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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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Videogame Category Sees Sales Blowin' In The Wind

September 14, 2009: Through August, retail sales of videogames had declined for six straight months, but a flurry of recent releases has the category believing that, if not smooth sailing, calmer waters are head. Madden NFL 10 was released  Aug. 14, then Guitar Hero 5 came on Sept. 1 and The Beatles: Rock Band dropped on Sept. 9.

Although sales of Madden 10 were down almost 19% versus Madden NFL '09 in 2008, Madden NFL 10 was the top-selling video game of August. EA Sports sold nearly 1.9 million copies of Madden, 10, which included figures for the Xbox 360 version (the month's best-seller with 928,000) and Madden for the PS3 (665,000), according to market research company The NPD Group, Port Washington, N.Y.

The Guitar Hero franchise had take in more than $2 billion in sales worldwide prior to the release of GH5. Sales from the week ending Sept. 5 put Guitar Hero 5 among the top five in various hardware categories. The list, from category sources, was: For Wii: Wii Sports Resport, Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii, GH5. For Xbox 360: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, GH5. For PlayStation: Batman'Arkam Asylum, Madden NFL 10, GH5.

Data from the week ending Sept. 10 saw The Beatles: Rock Band topping sales across multiple platforms, including Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, where The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition was No. 4. Sales for GH5 have already softened, as it was not among the Wii top 5, was  No. 4 on Xbox 360 and No. 5 on PlayStation 3.

Meanwhile, the ten best selling games on Amazon.com for the week ending Sept. 12 included Wii Sports Resort at No. 1, GH5 for Xbox 360 at No. 6, The Beatles for Xbox 360 No. 7, The Beatles for PS 3 No. 9; and GH 5 for PS 3 No. 10.

NPD Group reported a 16% decline to $909 million in overall U.S. retail sales of hardware, software and accessories through August. Sales of games fell 15% $470 million versus August 2008, and hardware sales fell 25% to $298 million.

But the industry annually looks toward Q4 and the holiday season as its strongest quarter, and figures would seem to predict that happening again in 2009. According to a new report from NPD Group, kids 12 years of age and younger account for 24% of videogame industry unit sales, while households with kids in this age group present comprise 45% of total industry dollar sales, In its study, "Kids & Cross-Entertainment Behaviors," NPD Group said that "with an average of 68 leisure hours each week, and the largest share of the kids leisure time pie going to entertainment, kids have a major influence on the games industry."

The study also shows that 57% of children 2-12 play videogames, and 62% of them use a computer. The outlook: "While it is a big market for games, this consumer segment is far from penetrated, representing an area for future industry expansion."

“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 53.4 million of them ages 12 and under in the U.S., accounting for 17% of the population," Anita Frazier, industry analyst for NPD Group, said in a statement. "Yet for many industries, games included, they account for a much larger portion of total sales. For the 12 months ending June 2009, this group of consumers comprised 24% of games industry unit sales. Tweens in particular are a highly involved group of consumers as 75% of this age group play video games and 81% are on the computer for non-homework related activities.”

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