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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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Jul202017

Misty Copeland Leads Strong Women In Under Armour 'Unlike Any' Campaign

By Barry Janoff

July 19, 2017: In its on-going quest to be the sports footwear and apparel company of popular choice but with an attitude that separates itself from its category rivals, Under Armour lhas aunched a global marketing campaign, "Unlike Any."

The multi-platform effort, under the brand’s umbrella I Will tag, features women who are leaders and/or face challenges and handle them with strength, determination and beauty.

The roster includes Under Armour veteran spokeswoman Misty Copeland,  principal ballerina  for the American Ballet Theatre; Harlem Run Crew founder Alison Désir; world champion sprinter Natasha Hastings; and two new brand spokeswomen: professional stuntwoman Jessie Graff, and Chinese taekwondo champion and actress Zoe Zhang (Lanxin Zhang).

A spot featuring champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn will premiere in Fall 2017.

Paraplympic athlete Fleur Jong stars in a spot under the title, "Unwavering Will."

According to Under Armour, "To portray these women as Unlike Any, (we) captured 360-degree rotations of their athleticism from every angle, paying homage to the movements that have driven their incredible achievements."

Each of their stories "takes form in a set of tributes — poetry crafted specifically for each athlete at the peak of their performance — from spoken word artists who were inspired to craft a lyrical work in honor of each athlete’s story and transcendent ability," per Under Armour.

The campaign, to support the company’s Fall / Winter 2017 women’s collection, will see significant activation in U.S., Europe and China, as well as other Under Armour markets.

The effort will include more than 200 pieces of content for TV, digital and social platforms and POP. Under Armour said it is working with such media partners as Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Snapchat, Refinery29, Well + Good, Soundcloud, iTunes and Google Play to reach consumers.

Lead agency is Droga5.

"We’ve built the women’s category at Under Armour on a foundation of innovative products and storytelling that champions her athletic performance,” Pam Catlett, sip and GM for Women’s at Under Armour, said in a statement.

“We will continue to break new ground with our women’s business by consistently recognizing the ways in which women are re-defining the athletic experience and by creating great product that meets her evolving needs."

In Misty’s creative, we see her dancing and moving with words by Saul Williams. "The systemic structure built to keep me in place is the stage I dance on. Black. And woman. Mothership. My mother’s hips beheld deep space. Astronaut of corporal grace."

Stuntwoman Jessie Graff seems to defy gravity in her spot, with words by Kojey Radical. "I want to know what it feels like to leap from cloud to cloud and not look down once. I want to know how you skip across the stars and use the moon as a landing mode.I looked onwards in awe and said, ‘Teach me. Teach me to fly through the air like the first flight of Pegasus."

Each spot ends with the line, "Remind me what it’s like to to be unlike any."

According to Adrienne Lofton, svp-global brand management, for Under Armour, "Each of our athletes in this campaign have shattered expectations and challenged the status quo on their respective playing fields. For ‘Unlike Any’, we set out to celebrate and elevate our athletes to where they belong – above gender roles, above labels, and above convention.

"Our unique approach was to create these unexpected films that honor our athletes with powerful poems from the hearts and minds of some of the most thought-provoking artists in the world. Our brand aims to inspire women everywhere to continue making history in their own lives and this campaign is a reminder that we stand for and with her," said Lofton.

Under Armour "Unlike Any"

Misty Copeland

Jessie Graff

Natasha Hastings

Allison Désir

Zoe Zhang

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