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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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Fox Bolsters Super Bowl Coverage, Ads With Live Stream On Fox Sports Go

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

January 17, 2017: In what it is said would help create "the best possible experience for fans," Fox said it’s telecast of Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 would be bolstered by a live, non-authenticated stream of the NFL's Big Game on Fox Sports GO, the platform that streams all of Fox Sports’ live events and studio programming.

As part of the platform, Fox Sports said that for the first time, a live stream of the Super Bowl would include local advertisement integration.

For the Super Bowl broadcast, users "will not need to enter their pay TV credentials for viewing," per Fox Sports.

According to Fox Sports, "more than 170 Fox affiliates around the country have already committed to partnering with Fox Sports to program local digital ads." Participating affiliates will have access to the same ad inventory for both the linear and digital broadcasts of the game.

More than 110 million people expected to watch Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 from NRG Stadium in Houston, with 30-second national broadcast ads going for upward of $5 million, according to industry analysts.

"As part of the buildup to this year’s Super Bowl, we’re committed to creating the best possible experience for fans by dramatically expanding the ways and places in which they can watch the game," Eric Shanks, president, COO and executive producer for Fox Sports, said in a statement.

"Our pioneering collaboration with our affiliates to allow streaming local ad insertions will make commercials even more relevant for viewers and help make this year’s game even more of a personal experience for every fan.”

Fox Sports said that people nationwide would be able to stream the Super Bowl at FOXSportsGo.com via iOS, Android, Windows and Amazon tablets; or through such connected as Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and XBOX One.


Fox said that earlier this month it became the first network to offer live streaming of its primetime entertainment programming on a national basis with the relaunch of Fox Now Live in all 210 national markets. Fox Now Live also features digital ad insertion by local affiliates nationwide.

According to Brian Jones, evp and COO for Nexstar Broadcasting Group, and chairman for the Fox Affiliates Board of Governors, "We’re excited that this year’s Super Bowl will showcase the unique relationship of Fox and its local affiliates which allows us to collaborate on innovations such as this.

"An incredible 170 affiliates from all around the U.S., including 22 stations that Nexstar owns or provides services to, opted to participate in this first-of-its-kind digital ad insertion for the Super Bowl, allowing us to promote our local affiliate brands and reach viewers on a national scale. We look forward to more groundbreaking collaborations with Fox in the future," said Jones.

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