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• The NHL has signed a deal naming Jägermeister the “official shot” for the league, supported by multi-platform activation at the league level — including such jewels events as the Bridgestone Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Weekend and Stanley Cup Playoffs — and club level alliances. According to Chris Peddy, U.S. CMO for Mast-Jägermeister, via the brand, "As the official ice cold shot of the NHL, our fans will enjoy the ice cold herbal liqueur they love with the unparalleled experience of the NHL."

• Via the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets: ”As part of the Charlotte Hornets' continued effort to assist residents of the Carolinas who have suffered due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence, Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan is donating $2 million to organizations aiding in the relief and recovery efforts. Jordan is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.”

• MLB’s Baltimore Orioles at their home game Tuesday during National Federation for the Blind Night in Oriole Park at Camden Yards became the first pro sports team in the U.S. to wear jerseys with Braille lettering (for the team name on the front, the player’s name on the back).

• Per AP: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement today that their respective countries plan to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. Germany, Australia, Indonesia and India also are among those having expressed interest in hosting the Games that year.

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Top 10 Universities Ranked by Total Football Revenue (per Forbes)

1. Texas A&M: $148M
2. Texas: $133M
3. Michigan: $127M

3. Alabama: $127M
5. Ohio State: $120M

6. Oklahoma: $118M

7. Notre Dame: $112M

7. Auburn: $112M
7. LSU: $112M 

10. Florida: $111M

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1 The Predator $24M
2. The Nun $18.2M
3. A Simple Favor $16.1M
4. White Boy Rick $8.8M
5. Crazy Rich Asians $8.7M
6. Peppermint $6.1M
7. The Meg $3.8M
8. Searching $3.2M
9. Unbroken $2.4M 
10. Mission Impossible – Fallout $2.3M

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Apr192018

Tom Brady, Eagles Drive Sales In NFL $1.65B Licensed Merchandise Category

By Barry Janoff

April 19, 2018: Tom Brady is not only good at throwing footballs, he’s good at moving merchandise.

For the second time in three years, the quarterback for the New England Patriots started and ended the 2017 season No. 1 on the Top 50 Player Sales List as compiled by the NFL Players Assn., a position he also held for the 2015 season.

In 2016, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys became the first rookie to finish the year atop the NFLPA full-season sales list.

For the fourth consecutive year, NFLPA licensees generated record retail sales, exceeding $1.65 billion during the year.

The list is based on total sales of officially licensed NFL player-identified merchandise, tracking year-end results from March 1, 2017- Feb. 28, 2018.

This year’s Top Ten had six quarterbacks among the group, led by Brady, No. 2 Dak Prescott (Cowboys), No. 3 Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles), No. 6 Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), No. 8 Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) and No. 10 Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders), who finished in the Top 10 on the year-end list for the first time in his career.

NFLPA said that Brady and Wilson are the only quarterbacks to top it’s quarterly Top 50 Players Sales List five times — twice as year-end retail kings. Wilson topped the year-end charts in 2014 and 2015.

This is also a record 12th appearance for Brady in the Top 3 since the quarterly and annual Player Sales List’s inception in 2014. He has never ranked outside of the Top Nine.

The Top Ten for the 2017 season also includes No. 4 Elliott, No. 5 Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), No. 7 Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants) and No. 9 Rob Gronkowski (Patriots).

The Super Bowl champion Eagles have five players in the Top 50, the most of any NFL team, including title game MVP Nick Foles (No. 22), who returns to the list after a two-year absence.

Foles sold the most drinkware product from Wincraft, ten times more than any other player, and led in sales of T-shirts and hoodies from 500 Level, according to NFLPA.

Brady led in sales across a number of product categories, including Forever Collectibles bobbleheads, youth sleepwear and Fathead wall decals.

Beckham Jr and Wentz were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively in Fathead sales.

Four of the Top 6 leaders in women's jersey sales belonged to Cowboys players: Prescott, Elliott, Dez Bryant (no longer with the team) and Jason Witten.

Witten was strong in another category, finishing third behind Brady and Rodgers for most licensed cornhole boards sold from Wild Sports and Victory Tailgate.

Quarterbacks led the offensive positions, with 18, followed by wide receivers (14), running backs (6) and tight ends (4).

The lone offensive lineman was Pittsburgh Steelers OT Alejandro Villanueva (No. 30).

Seven players on defense made the year-end list, topped by Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (No. 13).

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt was No. 15, while his brother, Steelers LB T.J. Watt was No. 40.

According to NFLPA, the Watt brothers appearing in the Top 50 matches a feat most recently accomplished by Peyton and Eli Manning at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

Among other sales highlights:

• Von Miller (Denver Broncos) finished first for most adidas Texas A&M collegiate co-branded jerseys sold.

• Five of the Top 10 in Strideline socks sales were Eagles: Foles, Wentz, Chris Long, Jay Ajayi and Alshon Jeffery.

• Marshawn Lynch (Raiders) topped sales of women’s apparel from G-III.

• J.J. Watt was a top seller of calendars from The Lang Companies.

The Top 50 Player Sales List is released quarterly by the NFLPA, via its licensing and marketing arm NFL Players Inc., and is based on overall sales of all NFL player licensed products via online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPA licensees.

Licensees include Fanatics, Nike, Outerstuff, Forever Collectibles, Funko, Fathead, Hallmark, McFarlane Toys, Strideline socks and Wincraft.

Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys and T-shirts, wall decals, figurines, toys, matted and framed photos, vinyl collectibles, bobbleheads, ugly sweaters, plush dolls, drinkware, socks, virtual goods, holiday ornaments and novelties.

NFLPA Year-End Top 50 Player Sales List (March 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018)

1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

2. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

6. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

7. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

8. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

9. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
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10. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

11. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders

12. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys*

13. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

14. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

15. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

16. Khalil Mack, LB, Oakland Raiders

17. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

18. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

19. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

20. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

21. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

22. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

23. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

24. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

25. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

26. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

27. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

28. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

29. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

30. Alejandro Villanueva, OT, Pittsburgh Steelers

31. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers*

32. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

33. Richard Sherman, DB, Seattle Seahawks*

34. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

35. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

36. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

37. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears

38. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

39. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

40. T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

41. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

42. Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers

43. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

44. Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers

45. Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

46. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

47. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

48. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins*

49. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

50. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 
*Team listed indicates player’s team for sales during the 2017 season

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