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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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Santa Has A Bag Of Unusual Presents To Give Players For NBA Xmas On ESPN

By Barry Janoff

December 11, 2017: Christmas is a holiday, and the NBA is big on TV and social media on Christmas.

But is Xmas the official holiday of the NBA?

ESPN says so, and they get support from Santa — or, at least, their Santa, played by actor/comic/writer Jon Glaser — who gets some NBA stars to sit on his lap as part of ESPN’s humorous campaign to support Christmas Day coverage on ESPN and ABC.

The NBA has five nationally televised games on Dec. 25, with the lone non-Disney-owned network game on TNT (Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers).

This will be the 15th season that the NBA has five nationally televised games during Xmas and the fourth year of ESPN’s Santa campaign.

The new ESPN-ABC campaign features Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), John Wall and Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Nick Young (Golden State Warriors), J.R. Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers) and a guest appearance by Kristaps (The Unicorn) Porzingas of the New York Knicks.

The campaign was shot in Los Angeles back in September.

Lead agency is Funworks.

In the spots, Glaser as a somewhat mischievous Santa has unusual presents for his NBA guests.

In “A Gift for Ben Simmons,” to support the 76ers playing the Knicks, Santa offers the young 76ers star a stuffed unicorn, which is adored with a photo of Porzinas, making Simmons less than happy.

In his spot, Nick Young has several requests in anticipation of the Warriors playing the Cavaliers in a rematch of the last three NBA Finals: “A win. A triple-double would be great. At least 48 points. A clean block on LeBron. I would like you to take me to space.”

“Sounds fun,” says Santa. “We got you this ($25) gift card.”

Santa has one-of-a-kind items in a spot for the Washington Wizards backcourt duo of Wall and Beal: An ugly Xmas sweater for John Wall with the word “Alley” on it and one for Beal with the word “Oops.”

“I’m not not wearing a sweater with the word “Oops on it,” says Beal. Santa has an option: “How about the matching Oops underwear?”

In “John Wall Dreams of Breaking Ankles,” Wall has his own gift. He is eating a gingerbread man and starts by breaking one of its ankles..

In the spot with JR Smith, Santa wants to give Smith a new name. “Everyone knows why you are called X-Factor (for being unpredictable). Not everyone knows why you are JR . . . Jumpshot Ron! Jumpshot Ronald!”

“No,” corrects JR. “ It stands for Junior.”

“You don’t want to jazz that up? “ asks Santa, who gives Smith a big yawn.

The campaign will run through Christmas Day. Support includes Internet, social media and ESPN on-air mentions.

NBA Xmas National TV Schedule

• Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks ESPN Noon (ET)
• Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors ABC 3 PM (ET)
• Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics ABC 5:30 PM (ET)
• Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder ABC 8 PM (ET)
• Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

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