deal w O via the NFL Players Inc. licensing- unit. "Since partnering in 2013, and have helped nearly 1,000 players connect with hundreds of brands to share campaigns, reaching more than 1 billion fans worldwide."

• 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. 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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Walmart: Seattle, Denver Top NFL, Alabama Leads College In Merchandise Sales

By Barry Janoff

September 10, 2015: Having reached the Super Bowl for the past two seasons, it would be no surprise to find that the Seattle Seahawks have fans and "frenemies" far beyond the confines of CenturyLink Field.

According to mega-retail chain Walmart, the Seahawks' fan base also is strong when it comes to spending power.

Seattle, which saw a boost in support following its victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, leads all NFL teams in merchandise sales based on figures from in-store purchases, according to Walmart's first rankings based on purchases by NFL and college consumers.

In fact, led by sales of quarterback Russell Wilson No. 3 jerseys, the Seahawks sell "more than three times the apparel per store per week than the next most productive team per store," the Denver Broncos.

The Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans fill out the Top Five on Walmart's NFL list.

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, which defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX this past February, are No. 9 on the NFL list, according to Walmart.

On the college side, the Top Five schools based on sales of merchandise (led by college football) in Walmart are Alabama, defending national CFB champion Ohio State, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas.

Walmart, which reported $16.4 billion in net income in 2014, did not release financial figures for their NFL and college merchandise sales.

However, there is little doubt that sales of licensed merchandise from the NFL and college is big business.

Sales of licensed NFL merchandise tops $3.5 billion, according to industry analysts.

Sales of licensed college merchandise is a $4.6 billion category, according to IMG College.

In addition to the required jerseys and T-shirts, Walmart's fan shop offers items that include towels, bedding, shower curtains, tissue boxes and stationery adored with NFL and college team logos.

Walmart said its No. 1 selling item in the category is a licensed team bean bag toss game, which is popular at tailgating, parties and other gatherings. The top three NFL teams here are the Seahawks, Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers. The top three NCAA teams are Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia.
Overall, according to Walmart, Seattle, Denver, and Green Bay represent nearly 40% of its total NFL sales (to date).

In turn, the sales of Packers merchandise are ahead of the Chicago Bears by 36% to date.

At the other end of the spectrum, consumers go to Walmart the least to buy merchandise for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and the St Louis Rams.

In the college category, the SEC represents 35% of Walmart’s season to-date sales- 2.5 times the sales of the Big 12 and 5.5 times the sales of the Pac 12

And in the "It Pays To Be National Champ" department, Ohio State has sold 4.4 times as much merchandise as Michigan.

Walmart’s NFL Team Merchandise Rankings:                                                                     
1. Seattle  Seahawks
2. Denver Broncos
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Houston Texans
6. Chicago Bears
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
8. New Orleans Saints
9. New England Patriots
10. San Francisco 49ers
11. Baltimore Ravens
12. Kansas City Chiefs
13. Oakland Raiders
14. San Diego Chargers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Washington Redskins
17. Philadelphia Eagles
18. Indianapolis Colts
19. Cleveland Browns
20. Carolina Panthers
21. Minnesota Vikings
22. Buffalo Bills
23. New York Giants
24. Atlanta Falcons
25. Miami Dolphins
26. Cincinnati Bengals
27. Tampa Bay Bucs
28. Detroit Lions
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Tennessee Titans
31. New York Jets
32. St Louis Rams
Walmart College Team Merchandise Rankings:                                                                     
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
3. Arkansas Razorbacks
4. Georgia Bulldogs
5. Texas Longhorns
6. Tennessee Vols
7. West Virginia Mountaineers
8. Kentucky Wildcats
9. Oklahoma Sooners
10. Nebraska Cornhuskers
11. Florida Gators
12. South Carolina Gamecocks
13. Iowa Hawkeyes
14. Louisiana State University Tigers
15. Auburn Tigers
16. Wisconsin Badgers
17. Missouri Tigers
18. Michigan Wolverines
19. Oregon Ducks
20. Florida State Seminoles
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys
22. North Carolina Tar Heels
23. Arizona Wildcats
24. Texas A&M Aggies
25. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Source: Walmart

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