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• The has named Shenzhen, as the host city for 2019-2028, a deal that includes the building of a 12K-seat venue, and doubling the prize money to $14M for the Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams.

• Overwatch League said that its first week of competition drew more than 10 million viewers via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC and Panda TV. Opening day had an average audience per minute of 408,000.

• Coca-Cola, International Speedway Corp. and Nascar have signed an extension to their partnerships under which Coca-Cola, would "continue its deep-rooted history in the sport by engaging racing fans across Nascar’s three national series and 12 ISC-operated race tracks" and events including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Coca-Cola 400. Coca-Cola-sponsored drivers include Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. Coca-Cola said it "has been involved with stock car racing for 50 years," and became an official partner with Nascar in 1998.

• NBC Olympics will debut Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota, a live, daily figure skating show airing nightly (7 PM ET) on NBCSN beginning Feb. 10 and continuing through Feb. 24. Live Olympic figure skating competition will follow the show in primetime. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will present a digital-exclusive version of Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota immediately following prime-time coverage beginning Feb. 8.

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2.  LeBron James (CLE) 856,080
3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
4.  Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
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6. DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 356,340
7. Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612
8. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
10. Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 194,239

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Led By NFL, MLB, Licensed Sports Merchandise Market To Top $48B By 2024

By Barry Janoff

October 20, 2016: Citing a "growing consumer base and huge market potential," the global licensed sports merchandise market is expected to witness “considerable growth” in the next few years.

Led by such companies as adidas, Nike, Under Armour, VF Corp., G-III Apparel, Dick's Sporting Goods, Jarden, Knight Apparels, New Era Cap and Great American Products, the market will grow from $27.6 billion in 2015 to $48.2 billion by 2024, according to a new report from Transparency Market Research, Albany NY.

However, the report warns that sales of counterfeit sports merchandise is a much larger market, topping $960 billion last year.

From a geographical perspective, North America "dominated the global licensed sports merchandise market" in 2015, accounting for a nearly 54% of the global licensed sports merchandise market's revenues. The demand for licensed sports merchandise is "chiefly driven by the rising popularity of sporting leagues and their increasing fan bases."

The NFL and MLB together account for nearly 50% of the North America licensed sports merchandise market in terms of revenue, followed by the NBA.

The region is also expected to "retain dominance over the forecast period in terms of revenue contribution to the global market, but is likely to lose prominence to Asia Pacific in terms of growth rate," according to Licensed Sports Merchandise Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016-2024 from Transparency Market Research.

However, in what the firm calls the highly competitive global market for licensed sports merchandise, "the introduction of innovative and technologically advanced products is key to growth and increased consumer adoption rate."

Such product categories as smart clothing — which include workout gear capable of monitoring vital workout signs, reactive materials or fabrics, and wearable devices  have "changed the consumer perception about sports merchandise by leaps and bounds," per Transparency Market Research.

North America is expected to retain dominance over the forecast period in terms of revenue contribution to the global market. However, the study indicates that the region is likely to lose prominence to Asia Pacific in terms of growth rate.

According to Transparency Market Research, "The rapid expansion of the Internet and the growing acceptance of e-commerce as a safe and viable alternative to traditional bricks-and-mortar retailing have supported growth of the licensed sports merchandise market in countries such as India and China."

Unfortunately for companies that product officially licensed products, counterfeit products such as T-shirts, jerseys and hats "has increased at a significant rate in the global market in the past few years."

The worldwide sales of counterfeit products reached upward of $960 billion worldwide in 2015.

"The rising problem of piracy of sports products is likely to pose a serious threat to the licensed sports merchandise market, which in turn is projected to restrain the global licensed sports merchandise market in the next few years," according to Transparency Market Research.

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