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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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Thursday
Jan202011

Harris Poll: NFL Fans Sack MLB For Favorite Sport . . .  Again

January 20, 2011: Not only did the NFL draw record numbers to its TV broadcasts during the 2010 season, which it  continues to do during the playoff drive to Super Bowl XLV, but it continues to remain by far the most popular of all sports among U.S. fans.

More than three in ten Americans (31%) who follow at least one sport say pro football is their favorite sport while fewer than two in ten (17%) say baseball, according to a new survey from The Harris Poll. Although this is a narrowing of the gap from last year, when 35% of sports fans said pro football was their favorite sport and 16% said it was baseball, it marks the ninth consecutive Harris Poll (going back to 2002) in which pro football has had a double-digit lead over baseball. (See 2003-2010 chart below.)

According to the NFL, the 2010 season was the most-watched ever, attracting a record 207.7 million unique viewers. The trend has continued thus far during the playoffs, with the New York Jets-New England Patriots game on Jan. 16 attracting 43.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched divisional playoff game ever.

Soccer was aided only slightly by the playing of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. In the previous Harris Poll, 2% named men's soccer as their favorite sport. In the new survey, the total was 4%, still leaving soccer behind pro football and baseball, college football (12%), auto racing (7%) men's pro basketball (6%) and hockey (5%).

Regarding specific demographics, pro football was named as the favorite sport by African Americans (45%), Baby Boomers aged 46-64 (37%) and Easterners (34%), while those fewer people more likely to say pro football is their favorite sport among Echo Boomers ages 18-33 (23%), Hispanics (26%), and Midwesterners (26%).

For baseball, Matures ages 65 and older (21%), Hispanics (20%) and those with an education of high school or less (20%) cited it as their favorite sport.  African Americans (6%), those with some college education (12%) and Echo Boomers (13%) are least likely to say baseball is their favorite.

Overall, the Harris Poll has pinpointed some fluctuations in favorites over the past 25 years. Since the first such survey in 1985, pro football has gone up 7 points from 24% of sports fans saying it was their favorite sport then to 31% saying so now. Meanwhile, baseball has gone down 6 points from 23% in 1985 to 17% in the new survey.

Looking ahead, Harris anticipates that, based on past numbers, the popularity of pro football might not take much of a hit if there is a lockout due to problems with the owner-player CBA negotiations. As an example, the NHL shut down in 2004-05 but did not suffer in popularity among sports fans who participated in the survey.

The Harris Poll  was conducted among 2,331 adults surveyed online between Dec 6-13, 2010 by Harris Interactive.

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