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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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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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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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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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Jun292017

Topgolf Swings Debut NBA Space In Atlanta's $193M Renovated Philips Arena

By Barry Janoff

June 29, 2017: Philips Arena, home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and WNBA Dream, is currently undergoing a $193 million renovation, with the new-look venue scheduled for completion in Fall 2018.

Among the new features will be an indoor golf location, thanks to Topgolf, a sports-entertainment destination that launched in the U.K. in 2000 by brothers Steve and Dave Jolliffe, and then swung over to the U.S. in 2005.

The company, which serves more than 13 million guests annually and boasts "the world's largest digital golf audience," said it is installing two Swing Suites in Philips, what Topgolf said would be its "first permanent amenity in a major sports arena.”

The Swing Suites will include two Topgolf simulators, lounge seating, HDTVs and food and beverage service.

"As we began to discuss transforming our arena into a premier sports and entertainment venue for next generation Atlantans, we realized there was no better potential partner than Topgolf," Steve Koonin, CEO for the Atlanta Hawks, said in a statement.

"They provide a one-of-a-kind experience that appeals to millennials and people of all ages. We are thrilled that they will have a home in our arena."

Topgolf currently has more than 30 locations nationwide, with its flagship destination in Las Vegas, plus three in the U.K. It is working on opening more than a dozen new sites, including two in Mexico and one in Australia.

Although its destinations are mostly in stand-alone facilities built or renovated by the company, Topgolf launched its first Swing Suite in a hotel — Houston’s Four Seasons (pictured left) — this past April, where it can be rented by the hour for groups of up to 15.

The locations in Philips Arena would mirror that footprint.

The Swing Suite will complement other new additions to the Philips Arena, including Zac Brown's Social Club, a restaurant under the auspices of Atlanta native and frontman for the Zac Brown Band; and The Swag Shop, a barber shop owned by Atlanta rap artist Killer Mike.

Philips Arena partners include Coca-Cola, Aaron’s, Bank of America, Kia, Kumho Tire, State Farm and UPS.

"How Topgolf has merged the premium experience of play, music, sports and dining into a social phenomenon is remarkable and aligns well with the vision for our arena,” said Kooning. "We are fortunate to have such talented and innovative partners to help us create a dynamic fan experience that is authentic and appealing to fans of all ages and tastes."

Topgolf debuted in Georgia in May 2014 with a 65,000-square-foot sports entertainment venue in Alpharetta. A second location opened in Atlanta Midtown in August 2015.

Topgolf said it employs more than 1,000 people locally.

According to Ron Powers, Topgolf Swing Suites president, "Topgolf is proud to partner with such a progressive organization as the Atlanta Hawks and contribute to developing a premium, high-tech, engaging arena experience for fans.

"Topgolf frequently hosts Atlanta Hawks players and executives at our venues in Alpharetta and Midtown, so the Topgolf Swing Suite will offer an authentic taste of the team culture," said Powers.

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