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• NBC Sports Nascar analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy, an interior designer, "will transform a dilapidated 150-year-old historic home in Key West, Fla., into a gorgeous coastal retreat" in DIY Network’s new series, Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy. The four-episode series premieres Saturday, June 2.

• The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier announced a new special exhibition, “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11,” which explores how “sports and athletes helped to unite the country, console a grieving nation and give us a reason to cheer again following the 2001 attacks.” Opens June 27. Details here.

• Athletes First, a sports agency that represents such athletes as Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthew, Nick Foles, Josh Norman, Jamaal Charles and Deshaun Watson; and coaches including Jason Garrett and Urban Meyer, is launching Athletes First Partners (A1P), an international sales and marketing services company.

A1P's said its first client is Think450, the for-profit subsidiary of the National Basketball Players Assn., for which it would “help monetize collective sponsorship, licensing and content opportunities” on behalf of the 450 professional NBA players the Union represents.

Athletes First co-founder and president Brian Murphy will serve as CEO of A1P. Former NFL and Nascar executive Jim O'Connell will be president. Full story here.

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Top Selling NBA Footwear
1. LeBron James Nike
2. Under Armour Footwear
3. Chris Paul Nike Jordan
4. Kevin Durant Nike
5. Converse Shoes
6. Slide Sandals
7. Carmelo Anthony Nike Jordan
8. Stephen Curry Under Armour
9. Jordan Shoes
10. Stance Socks

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1. A Quiet Place $22M
2. Rampage $21M
3. I Feel Pretty $16.2M
4. Super Troopers 2 $14.7M
5. Blumhouse's Truth or Dare $7.9M
6. Ready Player One $7.5M
7. Blockers $6.9M
8. Black Panther $4.6M
9. Traffik $3.9M
10. Isle of Dogs $3.4M
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Monday
Jun152009

Nike, General Mills, adidas Fast-Break Championship Lakers To Market

June 15, 2009: Nike, General Mills and adidas were quickest to the draw to help the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate the team's 2009 finals victory over the Orlando Magic, while the NHL ramped up more than 100 items to celebrate the Pittsburgh Penguins defeating the Detroit Red Wings to win the 2009 Stanley Cup. The sweat was still evident on NBA finals MVP Kobe Bryant's face when ABC ran a Nike spot from the "Most Valuable Puppets" series which, although not stating that Bryant and the Lakers had won the title, had the LeBron James puppet shouting, "It's Kobe time!" The spot, "Quickness," has James asking Bryant to prove how fast he is, with Kobe accomplishing several tests of speed and, ultimately, appearing to be in two places at once. Immediately after the buzzer sounded on the Lakers 99-86 Game 5 victory, a spot ran on ABC touting adidas goods at www.NBAstore.com as the destination for a Lakers NBA championship package: T-shirt, cap, towel, DVD for 79.99. And soon there after, General Mills was out with the news of a Wheaties box that will arrive at retail in July to honor the Lakers. The 15.6-oz box will include head coach Phil jackson, Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, Trevor Ariza and other members of the squad.

Meanwhile, NHL.com was up and running with Penguins championship gear, touting "over 100 championship items to choose from, including T-shirts, hats, pucks, magnets and a Sidney Crosby bobblehead. And the Pittsburgh Fan, a Pittsburgh-based retailer of licensed products for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates, unveiled Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup Champions merchandise on Friday night. Merchandise is available to purchase immediately at www.ThePittsburghFan.com, and will be available at their retail store, located across from PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

 

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