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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Sep072012

Mad Men: Green Bay Packers Continue To Rack Up Endorsement Deals

By Barry Janoff

September 6, 2012: If you are not a fan of the Green Bay Packers, you not only will have to avoid their games on national TV, but several commercials that air during NFL broadcasts, as well.

The Packers, located in one of the NFL's smallest markets, remain a favorite team on Madison Avenue. The latest example: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews joins teammates Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings as members of the team who have new national endorsements that coincide with the start of the 2012 NFL season.

Matthews takes the lead in a campaign Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor. Rodgers will appear in a national campaign for Pizza Hut supporting the "Big Dinner Box." And Jennings is the new spokesperson for Old Spice in an off-beat marketing push, "Believing in Your Smellf."

Rodgers, who was MVP of Super Bowl XLV when the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, also stars in commercials for State Farm touting the "Discount Double Check," one of which featured Matthews. Both Gillette and Old Spice are divisions of Procter & Gamble, which, like State Farm, is an official marketing partner of the NFL.

Gillette said it teamed with Matthews to support a campaign for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor, which "provides incredible comfort even against the grain [and] Matthews has succeeded by going against the grain of conventional wisdom throughout his football career."

A 30-second TV commercial with Matthews is scheduled to break in October "that captures Matthews challenging the status quo both on and off the field," according to Gillette. Matthews will also appear in digital ads and POP.

Prior to that, Matthews and Gillette will engage consumers by encouraging them to post pictures of their best imitation of Matthews’ “Predator pose” on the brand’s Facebook page. For each photo submitted, Gillette said it would donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Gillette said it's goal is  to make a $100,000 donation. (Full details here.)

In a promo spot for the activation, Matthews said he would be checking the site "to see who can best capture my pose. Let's see what you got . . . or you might end up on the wrong end of the pose."

“Through his dedication and persistence both on and off the field, Clay embodies what it means to go against the grain and create your own path,” Elliott Wilke, brand manager for Gillette, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the Gillette family, and are excited to work with him to celebrate the passion of NFL fans this season.”

According to Matthews, “I’m pumped to be partnering with Gillette. I know the NFL has the best fans in sports and I can’t wait to see if any of their ‘Predator poses’ can rival mine.”

Green Bay WR Greg Jennings The New Old Spice Guy

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