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2017: Having the NFL play games in Mexico last season and this has been so invigorating for fans, politicians and marketers that the alliance has been extended.

Even as the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots were facing off in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on Sunday (Nov. 19), the league extended a partnership with Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism for the NFL Mexico Series with three additional regular season games, 2019-2021.

The current agreement covered games in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Back in 2005, the first NFL game in Mexico saw the San Francisco 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City in front of 103,467 people.

The Raiders played the Washington Redskins in Estadio Azteca in 2016, with more than 76,400 in attendance.

(Editor's note: Attendance was 77,357 for the game between the Patriots and Raiders, won by New England, 33-8.)

The NFL International Series in London began in 2007, with four games per season now on the schedule.

The NFL said that the agreement would be formalized by both parties at a later date, “at which time representatives of the parties will finalize the corresponding legal and administrative documents.”

Mexico City has been mentioned as a possible site for NFL international expansion and a potential Super Bowl, along with London.

Among other activation, the league has a Web site dedicated to fans in Mexico and has had an office in Mexico City for almost 20 years.

NFL held a Fan Fest in Zocalo Square Nov. 18-19, which included the Vince Lombardi Trophy, interactive games and sponsor activities, NFL merchandise, all 51 Super Bowl rings, photo opportunities and player autograph signings.

Sponsors included banking firm Banorte, CMDX (Mexico City), Dodge, Televise Network, Wilson and Visit Mexico Tourism.

MLB next season is playing regular season games in Mexico for the first time since 1999, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, with three games scheduled for May 4-6, 2018 in Estadio de Beisbol. MLB has also mentioned Mexico City as a possible expansion site.

Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism said the relationship with the NFL has “highlighted the importance of high impact sporting events for the promotion of Mexico’s tourism both nationally and internationally . . . (providing) economic benefits to Mexico City and the country as well, by supporting the tourism sector and offering our country a platform to be promoted internationally within the main markets that generate tourists.

“(This) has served as a platform to significantly boost the tourism industry in Mexico, with fans taking advantage of the opportunity to expand their trips and explore the country . . . (as) part of the strategies that are implemented within this sector to increase economic impact.” 

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