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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

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Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Oct032017

Sponsorship Spend On NBA Tops $880M, Will 'Skyrocket’ With Nike, Jersey Deals

By Barry Janoff

October 3, 2017: Coming off what has arguably been the most active and high-profile off-season in league history, the NBA is getting good news on the financial court.

Sponsorship spending on the NBA and its 30 teams hit a record $861 million in the 2016-17 season, a 7.8% increase from the previous season.

Although the increase does not match the NBA’s 8.1% sponsor spend increase from 2014-15 to the 2015-16 season, it exceeds both the projected 4.3% increase in overall 2017 sports spending and 4.1% increase in overall North American sponsorship spending, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties (formerly IEG), Chicago.

More good news for the league: ESP Properties projects that the NBA will see sponsorship dollars "skyrocket" during the 2017-18 campaign mainly due to the new eight-year, $1 billion deal with Nike as the league’s official on-court uniform provider (replacing adidas) and the beginning of a three-year trial period during which teams are allowed to sell ad patches on game jerseys for the first time in league history.

Even as such all-stars as Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Dwayne Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Paul George were signing with new teams, more than half of the NBA’s teams 30 franchises signed jersey ad-patch deals.

The pacts are led by the defending league champion Golden State Warriors three-year, $60 million contract with Rakuten, the Los Angeles Lakers three-year, $40 million deal with Wish, Goodyear’s $30 million three-season ad patch alliance with the Cleveland Cavaliers and GE’s $24 million three-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

The NBA’s partners have steadily increased spend over the past several years, from $799 million in 2015-16, $739 million in 2014-15, $679 million in 2014, $642 million in 2013 and $610 million in 2012, according to the NBA 2016-17 ESP Properties Sponsorship Report.

Among NBA deals last season, Jack Daniel’s signed "the largest partnership with a professional sports league in the brand’s history," making it an official marketing partner of the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League and USA Basketball.

The NBA also signed Gatorade as the title sponsor for its Developmental League, a pact that begins with the upcoming season.

The NBA, however, is second among the Big Four sports in U.S. in this area.

NFL sponsorship spend was $1.2 billion last season, MLB reached $778 million.

The NHL topped $485 million in sponsorship spending in 2016-17.

Worldwide sponsorship spend in motorsports (Nascar, F1, Indy, etc.) topped $5.3 billion last year, golf was at $1.7 billion and tennis was at $739 million, per ESP Properties.

According to research firm Statista, which provides information to companies and universities around the world, global sponsorship spend on sports topped a record $63 billion in 2017.

The most active sponsors of the NBA (league and teams) last season were State Farm (81% of properties with a sponsor in the insurance category reported a sponsorship with State Farm), Anheuser-Busch Inbev (71%), Gatorade (58%), Tissot (55%), FanDuel (48%), adidas (48%), Kia Motors (45%), Coca-Cola (45%), McDonald’s (39%), Lexus (39%), Uber (39%), Toyota (39%), PepsiCo (39%) and MolsonCoors (39%).

The most active categories were insurance (4.0, meaning insurance companies were four times more likely to sponsor the NBA than the average of all sponsors), automotive (3.8), retail (3.8), beer (3.5), medical (3.4), QSR (3.4), lottery and gaming (3.3), banks (2.7), sports apparel and equipment (2.6) and telecom (2.5), according to the NBA 2016-17  ESP Properties Sponsorship Report.

The study had some good news-bad news for NBA teams.

According to the NBA 2016-17 ESP Properties Sponsorship Report, just eight of the league’s 30 franchises had team sponsorship revenues above the NBA average: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

Teams that came in at league average were the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.

Meanwhile, nine teams came in below the NBA sponsorship revenue average: Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz.

Lakers, Heat Join NBA Jersey Patch Barrage

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