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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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Jul262013

Rookies Griner, Diggins, Delle Donne Drive Sales Of WNBA Jerseys, Merchandise

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2013: The WNBA has put its focus behind three top rookies this season, and the “3 to See” have come through on the court, in marketing and in merchandise sales.

First-year players Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury, Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky ranked first, second, and third, respectively. on the WNBA’s top-selling jerseys list, based on national merchandise sales including WNBAStore.com, since the start of the 2013 regular season.

The WNBA also said that ticket sales, TV and related marketing has improved at each of the three teams.

Unfortunately for the league, Griner and Delle Donne will not play in the All-Star Game on Saturday due to injuries, and Diggins was not voted on to the team. The game, to be played in the Mohegan Sun Arena, home venue of the Connecticut Sun, will air on ABC.

The league's roster of partners all will activate in one form all another. WNBA marquee partner Boost Mobile gets its name on the All-Star Game jersey front. Adidas gets its logo on the upper right jersey front.

Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx, who has held the No. 1 jersey spot for the past two seasons, placed fourth, the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker ranked fifth and Griner's teammate on the Mercury, Diana Turasi (pictured), was sixth. All three are in the All-Star Game.

Diggins’ popularity also helped the Shock claim the No. 1 position for the first time for team merchandise sales.

The team merchandise for Griner's Mercury and Delle Donne's Sky placed second and third, respectively. The remaining top five teams are the Washington Mystics (No. 4) and the 2012 top-selling Indiana Fever (No. 5).

Adidas is in its seventh season as the official on-court uniform and apparel provider for the WNBA. Marketing partners in the WNBA's 17th season include marquee partner Boost Mobile, adidas, American Express, BBVA Compass, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Coca-Cola, EA Sports, Gatorade, Jamba Juice, Nike, P&G's My Black is Beautiful, Sanofi, SAP, Spalding and State Farm.

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYER JERSEYS:
1. Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury
2. Skylar Diggins – Tulsa Shock
3. Elena Delle Donne – Chicago Sky
4. Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx
5. Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks
6. Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury
7. Seimone Augustus – Minnesota Lynx
8. Tamika Catchings – Indiana Fever
9. Nneka Ogwumlke – Los Angeles Sparks
10. Becky Hammon – San Antonio Silver Stars

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR TEAM MERCHANDISE:
1. Tulsa Shock
2. Chicago Sky
3. Phoenix Mercury
4. Washington Mystics
5. Indiana Fever

Source: WNBA

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