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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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Last Play At Candlestick Park Comes With Marketing, Merchandise, Memorabilia

By Barry Janoff

December 23, 2013: True to form, San Francisco is not going to let Candlestick Park fade to black without some protest.

Candlestick Park opened in 1960, built at cost of $32 million. The San Francisco 49ers played their first game their in 1971, but are schedule to move into the $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium for the 2014 NFL season.

It has been known as 3Com Park at Candlestick Point (1995-2002), San Francisco Stadium (2002-02) and Monster Park (2004-08). It's nickname is "The Stick."

The final regular season game the 49ers will play at Candlestick Park is tonight, Dec. 23, against the Atlanta Falcons,

The game is sold out, meaning more than 69,000 in attendance,  but will be seen nationally on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Those in attendance will be feted with in-stadium events and activations, and will leave with goodies including a pennant commemorating the "Final Regular Season Game at Candlestick Park," bags of Blue Diamond almonds and coupons for two free tacos from Jack in the Box.

SAP, which has become a founding partner at Levi's Stadium, has been hosting a Web site that recounts the greatest moments in Candlestick Park history.

A halftime show will utilize everyone the stadium, who will be given pre-designated color glow sticks to use for a light show.

And if buying habits remain true to form, the concession stands will be busy. According to the team, sold on average during a Niners game are: 18,750 hot dogs, 17,250 sodas, 6,600 hamburgers, 5,600 garlic fries, 3,750 bags of peanuts, and 1,750 ice cream bars

Although the Niners have appeared in six Super Bowls, winning five, the Big Game has never been played in Candlestick Park. The closest was Super Bowl XIX, when the 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins.

Levi's Stadium earlier this year was tapped to host the NFL's historic Super Bowl L, to be played in February 2016.

Among the other tidbits of information surrounding the end of the Candlestick Park era:

• Candlestick Park's address: 602 Jamestown Avenue.

The Beatles' final live tour concert took place there on Aug. 29, 1966.

• Several events are being planned for Candlestick Park before it is taken down, including races and concerts. Officials are trying to get Paul McCartney to play the last concert there.

• The stadium is scheduled to be replaced by a shopping mall.

• Seats from Candlestick Park will be sold for $795 a pair, with the proceeds going toward youth programs put on by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. The seats will be removed from the stadium in late 2014 or early 2015.

• Among the movies using Candlestick Park as a location include: Experiment in Terror (Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stephanie Powers, 1962), Freebie and the Bean (James Caan, Alan Arkin, 1973), The Enforcer (Clint Eastwood, 1976), Getting Even with Dad (Ted Danson, Macaulay Culkin, 1994), The Fan (Robert Di Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin 1996), A Smile Like Yours (1997), The Pursuit of Happyness (Will Smith, Jaden Smith, 2006) and Contagion (Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, 2011).

A Web site, powered by SAP (also a founding partner in Levi's Stadium), Facebook and Instagram destinations and a Twitter hash tag (#FarewellCandlestick) have been set up for people to share their Candlestick Park stories.

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