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• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis 2019 (Aug. 1-4 U.S. Bank Stadium, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC) has signed Wendy’s as an official sponsor, joining returning sponsors Harley-Davidson, Hotels.com, Monster Energy, Nexcare First Aid Products, Pacifico, SoFi and The Real Cost (FDA). Geico will again serve as the official music stage sponsor.

On-site activation in X Fest is provided by Marvel, Go RVing, US Marines, TINCUP Whiskey, TRIA, FloWater, Star Tribune, Shred Hate, 93X, The CW, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, MN United, City Pages, GO MN, iHeart Radio and Minnesota Wild.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Feb132019

History Repeats: Puma Signs As Official NBA Partner, Plans All-Star Activation

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2019: In 2018, sports footwear and athletic wear company Puma signed NBA rookies including Marvin Bagley III, Zhaire Smith, Michael Porter Jr., Kevin Knox and Deandre Ayton; and such veterans as DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Danny Green and Terry Rozier.

The also signed Hall of Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier, who represented the company during his playing days in the 1960s and 1970s, to a lifetime contract.

The company also signed on as the official shoe partner for the WNBA, its first alliance with a pro sports league. WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith already was on the Puma roster.

Puma has now officially signed with the NBA via a multi-year dealing naming it an official marketing partner of the league.

The move comes as the NBA is preparing for its 2019 All-Star Game and events in Charlotte (Feb. 15-17).

Financial terms of the NBA alliance were not shared.

With the official deal, Puma can now use its NBA spokesmen in their team uniforms and appear at official NBA events, including the All-Star Game and Draft.

Puma this week plans to drop a new line, Uproar, beginning with its Uproar Charlotte shoe (pictured below).

It will also have presence on the ground around All-Star Game weekend, including parties, sports and music events and activation with its NBA roster.

Bagley, Knox and Ayton are scheduled to play in the Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars Game (Feb. 15). Green is participating in the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest (Feb. 16).

“Puma played an important part in the early footwear culture of the NBA,” Dan Rossomondo, NBA svp-media and business development, said via the league.

“As Puma expands its presence in the basketball market with new player relationships and a new line of basketball sneakers, becoming an official footwear partner of the league was a natural next step to help amplify the brand’s return to the category.”

According to Puma, the official NBA alliance “fosters a relationship that will continue to accelerate the growth of Puma Hoops within the sport . . . The brand will be able to curate authentic and original content that will allow better story telling of the company and their athletes.

We are thrilled to partner with the NBA to bring Puma to the next level in our reentry to the basketball market,” Adam Petrick, global director of brand and marketing for Puma, said via the company.

“This partnership is a testament to the continued resurgence of Puma within the basketball industry.”

Puma was recently named a Top Ten Sports Marketer of the Year for 2018 by NYSportsJournalism and is now being considered for Grand Sports Marketer of the Year based on voting by the public-at-large.

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In 2018, Puma Hit The Ground (And Court) Running

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