HoopsHype Merchandising rumors


November 29, 2012 Updates

The NBA’s announcement the Knicks are No. 1 in merchandise sales in its latest study for the first time since 2004 may need a big, fat black-and-white asterisk. The figures are based on sales at the NBA store and online store from April through Thanksgiving weekend. Another reason the numbers are skewered is because the Brooklyn Nets’ new merchandise didn’t become available until late September. A lot of the figures count the Nets’ old merchandise sales. New York Post

November 28, 2012 Updates

LeBron James is atop the NBA's jersey-sales list once again. The Miami Heat star has the league's hottest-selling jersey, marking the third time the NBA's reigning MVP and Finals MVP has held that distinction. James was No. 4 in the most recent rankings, released in April. Since then, all he's done is win his third MVP award, a second Olympic gold medal and help the Heat win the NBA championship — the franchise's second and his first. "It's an honor to be No. 1," said James, who last had the league's best-selling jersey in April 2011. CNBC

Brooklyn's Deron Williams is No. 11, followed by Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, the Lakers' Steve Nash, Boston's Paul Pierce and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki. The list is based on sales at the NBA Store in New York and NBAStore.com from April through Nov. 26. "I give all of the credit to the fans," said James, whose Cleveland jersey topped the league sales charts in 2004. "I would also like to thank all of my supporters and the Miami Heat organization. Let's keep it going." CNBC

Tuesday morning, the NBA announced that not only have the Nets ranked seventh in merchandise sales since April, but also done so with jerseys only going on sale September 28 after JAY Z debuted them Opening Night at Barclays Center. Star point guard Deron Williams remained able to crack the Top 15 Most Popular Jerseys, ranking No. 11, sandwiched between fellow PGs Chris Paul (10) and Russell Westbrook (12). Williams, the first Nets player to make the list since Vince Carter ranked 10th in June 2007, got a kick out of the information. "It’s definitely great when people are recognizing the Nets and the move to Brooklyn," Williams said. "It’s all part of the brand, and Brett Yormark has done a great job of branding this team and getting the name out there. We’ve been more visible this year." NBA.com

November 23, 2012 Updates

The D-League will continue to employ international goaltending rules that allow players to knock the ball away immediately after it touches the rim. Another one of last season's innovations -- three-minute overtime periods -- also remains in place. Yet there is one notable on-court change, with D-League franchises now permitted to sell jersey sponsorships. Four of the league's 16 teams have taken advantage of the new provision: Erie (LECOM), Rio Grande Valley (Lone Star National Bank), Springfield (MGM Springfield) and Texas (Chocotow Casino Resorts). ESPN.com

By now all Celtics fans are familiar with Antoine Walker’s financial troubles. The former Celtic made millions during his NBA career and lost it all to poor decisions, gambling, and an excessive lifestyle. Ultimately this lead Walker to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010. His assets were liquidated and now EBAY merchant “The_Merchandise_Group” is selling many of “the Wiggles” personal items including 15 pairs of his sneakers. Some are game worn and others are his personal casual shoes. Pricing ranges from $25 to $99. RedsArmy.com

November 21, 2012 Updates
November 20, 2012 Updates

We told you about the new uniforms the NBA is rolling out for its slate of games on Christmas Day, and now we have a commercial featuring Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Joe Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Dwyane Wade modeling the new gear. The video clip above is an ad for the BIG Color collection, and has the players dribbling in rhythm their own rendition of ”Carol of the Bells.” NBCSports.com

November 18, 2012 Updates

BrooklynFans, the video-based website, reports that the Nets have decided not to re-stock gear based on "Deez Nets" theme, echoing the 1992 "Deez Nuts" rap by Dr. Dre, whose lyrics have been accused of being denigrating to women. BrooklynFans reports, "Clerks at the arena team store tell us DEEZ NETS stuff flew off the shelves, but Barclays Center brass decided the phrase wasn’t in good enough taste to re-stock. So online shopping is again the way to go, as it usually is these day." NetsDaily

November 8, 2012 Updates

Scott Weiss, spokesman for Fanatics.com, an online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, says the Spurs enjoyed the second highest increase among all NBA teams in sales of shirts, caps and other assorted franchise gear during the first week of the 2012-2013 regular season, compared to the final week of pre-season play. Sales of Spurs merchandise increased 91 percent over that period. The only team that enjoyed a larger jump in merchandise sales was the Golden State Warriors, with a 123 percent increase. Business News

November 4, 2012 Updates

Last night marked a new era in Brooklyn, a few days after their inaugural home game against crosstown rival New York Knicks was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. The Nets impressed in a season opening win over the Toronto Raptors 107-100. A star-studded crowd was on hand including Jay-Z and wife Beyonce in courtside seats. The first game also featured the announcement of the leagues new partnership with Marvel to unveil the first ever NBA super hero in history. BrooklyKnight is the protector of Brooklyn’s home court and all around ruler of Barclays Center. He made his debut last night at the home opener descending to center court rallying fans. Additionally, to commemorate this historic event, Marvel Custom Solutions put together BrooklyKnight #1 – a 32-page comic book written by Jason Aaron whose resume includes Thor, Wolverine and The X-Men. The illustration was done by Mike Deodato of The Amazing Spiderman and The Avengers acclaim. All in attendance received copies of the limited edition comic book. stupidDOPE.com

NBA owners left the Board of Governors meetings in Las Vegas happy in one regard: The long-awaited move of putting advertising patches on jerseys becomes official in two seasons, meaning the league is going to find a new way to fill its coffers. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver projects the ads will contribute $100 million per season, with the revenue expected to be split 50-50 between owners and players, since it will be part of the basketball-related income pool. Patches will measure two inches by two inches and will be stitched onto the jersey’s shoulder. New York Daily News

October 29, 2012 Updates

Earlier today in a conference call, the NBA and the Panini Group announced a multi-year extension to their partnership, which will allow Panini to continue to be the exclusive worldwide trading card provider of the NBA. It was also announced they’ll be releasing what’s dubbed as the “Kobe Anthology,” a fantastic look at Bryant’s basketball career – from high school to his present status with the Lakers – this year. The 200-card set will replay his biggest moments, and work as a timeline through his playing days. “The kids particularly enjoy it because they get to make fun of daddy’s afro and all that other good stuff,” says Bryant of his own children. Within every box released from Panini this season, a free packet of the “Kobe Anthology” will be inside. The idea behind this is if you’re able to get your hands on each release throughout the life of the NBA season, you’ll also complete the entire set of the “Kobe Anthology.” Dime

The National Basketball Association and the Panini Group – the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company — today announced an extension of their partnership through a new multiyear agreement. Under the terms of the new agreement, Panini will continue to be the exclusive trading card and sticker partner for the NBA globally, expanding its current development and distribution of trading cards and products worldwide, with a particular focus on China. The relationship will be managed by the Panini Group’s U.S. subsidiary, Panini America. Panini America

October 26, 2012 Updates

San Antonio Spurs CEO Peter Holt is the new BOG chairman, taking over for Minnesota owner Glen Taylor, who had served in that role since 2008. “We are being nice to David, but I want to be extra nice to Glen,” Holt said. “This has gone really smoothly. Glen has stayed in the chairmanship much longer than normal to allow the continuity to be smooth from obviously David to Adam, but also throughout the ownership group. So I want to thank Glen for that.” A discussion on accepting ads in the form of jersey patches as another revenue stream was pushed to the BOG’s next meeting. NBA.com

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