• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.


Top-Selling NBA Jerseys Dick's Sporting Goods (Season to Date)

1. LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

4. Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Joel Embid Philadelphia 76ers
6. Kristaps Porzingas New York Knicks
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

8. James Harden Houston Rockets
9. Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
10. Isaiah Thomas Cleveland Cavaliers
11. Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
12. Gordon Heyward Boston Celtics
13. Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers
14. Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
15. Al Horford Boston Celtics




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10. Isaiah Thomas

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1. New York Yankees
2. Houston Astros
3. Boston Celtics
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Atlanta Falcons
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. New England Patriots
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Houston Rockets
10. Philadelphia Eagles


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With NFL Jersey Sales Like This, Oakland's Marshawn Lynch Could Run For President

By Barry Janoff

June 14, 2017: Marshawn Lynch made the right move to come back to the NFL after taking a year off, at least as far as merchandise sales go.

Lynch, now in his first season with the Oakland (soon to be Las Vegas) Raiders, topped the list of best-selling jerseys for May, a solid return for a player who retired after Super Bowl L (Feb. 2016) following more than five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

He then applied for reinstatement earlier this year and was traded from the Seahawks to his hometown Raiders in April, making May the first full month his Raiders jersey would be on sale..

Among the Top Five, Lynch came in ahead of Tom Brady of the Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys teammates Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott and Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans.

He also topped his new quarterback, Derrick Carr, and his former QB with the Seahawks, Russell Wilson, according to stats for the month of May from

Specific sales figures were not released.

Lynch would even have done well as a presidential candidate, topping sales in 14 states, mostly in the west,

They included California, Alaska, Hawaii, his former stomping ground in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas and Indiana.

However, Brady ruled sales in the most number of states, 17, claiming all of New England: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode island.

Brady also took Montana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, Virginia, Maryland and Florida.

Prescott led jersey sales in Texas as well as Oklahoma and Mississippi.

Von Miller topped sales in Colorado and Wyoming.

Although he is now with the New Orleans Saints, Adrian Peterson’s new jersey was the top selling jersey in Minnesota, where he played ten seasons with the Vikings (although he appeared in just 20 games over the past three years).

Colin Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers jersey placed at No. 17, even though he became a free agent in March and is no longer with the team.

Rookie James Conner came in at No. 11, the top-selling jersey among the Pittsburgh Steelers and first-year players.

Dick’s Sporting Goods has a different list of top NFL sales. According to its Jersey Report, the Top 25 selling jerseys over the past month are:

1. Tom Brady New England patriots
2. Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
3. Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
4. Von Miller Dencer Broncos
5. Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
6. Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
7. Luke Kuechly Carolina Panters
8. Julian Edelman New England Patriots
9. Carson Wentz Philadelphia Eagles
10. Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
11. J.J. Watt Houston Texans
12. Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants
13. Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
14. Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
15. Le’Veon Nell Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
17. Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
18. Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons
19. A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
20. Marcus Mariota Tenness Titans
21. DeMaryius Thomas Denver Broncos
22. Jarvis Landry Miami Dolphins
23. Joe Haden Cleveland Browns
24. Todd Gurley II Los Angeles Rams
25. Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
SOURCE: Dick’s Sporting Goods

Top-Selling NFL Jerseys May 2017
1. Marshawn Lynch  Oakland Raiders
2. Tom Brady New EnglandPatriots
3. Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
4. Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
5. Deshaun Watson Houston Texans
6. Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
7. Odell Beckham Jr  New York Giants
8. Carson Wentz Philadelphia Eagles
9. Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons
10. Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
11. James Conner Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
13. Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
14. Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Khalil Mack Oakland Raiders
16. Julian Edelman New England Patriots
17. Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers
18. Von Miller  Denver Broncos
19. Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
20. Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys
21. Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
22. Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys
23. Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
24. Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
25. Adrian Peterson New Orleans Saints

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