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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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May262015

Fox Sports, Marketers Ready To Kick Some Grass In 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

By Barry Janoff

May 26, 2015: In 2011, Fox Sports Media Group secured the exclusive U.S. English-language rights to broadcast the FIFA World Cup, outbidding incumbent ESPN and other interested parties.

The impact of that deal kicks in next month when Fox Sports will cover the FIFA Women's World Cup, taking place in six cities across Canada between June 6 and July 5.

The deal with FIFA, which initially covered World Cups through 2022 — 2018 Men's World Cup in Russia and 2022 Men's World Cup in Qatar, as well as the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups and other FIFA events — last May was extend by FIFA through the 2026 Men's World Cup.

Fox Sports paid some $425 million for the initial deal, according to industry analysts,

NBCUniversal’s Telemundo paid $600 million for the U.S. Spanish TV rights.

In Germany in 2011, Japan defeated the U.S. for the Women's title. That game on ESPN attracted more than 13.4 million viewers in the U.S., second only to the 17.9 million who viewed the 1999 Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and China, according to ESPN.

Those numbers are strong when compared to the Men's World Cup. The 2010 Men’s World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain on ESPN sibling ABC was watched by 15.6 million, and the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina was seen on ABC by 17.3 million people.

That is exactly what networks and marketing partners for the U.S. Women's National Team want to hear.

Fox Sports said it plans the "most expansive and comprehensive multi-platform coverage ever" of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including 16 matches airing live on the Fox broadcast network (Fox, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2. All games will also be available on tablets and mobile devices via the Fox Sports GO app and online at FOXSportsGO.com.

That gives plenty of space and airtime for official U.S. Soccer marketing partners to activate. That list includes AT&T, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Century 21, Chevrolet, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Continental Tire, Coppertone, Degree, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, Mondelez and Nike.

Also expect to see multi-media marketing from official FIFA global partners such as adidas, Coca-Cola, Hyundai-Kia Motors and Visa.

Among other plans, FIFA is working with its partners to create on-site Fan Zones in all six official host cities: Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg, site of the Finals.

A number of team members also have their own portfolio of marketing partners.

Adidas athletes include Becky Sauerbrunn, Morgan Brian, Lori Chalupny, Heather O’Reilly and Christie Rampone

Nike athletes include Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Sydney Lerous, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.

Included among the other endorsements deals:

Tobin Heath: Glukos energy foods
Sydney Leroux: BodyArmor (pictured above), Beats by Dre
Alex Morgan: Mondelez (Ritz, Oreo, Chips Ahoy), McDonald's, ChapStick, Coca-Cola, Panasonic
Kelley O'Hara: Coopertone (pictured below, see TV spot here), Built With Chocolate Milk, Under Armour
Christen Press: Coppertone
Hope Solo: HyperIce
Abby Wambach: Gatorade, Panasonic

The cover of the new ESPN the Magazine features Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach.

Solo's public image has taken a downturn of late due to her personal association with domestic violence issues, but could make a comeback if she comes through as one of the team's heroes. 

Mondelez, the official snacks partner for U.S. Soccer, launched in conjunction with the 2014 Men's World Cup a #PassTheLove campaign using its products and media assets to encourage fans to send message of support. Mondelez has expand that effort for the Women's World Cup using Morgan as a spokesperson.

According to Stephen Chriss, senior director, North America consumer engagement and marketing services for Mondel─ôz International, “Our #PassTheLove campaign proves the power of soccer to help our brands score with consumers, and we plan to make this year even bigger.”

Nike will support with a "No Maybe's" campaign, which Martin Lotti, the company's global creative director for soccer, told Bloomberg, "We truly see as a great opportunity for the women's business."

Seeking its first Women's World Cup title since 1999, the U.S. Women's National Team will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D opening round.

Fox Sports has launched national marketing, tapping into all of its assets. Earlier this month, for example, Morgan, Wambach and Christen Press were seen as animated characters in an episode of The Simpsons.

According to Robert Gottlieb, evp-marketing for Fox Sports, “The Women’s World Cup is going to be a truly cultural event in the U.S. beginning next month, and this partnership with The Simpsons and Gracie Films is one of several examples of how elements of 21st Century Fox have worked together in creative ways to promote this huge tournament.”

(Originally published by MediaPost)

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