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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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Jan262015

At Super Bowl 49, Richard Sherman Gets The Disruptive Word Out With T-Mobile

By Barry Janoff
January 26, 2015: Richard Sherman already planned to have a presence in Phoenix with the Seattle Seahawks during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

Now, via a new deal with T-Mobile, that presence is being intensified. And he made his entrance by bus.

Sherman has signed a pact with the telecommunications company to appear in multi-media marketing, beginning with activations in and around the Super Bowl in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 1.

According to T-Mobile, the partnership began with "a very recent Twitter exchange between" Sherman and John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile US.

The unifying theme of the Sherman campaign is to "shake up the status quo" and "disrupt the game."

Although that doesn't literally mean disrupting the Super Bowl itself, T-Mobile said it would have a unique presence via three T-Mobile shuttle buses wrapped with Sherman's image, which will offer free rides between key locations.

T-Mobile, also based out of Seattle, said it would then support the alliance with print, digital, social media and outdoor.

A T-Mobile Data Stash Dash taking place this week, with clues being offered on Twitter to find goodies stashed away in Seattle (Jan. 28) and Glendale (Jan. 31), is offering prizes including Super Bowl tickets and hotel accommodations. (Full details here).
The push supports T-Mobile's current "Data Stash" effort.
Separately, T-Mobile unveiled a "Data Stash" commerical with Kim Kardashian. (See it here.)
Financial terms of the pact with Sherman, which runs through the 2015 NFL season, were not shared.
“Richard and I share the same philosophy – compete aggressively, shake up the status quo and most importantly, give it everything you’ve got . . . every time,” Legere said in a statement. “With that kind of alignment, this partnership just flat-out makes sense.”

Sherman also has deals with Oberto beef jerky, FanDuel and Neff sunglasses and headwear.

According to Sherman, “I like T-Mobile’s style. They tell it like it is and disrupt the game. That sounds familiar.”

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