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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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Oct052017

Ice, Ice Baby: NHL Sponsorship Spend A Record $505M In Centennial Season

By Barry Janoff

October 5, 2017: Last season, the NHL honored its 100th anniversary with a full-out season-long celebration that included players, coaches, legends, fans and multi-platform marketing activation.

The celebration continues to have positive results.

Sponsorship spending on the NHL and its 30 clubs totaled a league record $505 million in the 2016-17 season, a 5.9% increase over the previous year.

Although the spend fell short of the 6.7% increase the league experienced in the 2015-16 NHL season, it exceeded 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, Chicago.

Overall, the NHL has seen a steady rise in sponsor spend since the lockout season of 2012-13, when more than 500 regular season games were canceled.

That season, sponsor spend on the NHL and its teams was $390 million, which rose to $409 million in 2013-14, $447 million in 2014-15 and $477 million in 2015-16, according to the 2016-17 ESP Properties NHL Sponsorship Report.

Despite this upward trend, the NHL remains fourth among the Big Four U.S. sports in total sponsor spend, behind the NFL ($1.2 billion), NBA ($880 million) and MLB ($778 million).

Worldwide sponsorship spend in motorsports 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 category record $63 billion in 2017.

"Reebok was the most active sponsor of the NHL in the 2016-17 season in terms of number of deals,” with 100% of NHL properties reporting it as a sponsor, according to ESP Properties. “However, Reebok will relinquish that status in beginning this season as (parent company) adidas becomes the league’s official jersey provider.”

The addition of adidas is expected to drive NHL sponsor spend to another record high this season, as will the addition of expansion franchise the Vegas Golden Knights, according to the ESP Properties NHL Sponsorship Report.

Among other factors cited by ESP Properties in projecting future NHL sponsor spend:

• Scotiabank’s 20-year, $800 million naming rights deal to the Air Canada Centre, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA’s Raptors, which officially will be renamed Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018.

• The expiration of the league’s $400 million partnership with MillerCoors and Molson Coors—and a potentially larger deal following the 2016 acquisition of MillerCoors by Molson Coors.
        
Behind Reebok, Enterprise Rent-a Car (74%) and Geico (71%) were the only other companies that topped 70% activation.

The Top 15 most active NHL sponsors also included Anheuser-Busch InBev (Bud/Bud Light 61%), Ticketmaster (52%), Coca-Cola (48%), Pepsi (42%), Ford (39%), Lexus (35%), Toyota (29%), Tim Horton’s (29%), McDonald’s (29%), Blue Cross-Blue Shield (26%), Dunkin’ Donuts (26%) and ScotiaBank (26%).

"The addition of adidas is expected to drive NHL sponsor spend to another record high this season, as will expansion franchise the Vegas Golden Knights."

The most active category sponsoring the NHL was automotive, replacing QSR, with carmakers 3.4 times more likely to sponsor the league than the average of all sponsors, according to ESP Properties.

Technology, retail and sports apparel and equipment joined the list of the ten most active categories, while lottery and gaming, non-alcoholic beverages and food dropped off.

After auto and QSR (2.9), the Top Ten most active categories were insurance (2.6), beer (2.5), medical (2.2), banks (2.0), tech (2.0), retail (2.0), media (1.9) and sports apparel and equipment (1.6).

The NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins were among seven NHL franchises that had total sponsorship spend above the NHL average: the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadians, New York Rangers,  Penguins, Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.

Teams that had sponsorship spend at the NHL average were the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals.

Teams that fell below the NHL average in sponsor spend were the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightening and Winnipeg Jets.

NBA Sponsor Spend Tops $880M, Will 'Skyrocket’ This Season

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