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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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Jul152016

DC, Warner Empower Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn Super Hero Girls Worldwide

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

July 14, 2016: People may be talking about "Pokémon Go," but there is another group of characters seeking to move up the awareness chain among the masses.

There is a lot of power in the likes of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee and Poison Ivy, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment intend to use their energy to empower girls around the world.

DC Super Hero Girls, a licensing program that launched exclusively in Target locations in March, is going global, with merchandise in more than 30 categories now expanding to more than 35 countries in such regions as Europe, the Middle East, Asia (EMEA), Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

According to Pam Lifford, president for Warner Bros. Consumer Products, "With our best-in-class licensees and partners, we’re excited to bring this girl-empowered program to fans around the world and allow them to imagine, aspire and be strong, brave and powerful."

The strategy mirrors one already employed by Disney, which has united its princesses under an umbrella marketing, merchandising and licensing effort.

Partners include Mattel, Random House Children’s Books, LEGO Group, Party City, Hallmark, American Greetings, Franco Manufacturing, Funko, Buffalo Games, Crayola and PEZ Candy.

Merchandise includes toys, games, apps, books, creative arts & crafts, costumes, stationery, comic books, graphic novels, scooters, skates, in-line skates, sleepwear, an apparel collection (including jackets, blouses, shorts and dresses), TV specials, made-for-video releases, animated webisodes and digital content.

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, is scheduled to be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Aug. 9 Digital HD and Aug. 23 on DVD

“We’re excited to bring DC Super Hero Girls to life and create an immersive world to help inspire young women like never before," Mary Ellen Thomas, vp-family & animation marketing for WBHE, said in a statement.

"These characters were developed with girls 6-12 in mind and will deliver epic story lines featuring strong females. It truly embraces and celebrates girls as they discover their own unique abilities," said Thomas.

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