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• Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the Professional Fighters League said the PFL playoff semi-final matches would be held in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 20.

• According to Bob Ley, ‘As of October 1 I'll be taking a six-month sabbatical from my Outside the Lines duties on ESPN. The idea of stepping back to re-charge is fully 100% mine, and one I've been considering for a while.’ Per ESPN: 'We completely support Bob’s decision and look forward to his return April 1.’

• Serena Williams will star in marketing for American Express relating to the U.S. Open to support new services such as the AmEx Band (contactless payment wristband) and an interactive tennis experience Super Rally, as well as the AmEx Fan Experience at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

• The planned move of MLS’ Columbus Crew club to Austin, Texas, received a major boost on Wednesday when the Austin City Council approved a deal to build a soccer stadium. Backers said the  venue could be ready for the 2020 MLS season.

• Walk This Way: Aerosmith has unveiled plans for headlining residency in Las Vegas, Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild. The first show is scheduled for April 6, 2019 in Park Theater, located in MGM Resorts International’s new Park MGM on the Vegas Strip. The residency is being promoted by Live Nation. There currently are18 dates scheduled for April-June-July 2019.

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Kia NBA Tip-Off 2018 (Oct. 16-21)

• Oct. 16: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (8 PM ET) TNT
• Oct. 16: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors 10:30 PM. ET). TNT

• Oct. 17: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Oct. 17: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns 10:30 PM  (ET) ESPN

• Oct. 18: Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8 PM. ET) TNT
• Oct. 18: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 PM ET) TNT

• Oct. 19: Boston Celtics vs.Toronto Raptors (8 PM ET) ESPN
• Oct. 19: Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz (10:30 PM ET) ESPN

• Oct. 20: Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards (7 PM. ET) NBA TV
• Oct. 20: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 PM ET) ESPN

• Oct. 21: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers (9 PM ET) NBA TV

NBA Christmas Day Schedule
• Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks 12 Noon (ET) ESPN
• Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets 3 PM (ET) ABC
• Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics 5:30 PM (ET) ABC
• Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz 10:30 PM (ET) ESPN

Martin Luther King Jr. Day    
• New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies 5:30 PM (ET) TNT
• Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers 8 PM (ET) TNT
• Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM (ET) TNT

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1. The Meg $44.5M
2. Mission Impossible - Fallout $20M
3. Christopher Robin $12.4M
4. Slenderman $11.3M
5. BlacKkKlansman $10.8M
6. The Spy Who Dumped Me $6.6M
7. Mama Mia! $5.8M
8. Equalizer 2 $5.5M
9. Hotel Transylvania 3 $5.1M
10. Ant-Man and The Wasp $4M

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Puma Deal With WNBA Builds Brand, Women’s Division, Hoops Strategy

By Barry Janoff

July 30, 2018: The summer of Puma continued this past weekend when the sports shoe and apparel company signed a deal to become a league-wide partner with the WNBA, its first alliance with a pro sports league.

Puma, which already counts WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith of the Dallas Wings as a brand endorser, is now able to use league’s trademarks and show WNBA players in their team uniforms in its marketing campaigns, even if they are wearing Puma kicks.

Financial terms of the alliance, which was unveiled during WNBA All-Star Game events in Minneapolis — during which Diggins-Smith wore new Puma kicks — were not shared.

Unlike Nike, adidas and Under Armour, Puma does not have a similar deal with the NBA, and is unable to show their NBA endorsers wearing their team uniforms.

The deal not only builds Puma’s hoops presence in the U.S., but greatly enhances its growth in women’s sports, entertainment and social activities.

Among the brand’s endorsers are Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, artist Shantell Martin, designer Sophia Webster and dancers of the New York City Ballet.

Gomez, Rihanna, Delevingne and Martin have stand-alone marketing campaigns.

Puma has an umbrella effort for its women’s division, “Do You.” (“They follow rules. You follow instinct. They have opinions. You know where to put them. They dream. You get the damn thing done. They follow the pack. You #DoYou.”)

“Puma not only has foresight, they are fearless trailblazers that walk the walk alongside their partners,” Diggins-Smith said in a statement.

“I’m proud to be part of a family and a brand that supports the WNBA and all the strength, independence, athleticism, individuality and feminism we represent.”

This past June, at the time of the NBA Draft, the brand made an extensive push by signing  No. 1 overall draft pick DeAndre Ayton and top picks Marvin Bagley, Zhaire Smith and Michael Porter Jr.

Puma has since added NBA veteran Rudy Gay and three-year pro Terry Rozier.

The company also reconnected with its roots by re-introducing Walt “Clyde” Frazier, who wore signature Puma’s during his Hall of Fame career, and brand spokesman, signing him to a lifetime contract and unveiling new Puma Clydes.

In other areas, Puma deals include U.S. soccer star Jose Altidore, AC Milan, the Senegal Football Assn., the Jamaican Women’s Bobsled Team and track-and-field icon Usain Bolt.

Musician and entrepreneur Jay-Z has been appointed as the creative director of Puma’s basketball operations.

Puma also signed on as an official partner for The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million winner-takes-all competition now in progress.

“This new class of athletes embody our vision for the category,” Bjørn Gulden, CEO for Puma, said in a statement.

“Their mix of on-court skills and off-court style align with what we are standing for. We are looking forward to working with them and are convinced they will make a big impact both for the Puma brand and for our basketball business.”

Just-released Q2 and six-month 2018 finances show that, for Puma, they are heading in the right direction,

According to Gulden, “The second quarter developed positively for us with sales growing organically 15% and EBIT increasing 33%. All regions and all product divisions posted double digit organic growth . . .

“The first six months of the year showed major shifts in product trends and consumer demand, especially for footwear. But we feel that our “fast attitude” and quick reaction time allowed us to continue our growth.

“We got very positive feedback to our plans of re-entering the basketball category and both — the announcements of our new NBA players and the revelation of the product — were well received from retailers and basketball fans.”

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