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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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Mar052015

MLS Taking Fans To Magic Kingdom With Disney World Resort Partnership

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 4, 2015: The self-proclaimed and world-renowned Magic Kingdom is adding some soccer to its entertainment program, with Walt Disney World Resort signing a multi-year deal naming it a founding spinor for the Orlando City Soccer Club.

The expansion Orlando City club is scheduled to make its official Major League Soccer debut this weekend when MLS kicks off its 20th season, with Orlando host fellow expansion club New York City FC.

Under terms of the alliance, Walt Disney World Resort is now the official theme park and resort destination of Orlando City Soccer Club, Disney Cruise Line becomes the official cruise line of the team and Disney Vacation Club becomes the official vacation club.

Disney World plans to support with multi-layered marketing and activations, including signage in the Orlando Citrus Bowl (the team's home venue until it moves into a new downtown stadium now under construction, in 2016), in-game fan experiences, local press, Internet and social media.

Concurrently, the Orlando City Soccer Club will collaborate with Walt Disney World Resort "on a range of soccer events" at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Disney and Orlando City Soccer said the alliance would "help bolster Orlando’s and Walt Disney World Resort’s profile in key travel markets, such as Brazil (site of the 2016 Summer Olympics) and other Latin American countries."

“Over 60 million tourists visited Orlando last year . . . There’s a natural synergy here to showcase all the wonder that is the City Beautiful."

“Over 60 million tourists visited Orlando last year — with many coming from Brazil," Phil Rawlins, president and founder for Orlando City Soccer Club, said in a statement. "There’s a natural synergy here to showcase all the wonder that is the City Beautiful."

Other marketing partners for Orlando City include jersey sponsor Orlando Health, Heineken, Panasonic, Subway, Papa John's, Publix Super Markets and adidas.

According to Rawlins, "This collaboration further strengthens the existing bond between the two Orlandos – the one known around the world as Disney theme parks and the metropolitan, vibrant growing downtown represented by Purple Pride . . . We also look forward to jointly hosting additional high-profile soccer events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney through this relationship to the benefit of our fans, our community and the region.”

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