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• Topps, the exclusive trading card partner of MLB, has named retired slugger David Ortiz as a spokesperson and Topps Now "lead scout." In this role, "Ortiz will work with the Topps team in picking the best moments of the MLB season and support Topps' initiatives throughout the year, including National Baseball Card Day."

• On Location Experiences, the official hospitality partner for the NFL, said that premium ticket and hospitality packages for Super Bowl LIII are now available for purchase at NFLOnLocation.com. Super Bowl LIII will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta on Feb. 3, 2019.  “Excitement for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta next year is already building, and we’re proud to be part of it,” said John Collins, CEO of On Location Experiences.

• Reebok has named Karen Reuther as global creative director. Reuther will head brand- and consumer-focused creative leadership across all design disciplines for Reebok, including working alongside product and marketing teams to deliver innovative, performance-led products for consumers across both fitness and lifestyle sides of the brand.  
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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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Feb282018

Dick’s Alters Gun Policies, Urges Politicians To ‘Enact Common Sense Reforms’

By Barry Janoff

February 28, 2018: Dick’s Sporting Goods currently has 721 locations in 47 states, more than 27,500 employees and revenue in excess of $7.9 billion.

So when the company does something across its entire portfolio, a lot of people take notice. If not, they should.

Beginning today, just two weeks after the tragedy in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 14 students and three staff members were killed by an intruder with an assault rifle, Dick’s Sporting Goods said it is committed to the following:

• We will no longer sell assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles. We had already removed them from all Dick’s stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but we will now remove them from sale at all 35 Field & Stream stores.

• We will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age.

• We will no longer sell high capacity magazines.

• We never have and never will sell bump stocks that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.

“We at Dick’s Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones,” Edward Stack, chairman and CEO for Pittsburgh, PA-based Dick’s wrote in a letter posted on the company’s Web site.

“But thoughts and prayers are not enough.

“We have tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and elsewhere in our country.

“We have heard you. The nation has heard you,” wrote Stack.

The action came on the same day (Feb. 28) that students were allowed to return to Stoneman Douglas for the first time since the events on Feb. 14. Members of the surviving student body thave been speaking out publicly about the need for stricter gun control and weapon sales.

The Stoneman Douglas incident followed the death of 58 people and wounding of more than 850 others by a man with assault weapons at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas this past October and the death of 26 people and wounding of 20 others in November during a shooting by an intruder with an assault weapon in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

It also comes as a growing number of companies have either cut alliances with or pulled back on benefits and discounts for the NRA.

Included are: Alamo Car Rental, Allied Van Lines, Delta, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, First National Bank of Omaha, Hertz, Lifelock, MetLife, National Car Rental, North American Van Line, Norton Antivirus, Paramount RX, SimpleSafe, Starkey, TrueCar and United Airlines.

Dick’s said it was moved to make changes in part by the fact that, according to Stack, “Following all of the rules and laws, we sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017. It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been.

“Clearly this indicates on so many levels that the systems in place are not effective to protect our kids and our citizens.

“We believe it’s time to do something about it.”

Dick’s is an official partner with the U.S. Olympic Committee and Team USA and is heavily involved in local communities and youth sports nationwide, in particular through its Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation: Sports Matter platform.

As such, it went far beyond in-store changes in its public statement.

According to Stack, “We implore our elected officials to enact common sense gun reform" and pass the following regulations:

• Ban assault-style firearms.

• Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21.

• Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks.

• Require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law.

• Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms.

• Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks.

“We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens,” wrote Stack. “But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America — our kids.

“We hope others join us in this effort to let our kids know that their pleas are being taken seriously. Some will say these steps can’t guarantee tragedies like Parkland will never happen again. They may be correct — but if common sense reform is enacted and even one life is saved, it will have been worth it.”

According to Stack, “We deeply believe that this country’s most precious gift is our children. They are our future. We must keep them safe.”

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