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• ESPN and Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, will debut an original series, More Than An Athlete, Nov. 20, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode series follows James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist via the bonds of friendship and partnership among four men over more than two decades: James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

• The NFL and Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca. The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the 2019 NFL schedule next spring

• NBC Sports and the Premier League are partnering to present their second Premier League Mornings Live, scheduled to take place in New York on Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will include a turf pitch, the Premier League trophy, club mascots and special guests. The initial fan fest in September was attended by more than 2,000 on a rooftop overlooking the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

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All-Time NBA Scoring Leaders (To Date)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38, 387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. Michael Jordan 32.292
5. LeBron James 31.425*
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31.419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,187*
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hays 27,313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12. Oscar Robertson 26,710
13. Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14. Tim Duncan 26,496
15. Paul Pierce 26,397
19. Carmelo Anthony 25,551*
22. Vince Carter 24,967*
30. Dwayne Wade 22,211*
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1. Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2M
2. The Grinch $38.1M
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7M
4. Instant Family $14.7M
5. Widows $12.3M
6. Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7M
7. A Star is Born $4.3M
8. Overlord $3.8M
9. Girl in the Spider’s Web $2.5M
10. Burn the Stage $2.3M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Apr162018

Pump It Up: Sports And Fitness Product Category Tops $90B, Up $17B Since 2010

By Barry Janoff

April 16, 2018: Sales in the sports and fitness industry are healthy and getting strong, topping $90 billion in 2017, up 2.9% in 2017 versus the previous year.

That represents the best annual growth in three years according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Assn., the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers, retailers and partners.

The total is up $6 billion from $84.3 billion in 2014, and up a whopping $16 billion from $74 billion in 2010.

The overall sports equipment category was $24.9 billion in sales, according to the SFIA 2018 Manufacturers’ Sales Report.

“The sports and fitness products industry is resilient,” said Tom Cove, president and CEO for SFIA.

“Though we have faced profound changes in retail landscape and consumer behavior, the industry continues to innovate and deliver products that Americans want, in order to maintain their desired active lifestyle.”

In conjunction with the report, SFIA released an open letter to the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee “addressing concern over proposed tariffs.”

Theh letter read, in part: “The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) joins 100+ other organizations in expressing concern over the detrimental effects an additional $100 billion in new tariffs on Chinese-made products would have on American businesses, workers, consumers and the economy.

“Essentially, as tariffs increase, companies will be forced to increase product costs in order to cover the additional tariffs and offset any impact it has on sales. When the cost of basic necessities jump, American consumers will have no choice but to pay more or abstain from the market; which will, in turn, place a greater strain on the U.S. economy.

“A trade war is not an effective way to fix the current situation with China, and it is vital that any actions taken by the U.S. does not intensify or aggravate the current problem at hand.”

According to the SFIA’s separate just-released report, 2018 Sports, Fitness, and Leisure Activities Topline Participation, which tracked participation in 120 sports, recreation and fitness activities, 2017 inactivity rates slightly increased from 2016, 81.4 million to 82.4 million.

Categories that showed “significant one-year increases in casual participation included baseball (12.9%), basketball (14.1%), field hockey (15.9%) and indoor soccer (13.2%).

The 2018 Manufacturers’ Sales Report, “dissects the sports and fitness product market, based on the U.S. wholesale dollar sales data of sports equipment, exercise equipment, activewear apparel, sports apparel, licensed merchandise and footwear."

Cross-training style workouts, rowing machines, and kettlebells all showed growth in 2017, according to the SFIA.
 
In 2017, sports equipment sales increased by 3.1%, with basketballs, batting gloves, baseball protective gear and camping coolers registering healthy category growth.

Regarding fitness, the fitness apparel category experienced strong gains at 12.3%, while the exercise and fitness products market maintained its relatively flat year-over-year pattern, measuring out to $5.2 billion in sales.

Overall, the report shows that “institutional exercise products are slightly up and consumer exercise products are slightly down.”

"The industry continues to innovate and deliver products that Americans want, in order to maintain their desired active lifestyle.”

In apparel, the accessories sector of branded athletic apparel has experienced notable growth (nearing 5% in some categories), creating more opportunity for niche products in the marketplace, according to SFIA.

In addition, following what was called an “unpredictable few years in the footwear industry, where the classic/original brand styles have been increasing at a faster rate than any other category," fitness/workout, footwear is now outpacing the classic/original styles.

“While both categories are showing steady, healthy gains, sales of fitness/workout footwear have increased by 5.3%, while classic/originals have increased by 3.5%.”

Meanwhile, the running shoe category "continues to dominate the shoe market, grossing nearly double the amount of any other footwear category, and maintains strong, consistent growth at 2.1%," according to SFIA.

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