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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.

KEEPING SCORE

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

BUY SELL

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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Aug172017

Serena Williams Highest-Paid Female Athlete, But Marketers Still Bank On Men

By Barry Janoff

August 16, 2017: Serena Williams has cemented her reputation as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, athlete on the sports landscape.

Williams was eight weeks pregnant when she won the Australian Open this past January, the 23rd of her Grand Slam titles, She didn’t reveal her pregnancy until after the event, which only added to her accomplishment.

Since then, videos have been posted on social media of her daily tennis workouts. She recently joined the board of directors for SurveyMonkey.

She is in new campaigns for Gatorade, Intel and Tempur-Pedic.

All of that puts her at No. 1 among the highest-paid female athletes in the world, taking in $27 million in winnings and endorsements between June 2016-June 2017, according to Forbes.

Despite not competing on the pro circuit since January, Williams was the highest listed woman among all athletes worldwide in an earlier Forbes list.

But that put her down at No. 51 overall, well behind a Top Five of Roger Federer ($58 million), LeBron James ($55 million), Phil Mickelson ($40 million) Tiger Woods ($37 million) and Ronaldo ($35 million).

In the new study, like Williams, tennis dominates, with eight women tennis players in the Top Ten in earnings.

Angelique Kerber is second ($12.6M total), followed by the only two women in the Top Ten not from tennis: race car driver Danica Patrick at No. 3 ($12 million total) and MMA-star-turned actress Ronda Rousey at No. 4 ($11 million total).

Serena’s sister, Venus, rounds out the Top Five ($10.5M total earnings).

The rest of the Top Ten are all from tennis: Garbille Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep.

The list includes women athletes who earned $6 million or more during the designated time.

Among those not making the earnings cut-off: tennis players Maria Sharapova (suspension) and Victoria Azarenka (pregnancy), skier Lindsey Vonn, members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, WNBA players and anyone in the LPGA.

By comparison, Beyoncé earned $106 million over the past year, second among worldwide celebrities and musicians behind Diddy ($130 million) and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling was third with $95 million, per Forbes.

Ellen DeGeneres ($77 million) and singer Adele ($69 million) were also among the Top 20 in earnings.

Williams, whose due-date is expected to coincide with the U.S. Open Grand Slam (Aug. 28-Sept. 10) said her goal is to return to the pro circuit in January to defend her Australian Open title.

"I’ve never had this time off before — or if I have I’ve been injured and it’s really different to be injured as opposed to be expecting," Williams said from her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, during a recent media conference call. "I’ve been really enjoying my time off and getting ready for this new massive chapter in my life."

Highest Paid Female Athletes 2017
(June 2016-June 2017)
1. Serena Williams Tennis $27M total $8M winnings
2. Angelique Kerber Tennis $12.6M total $7.6M winnings
3. Danica Patrick Race Car Driver $12M total $7.2M salary/winnings
4. Ronda Rousey MMA $11M total 48M salary/winnings
5. Venus Williams Tennis $10.5M total $3.5M winnings
SOURCE: FORBES

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