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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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Oct012016

For Reebok, The Skye’s The Limit In New Fitness Alliance With Star Workout Guru

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

September 30, 2016: As part of its ongoing strategy to establish itself in the fitness, endurance and exercise category, Reebok has signed a deal with Emily Skye be be a global ambassador for the brand.

Australian-born Skye is founder of the F.I.T fitness workout platform. She has more than 9.7 million likes on Facebook and another 110,000 on Twitter.

Reebok, a division of adidas, said Skye would the brand’s "Be More Human" umbrella campaign and tactic – “promoting the significance of physical, mental and social health to achieve our full potential.”

Skye joins a Reebok roster that includes former UFC champ Ronda Rousey and fitness and health expert Jennifer Widerstrom.

Reebok’s marketing partnership include UFC, CrossFit and Spartan Race Series.

Under terms of the deal, Skye will “spearhead a number of Reebok collaborations and initiatives to stimulate meaningful conversations on body positivity, shattering the perceptions of 'perfection' and inspiring self-betterment among women around the world.” 

In addition, Reebok said it would, for the first time, collaborate with Skye on a special footwear creation in 2017, “working directly with Emily and her fans around the world to 'crowd source' ideas and preferences for a brand new functional training shoe. “

Financial terms of the pact were not shared.

"Emily isn't only an inspiration to her millions of followers around the world — she's an inspiration to the very people that walk the hallways at Reebok every single day,” Steve Robaire, director, Reebok Instructor Marketing, said in a statement.

“She has an amazing story that typifies what our 'Be More Human' philosophy stands for: That enriching our lives through fitness can have a positive impact on our social and mental well being," said Robaire.

The Reebok Instructor Network includes more than  100,000 personal trainers situated worldwide, in which Skye “will play an important role in influencing the strategy, support and growth of this network in the future,”  per Reebok.

According to Skye, "Through fitness, I firmly believe every human has the potential to change for the better through the mind as well as the body.

"This synergy is the foundation of my partnership with Reebok who possess, cherish and exert the same values that motivate and inspire me every day," said Skye.

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