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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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Oct102017

Soccer Is Here: Heineken Reveals Meaning Of Mysterious MLS T-Shirt Message

By Barry Janoff

October 10, 2017: Heineken, an official partner with MLS, has been sending a message to people via words placed on T-shirts worn by fans during nationally televised MLS games on ESPN.

People may have seen and pondered over green T’s imprinted with such text as “invisible,” “thread,” “chant,” three guys wearing shirts that individually read “to,” “ge” and “there” or the even more cryptic “uhm.”

In a new spot, part of its ”Soccer Is Here" umbrella campaign, Heineken has the big reveal.

“A secret message was hidden in shirts appearing all over soccer broadcasts,” the ad, "The Invisible Thread," explains as we see shots of people wearing the green T-shirts. "Today, those shirts come together."

Placed in order, the message reads: ”There is an invisible thread that links us all. No matter if you are red or blue, American or Americano, champion or fan, young or . . . uhm . . . experienced, our love for this game unites us. And together we chant as one: Soccer is here."

The spot also reveals another secret: that there was an international star hidden among the fans.

David Villa, captain for the Spanish National Team and MLS New York City Football Club, is seen wearing a green T-shirt with the word "champion" emblazoned across the front.

"For decades Heineken has been one of the world's biggest fans of soccer, and our ultimate goal is to help fans get closer to the game than ever before," Rob Ryder, brand manager for Heineken USA, said in a statement.

"We live in very interesting times, so we wanted to bring fans together regardless of who you support and raise a glass to the dedicated soccer fans who have helped lift the beautiful game here in America, and worldwide,” said Ryder.

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup coming this summer, Heineken said that its ”Soccer Is Here" and the message it shared via MLS brings “some of the best that the sport has to offer directly to the game's passionate fans."

According to Heineken, “This is the brand's latest program, which recognizes that passion and puts it on full display, bringing people together around what many believe is the best sport in the world.”

The beer maker said it plans to continue to support soccer as it has "through key sponsorships of local and international leagues and tournaments, viewing parties for away games, and beer gardens at hundreds of matches over the years."

Lead agency is Publicis New York.

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