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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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Nov082017

Visa Hits Winter Games With Collectible Payment Devices For Athletes, Fans

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 8, 2017: Visa, a top tier partner with the International Olympic Committee, is using its position as the exclusive payment technology provider for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games to launch three wearable payment devices.

Visa said it has created NFC (near field communication)-enabled payment gloves, commemorative stickers and Olympic pins that “allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure payments with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.”

During the Games, all three wearables will be available for purchase at  Visa vending machines in Olympic Superstores. Visa is implementing more than 1,000 NFC-enabled POP terminals across the Olympic Venue in South Korea.

The financial firm’s presence at the Games will also be felt though multi-platform marketing and via a global Team Visa, with U.S. athletes and icons including Jamie Anderson, Meryl Davis, Sarah Hendrickson, Gus Kenworthy, Chole Kim, Hilary Knight, Oksana Masters, Angela Ruggiero, Mikaela Shiffrin, Maggie Voisin, Charlie White and Davis Wise.

“We are looking forward to transforming the payment experience for everyone who attends the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang,” Iain Jamieson, Korea country manager for Visa, said in a statement. “At Visa, we have been working tirelessly to ensure all of the Olympic venues are equipped with the very latest payment capabilities to provide the best experience possible for all of our clients and guests.”

Visa said it worked with Lotte Card, the financial arm of South Korean-based retail giant Lotte Department Store, “to produce and make these new prepaid payment wearables available for purchase in Korea.

Stickers and pins can be purchased from Lotte Card’s customer centers in Korea and the Lotte Card Web site.

The sticker collection includes eight distinct designs including Soohorang — the official PyeongChang 2018 mascot — and the Korean flag. Four unique lapel pins will feature custom PyeongChang 2018 designs

According to Mikaela Shiffrin, “It is important to me, as a Winter Olympian, to work with a brand like Visa that not only supports a diverse group of athletes, but also enables an enhanced fan experience for those at to The Games. Olympic pins are always the most coveted collectibles, these Visa pins really up the ante.”

Visa Builds Global Team For Winter Games

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