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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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Ronda Rousey, "The Rock" Help WWE Shatter Records, Bones At WrestleMania 31

By Barry Janoff

March 30, 2015: In February 2016, Levi's Stadium will be the site of the NFL's historic Super Bowl 50, anticipated to be one of the most watched and marketed sports events of all time.

But the bar for memorable events was raised a bit higher on Sunday when WWE's WrestleMania 31 took over the venue, not only setting an attendance record for the young stadium (which opened this past August as the home for the San Francisco 49ers) but also became the highest grossing live event in WWE history.

WWE said that WrestleMania 31 grossed $12.6 million, helped the WWE Network to surpass 1.3 million subscribers and tagged in as the fifth-highest attended WrestleMania event ever with a Levi's Stadium record 76,976 on-hand.

WrestleMania 31 was bolstered by the "unannounced" participation of UFC champion Ronda Rousey and wrestling icon (and Hollywood star) Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson. The pair took down their "arch rivals," Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, in a confrontation that continued what has been billed as an on-going feud, which the participants vowed would continue.

"The night: Historic. The moment: Electric. The Rock, Ronda & the WWE Universe: Magic. We're just gettin' started," Rousey wrote on her Twitter account.

“We are thrilled that WrestleMania 31 has set the standard for all future events held at Levi’s Stadium," John Saboor, WWE evp-Special Events, said in a statement. "None of this success would have been possible without the support of (Santa Clara) Mayor (Jamie) Matthews, (San Jose) Mayor (Sam) Liccardo and the San Francisco 49ers, as well as our public and private sector partners that worked tirelessly to support all of our regional WrestleMania Week activities."

The all-time WrestleMania attendance figure is 93,173, set at WrestleMania 3 in the Silverdome, in Pontiac, Michigan, on March 29, 1987.

That record could be broken at WrestleMania 32, scheduled for April 3, 2016, in AT&T Stadium, home for the Dallas Cowboys, which can fit some 105,000 (including standing room).

Levi Strauss & Co. paid $220 million for 20-year naming rights to the stadium, which in February was home to the NHL Coors Light outdoor Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings; and is the annual site of the college football Foster Farms Bowl game and until 2016 the site of the college football Pac-12 Championship Game.

WWE itself is on an expansion and marketing roll. A multi-platform campaign, "For The Hero In All Of Us," launched this month in conjunction with media partner NBCUniversal to reach core, casual and non-WWE fans alike.

WWE Network has unveiled a slate of programming also targeting core and casual fans, including Camp WWE, an animated comedy series in partnership with Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios that envisions WWE Superstars and Divas when they were kids at their favorite summer camp; and Swerved, a half hour reality series from Jeff Tremaine (Jackass, Bad Grandpa).

The 1.3 million WWE Network subscribers represent a 97% increase from April 7, 2014 (the day after WrestleMania 30) and a 31% increase since Jan. 27, when the network surpassed the one million subscriber milestone, according to WWE.

According to Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, We believe that exceeding 1.3 million subscribers reflects the successful execution of our strategy and puts us on the path to transformative growth through WWE Network. We remain focused on driving subscriber value by delivering the most compelling user experience and new content."

WWE this month also became an official sponsor of the Special Olympics World Games, scheduled for Los Angeles this summer.

Top Ten All-Time Attendance Records at WrestleMania

1. 93,173: WrestleMania 3, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, March 29, 1987

2. 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2013

3. 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, April 1, 2007

4. 78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, April 1, 2012

5. 76,976: WrestleMania 31, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, March 29, 2015

6. 75,167: WrestleMania 30, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 6, 2014

7. 74,635: WrestleMania 24, Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida, March 30, 2008

8. 72,744: WrestleMania 25, Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas, April 5, 2009

9. 72,219: WrestleMania 26, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, March 28, 2010

10. 71,617: WrestleMania 27, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, April 3, 2011

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

WWE, NBCU Tag-Team For "Hero In All Of Us" Campaign

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