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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

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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)

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Oct192009

Staples Signs Historic Naming Rights Deal With AEG For Lakers, Kings Venue

October 19, 2009: Sports and entertainment giant AEG said it has signed an historic deal with Staples giving the office supply company naming rights to Staples Center in perpetuity. Staples has had naming rights to the Los Angeles arena since in opened in 1999, when it signed a 20-year deal that reports put at $100 million. Financial terms for the new deal were not disclosed.

As part of Staples’ original agreement with AEG, the 10th year of the deal included an option for a naming rights extension. According to AEG, "This arrangement creates the first lifetime naming rights extension for a major-market arena."

Staples Center, which adjacent to AEG's L.A. Live multi-entertainment center, is the home of  the NBA defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings (which is owned by AEG) and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. The arena received global attention for the Michael Jackson memorial service, which was watched by more than 2 billion viewers worldwide.

“Staples has been a great partner since Day One,” Timothy Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG and Staples Center, said in a statement. “[Staples] had the vision to enter into a groundbreaking agreement 10 years ago, which has certainly paid off with a partnership to create an association with the most widely recognized venue in the world. This lifetime deal, with a leading global brand, will continue to be heralded as a great investment and one that will help secure the future of Staples Center as a world-class sports and entertainment destination.”

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or controls facilities or teams including:

Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA), Prudential Center (Newark, NJ), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), The Rose Garden (Portland, OR), WaMu Theatre (Seattle, WA), XL Center (Hartford, CT), El Rey Theatre (Hollywood, CA), Colosseum at Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, NV), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Rentschler Field (Hartford, CT), Nokia Theatre Times Square (NY), Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), Color Line Arena (Hamburg), The O2 (London),  the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Riptide (MLL), Manchester Monarchs (AHL), Reading Royals (ECHL) and Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS).

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