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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

BUY SELL

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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NHL Looks For Image Boost With Marketing Campaign For 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By Barry Janoff

April 3, 2013: The NHL has taken a lot of hits this year — many self-imposed, arising from the league's second lockout since 2005 — including the loss of 510 games (41% of the season) and the cancellation of such jewel events as the Winter Classic and All-Star Game and surrounding festivities.

But the NHL has a chance for public and marketing redemption with the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin April 30.

The league wants to tap into the unbounded energy exuded by loyal fans, and open the door for casual and non-hockey fans, with a multi-level campaign, "Because It's The Cup . . ." that also comes with the addendum, "It's Time." The push will be anchored by five TV spots that will air across NHL media partners, led by NBC and NBC Sports networks and NHL Network; and on Internet, with a heavy dose of social media at such destinations as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The campaign will build and expand on last year's initial installment of "Because It's The Cup." Lead agency is mono, Minneapolis.

According to the NHL, every game of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs will be televised in the U.S. for only the second time, as they were last year, through an agreement between the NHL and NBC. The four national networks are NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network.

Two spots break this week: "First Kiss" and "Get Weird," the former focusing on players and the latter on fans.

"First Kiss" shows NHL players in playoff action and focuses on those veterans and teams who spent years chasing, and ultimately catching (and kissing) the Stanley Cup. It comes with the text, "It's time for the first-kiss jitters."

Among those highlighted are the Pittsburgh Penguins (won the Stanley Cup in 2009, the team's first since 1992 and the first for Sidney Crosby), Chicago Blackhawks (won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the team's first since 1961), Boston Bruins (won the Stanley Cup in 2011, the team's first since 1972), and Los Angeles Kings (which in 2012 won the Stanley Cup for the first time). (See the full spot here.)

"Get Weird" shows the fanatical side of hockey's already excitable fans, including people in super hero costumes, with team logo tattoos on their shaved heads, wearing hard-to-define animal skins and hoisting the Stanley Cup (and faux versions of the Cup) in unusual places.

The spot is played out to the song lyrics, "H-O-C-K-E-Y. I'll love hockey till the day I die." (See the full spot here.)

The NHL said the other spots would break prior to the Stanley Cup playoffs and that all five would remain in rotation through the post-season.

Survey: NHL, Via Social Media, Rebooting With Fans, Marketing Partners

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