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Jeff Zillgitt: Here’s how that Goodyear logo might look on the Cavs’ jerseys next season: pic.twitter.com/AnskxaUvWb
Albert Nahmad: Jersey deals ($/yr est): CLE: Goodyear (TBD) BRK: Infor ($8M) BOS: GE ($7M+) SAC: Blue Diamond ($5M) PHI: StubHub ($5M) UTA: Qualtrics ($4M) The 24 teams that haven’t yet announced a jersey sponsorship deal yet now have a decent swath of deals from which to triangulate value.
The Cavaliers will carry another big piece of Akron with them starting next season when the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s Wingfoot logo appears on game jerseys.
The Cavs and Goodyear will formally announce the partnership Monday as part of the NBA’s three-year pilot program to sell ads on uniforms, starting next season. The pairing makes sense, as Cleveland’s star player, LeBron James, is Akron’s favorite son, and Goodyear is the city’s cornerstone company. It was founded there in 1898.
If there was any doubt, Wyc Grousbeck confirmed Monday morning on Toucher & Rich that we’ll never see another Celtics player don the No. 34 jersey. That will forever belong to Paul Pierce, whose 19-year NBA career came to an end Sunday afternoon when the L.A. Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs. Pierce spent 15 great seasons with the Celtics, leading the team to their 17th NBA Championship in franchise history in 2008, earning NBA Finals MVP honors in Boston’s six-game series win over the L.A. Lakers.
“There have been conversations in general by people close to him,” said Grousbeck. “But we haven’t been allowed to talk directly to Paul while he’s been playing. He’s made it clear he’ll always feel like a Celtic and this is his basketball home. I think he wants to come back. We’re a little busy right now, thank goodness, and we’ll speak to him when the time is right. “I’d like to get Danny [Ainge] and Brad [Stevens’] input on it the this offseason, and see what Paul would like to do. But he’s a finals MVP, and the last player to wear No. 34 for us.”
While Nike is set to take over the NBA apparel deal for the 2017-18 season, not all of the jerseys coming to the league next year will solely feature the Swoosh. The Charlotte Hornets confirmed this week that players on the team will wear Jordan Brand uniforms once Nike inherits the contract. In a press release posted on Monday, the team confirmed that it would be the only one in the league wearing Jordan jerseys. Michael Jordan is an owner of the Hornets and his Jordan Brand is owned by Nike, hence the connection here.
The new uniforms will be available first at the re-opening of the Hornets Fan Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina. Per the Hornets, the Fan Shop will play host to more Jordan Brand merch than it has in years past upon its fall reopening.
Chris Reichert: The Reno Bighorns announce new colors to match their parent club in Sacramento as well #NBADL pic.twitter.com/RrgluWfNB1
Jeff Zillgitt: Most popular NBA jerseys and team merchandise based on sales at nbastore.com: pic.twitter.com/gvZWg9LAHf
Al Iannazzone: Steph Curry has most popular jersey based on sales at NBAStore.com. Porzingis is 7th and Derrick Rose 12th.
Michael Pina: Did not expect Giannis to sell more jerseys than Harden
Mark Medina: Lakers rank 4th in the NBA this season for most popular team merchandise. Golden State, Cleveland & Chicago rank ahead
The Wizards, who have already clinched a playoff berth and can clinch their first division title since 1979 with a win or an Atlanta loss on Tuesday, announced they will wear their alternate “Stars and Stripes” uniforms for all home games during the postseason. Washington added the “Stars and Stripes” alternate to its wardrobe before the season in conjunction with the team’s “military series,” which honors a different branch of the military at six home games. The Wizards are 3-2 in the “Stars and Stripes” uniforms thus far and are scheduled to wear them one more time during the regular season, on April 4 against Charlotte.
Word came down on Tuesday that Bulls former owner Jerry Krause had died, so the team added a memorial patch, shown above, for last night’s game against the Pistons. While the patch may look simple and straightforward enough, there are actually several notable aspects to it. One at a time: 1. According to Bulls spokesman Tony Hyde, the patch is just a placeholder, with a new patch to follow for tomorrow’s game against the 76ers. Placeholder memorials aren’t unheard of, but they’re usually just simple black bands. Not sure I can recall a placeholder memorial that included typography.
Darren Wolfson: Trade deadline aside, Taylor told me he and Thibs have communicated to KG that whenever he wants they’d like to retire his jersey. #Twolves
Scott Kushner: Cousins said No. 0 is a “new life”
New Orleans Pelicans: First look 👀🔥 #Pelicans
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves make it official: logo overhaul coming next season. Lime green will be part of. Note sent to season-tix tolders (h/t @rayvon_32):
Scott Soshnick: BREAKING: @cavs have jersey patch deal w/ @goodyear, sources say. Company based in Akron. @KingJames, of course, from Akron #sportsbiz #nba
The Brooklyn Nets have sold a jersey patch sponsorship to Infor, a closely held software company backed by Koch Industries Inc. The company will pay $8 million annually for the deal under the league’s three-year pilot program, according to a person familiar with the terms who asked for anonymity because the information is not public. As part of the tie-up, Infor will also provide data analytics and technology to support the team’s business operations, fan experience initiatives and player performance.
“Our alliance with Infor is a transformative partnership for both business and basketball operations and is indicative of the cutting edge and gritty culture we are building,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “The patch on the jersey represents our deep engagement with Infor and the software company’s role in taking our performance to the highest level in basketball operations and the business side. We are looking forward to joining some of the world’s most innovative brands, like Ferrari, for the unique opportunity of instilling Infor’s proven business applications into our company.”
Thomas had planned on changing his number at some point, but with a nickname “IT4” and fans buying his jersey, he’s had a change of heart. “I probably won’t change it. I wanted to, but it’s getting tougher and tougher,” he said. “You see a lot of people with No. 4 jerseys, and I would feel bad for those that pay their hard-earned money to buy a No. 4 jersey.”
The Boston Celtics and GE today announced a multi-year partnership in which the world’s leading digital industrial company will become the team’s exclusive Data and Analytics Partner. GE, which moved its global headquarters to Boston in 2016, will receive a number of marketing assets, including the first jersey patch partnership in the team’s history, beginning in the 2017-18 season. A key component of the relationship will center around GE’s ability to provide the 17-time NBA Champions with its best-in-class expertise, products and insights across data science, medical equipment, and lighting solutions. Terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
In announcing the partnership, Celtics president Rich Gotham said, “GE will be woven into the fabric of the Boston Celtics both literally and figuratively. Their leadership in innovation, analytics, and technology will help us to be as competitive as we can be in everything from optimizing our facilities and equipment to player performance. Simply put, GE will make us a better and smarter basketball team and organization.” “GE and the Boston Celtics both have rich histories of tradition and innovation and we’re thrilled to bring these two iconic brands together in a way that will drive further success for the team and pride in the City of Boston,” said GE Chief Marketing Officer Linda Boff. “The Celtics will become another key ally in GE’s mission to help make Boston an epicenter of tech innovation.”
The Boston Celtics will announce on Wednesday that the team has signed a wide-ranging sponsorship deal with GE that includes the rights to have the company’s logo on its jerseys, sources told ESPN.com. Terms of the deal were not immediately known, but sources close to the deal said that GE will become the team’s data and analytics partner.
Jeff Zillgitt: Steph Curry tops list of most popular NBA jerseys. Top 15 players in jersey sales and top 10 teams in apparel sales: pic.twitter.com/ntYspFglv7
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal included an article about the league’s plan to stop selling lower-priced replica jerseys at brick-and-mortar shops next season (which, as you can imagine, doesn’t matter to me one little bit), and buried within that article was the following tidbit: Nike, meanwhile, is expected to present its initial NBA jersey designs to retailers beginning this week. The company said it doesn’t plan to produce sleeved jerseys, a style debuted by Adidas in 2013 that received mixed reviews from players and fans.
On Saturday night, however, Duncan will be forced to leave his comfort zone and deliver a speech in front of a sold-out crowd as his jersey is retired and raised to the rafters. “I just think he wants to get it over with because he knew it was coming at some point,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told The Undefeated. “The sooner, the better. The quicker, the better. He probably won’t say much. He probably wishes we wouldn’t do it. “But he owes that to the fans to go out there and let them applaud him for what he’s done. He understands that.”
“You knew that day was going to come,” Spurs guard Tony Parker told The Undefeated. “It’s already unbelievable that he played 19 years, especially with his knees. It’s a great honor. Well-deserved. He’s the best power forward of all time. I can’t wait for that day. It’s going to be a great night.” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said Duncan’s jersey retirement will be “emotional” for him. “A lot of flashbacks will come back to me because of what we went through. Most of his games were with me,” Ginobili said.
The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers announced Tuesday that they’ll turn back the clock this season with six Hardwood Classic Night games at Quicken Loans Arena, starting on Dec. 9. In addition to commemorative in-game videos, music and entertainment, the Cavs will rock the retro bright-orange uniforms that the team wore in the mid-1980s, paying homage to rosters headlined by World B. Free, Ron Harper, Mark Price and John “Hot Rod” Williams.
Stefan Bondy: According to Knicks PR, the reason Joakim Noah is not wearing the Hoops for Troops socks is because they didn’t have his sock size.
Nike’s massive footprint in the NBA will be even bigger next year, with the global sportswear powerhouse set to become the official on-court apparel provider for the league beginning with the 2017-18 season. While the brand is likely far from unveiling the uniforms teams will wear in the coming season, a leak arrived on Friday featuring what looks to be the Philadelphia 76ers’ kits.
Scott Mizuno: Eric Bledsoe’s name is spelled wrong. pic.twitter.com/Agy4NucUnR
John Musumeci: Stop wearing white socks with black shoes – Brandon Jennings: These NBA socks Trash!!!!!! Just go back to black & white socks! Why sneaker gotta match my colorful sock this ain’t the Circus. I came into the league when we wore black socks on the road & white socks at home! Simple is always good. Forcing us to wear a sock with all different colors is Thirsty! Never been my style.
Isaiah Thomas: Real talk! RT @brandonjennings: I came into the league when we wore black socks on the road & white socks at home! Simple is always good.
Jeff Morton: Updated Denver Stiffs story. Apparently “White Pride” came from Adidas, not the Nuggets. Was removed from website. Wilson Chandler: Don’t care where it came from, they need to get rid of it.
Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, multiple sources indicate the Lakers to be wearing Magic Johnson-era throwbacks at some point this season.
Several sources have indicated the Heat will have a new alternate uniform this season. Although nothing has been released yet, the video game NBA 2K17 may have provided a hint of how the design will look:
The Washington Wizards will pay honor to the men and women of the military with the addition of a new “Stars and Stripes” uniform during the 2016-17 season. The red, white and blue jersey will feature stars and stripes on each side while the shorts will highlight stripes and the Wizards’ Monument logo. Fans can preorder the jersey at shop.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or at the team store on Oct. 13.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors will indeed unveil their blue Huskies alternate jersey tomorrow. They last wore Huskies throwbacks in 2009-10, DeRozan’s rookie year
The Emirates Group is in preliminary talks to sponsor jersey patches for a number of National Basketball Association teams, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. Allowing advertising on uniforms is a new initiative for the NBA. People familiar with the league and team operations say the sponsorships are expected to generate $150 million in total revenue a year. The three-year pilot program starts in the 2017-18 season.
A deal with the NBA would allow Emirates to put its name on a 2.5-inch square patch on the left shoulder of the jerseys. It’s not clear how many of the league’s 30 teams the company is looking to sponsor. The Dubai-based aviation company flies to the following NBA cities: Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Toronto. The NBA declined to comment. Emirates didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Emirates bundle won’t include LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers, according to people familiar with the discussions. The people asked to remain anonymous because the talks are not public.
Arison also all but confirmed that the Heat would not again issue Dwyane Wade’s No. 3, writing, “For the first time in a long time, Dwyane Wade will not be part of our team, but it will be a joyous homecoming when we someday hang his #3 jersey from the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena.”
Orlando Magic PRDish: The Orlando Magic unveiled today new alternate “Stars” uniforms, which will serve as the team’s fifth uniform.
On Thursday, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Nick Halter wrote (subscription required) that the Wolves are getting a new logo and uniforms, quoting owner Glen Taylor as saying, “I think so. Sooner than later. No definite date has been set.” Ruiter would not confirm when the changes would take place, though logic says two things: 1) It won’t be this season, which is only a few months away from starting. 2) It would make sense to happen in 2017-18, when the renovation of Target Center is slated to be complete.
Calvin Watkins: Rockets voted against this because teams have to share the money gained with each other. – RT: NBA on ESPN: Warriors asking $15-20 million a year for rights to advertise on jersey, most of any team. (via @darrenrovell)
It is believed that the Warriors, who won the title in 2015 but lost in the Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games this year, are asking for more money than any other team. The NBA recently approved a three-year pilot program to allow teams to sell 2½-inch by 2½-inch patches on the upper left of the jersey opposite what will be a swoosh from Nike, which will begin its deal as the official apparel maker after the 2016-17 season.
Only one team has consummated a deal since the league allowed teams to start doing business in mid-May. The Philadelphia 76ers’ three-year deal with StubHub is worth $5 million a year, according to sources.
The NBA has released jersey sales numbers from the previous fiscal year, and they came somewhat of a surprise: Russell Westbrook’s jersey outsold Kevin Durant’s. According to the NBA’s release, Westbrook owned the sixth-best selling jersey this past year. Durant finished eighth. Those two, specifically, helped the Oklahoma City Thunder jump to fifth in overall merchandise sales. Of course, with Durant darting for the Golden State Warriors, that could all change in the upcoming season. It’s possible the Thunder take the biggest hit of any team to their merchandise sales.
Stephen Curry, the two-time reigning MVP, unsurprisingly finished the year with the most popular NBA jersey. He was followed by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Westbrook, Draymond Green, Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Derrick Rose.
Marc Berman: #Knicks say Derrick Rose will wear the number he donned at Simeon High, 25, which he wore in honor of slain Chicagoan.
James Ham: A video look at the Sacramento Kings Uniform Unveil 360 youtu.be/9DjrtFbG0H0 via @YouTube
The National Basketball Association is embarking on a two-week campaign with on-demand commerce platform Teespring to sell limited edition LGBT Pride month t-shirts. Each NBA team’s logo has been altered to display a rainbow design set on a black background. Shirts are on sale for $24.95 a piece. All proceeds from the sale of the LGBT Pride month shirts will benefit the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Its main mission is to reduce the amount of harassment that occurs at schools based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. “Support from professional sports for LGBT people has been one of the biggest cultural developments of the past five years, and the NBA has consistently led the way,” said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. “For LGBT fans and players alike, visibility and inclusion in the family of sports remains a key goal. The entire GLSEN family is proud of our longstanding partnership with the NBA, and excited about all of the work we are doing together to make K-12 physical education and athletics – and all of K-12 education – more inclusive and welcoming of LGBT students.”
Before the 2015-16 season began, one team attempted to take the custom jersey game to a whole new level. The Santa Cruz Warriors showed off their Surf City throwback jersey, a nod to the Golden State Warriors’ famous ‘City’ uniform with the Bay Bridge on the front and the cable car on the back.
The front saw a lighthouse with the iconic Giant Dipper roller coaster on the front, with a beach babe riding a surfboard on the back. The jersey received incredible amounts of praise on social media, with fans asking where they could purchase a uniform of their own. The initial plan was to auction off the game-worn jerseys as usual, then have a limited run of them for sale to the general public shortly thereafter.
Fans tuning in to the NBA’s Christmas Day games this winter may find themselves experiencing a sense of déjà vu. That’s because the NBA’s 2016 Christmas Day uniforms are extremely similar to last year’s Christmas designs. The 2016 Christmas set won’t be officially unveiled until later this year, but the designs are shown in an Adidas catalog that was provided to ESPN.com by an industry source. The designs utilize the same template as the 2015 Christmas uniforms — including the same chest scripts based on vintage holiday card typography, the same number font, and the same wax seal graphic on the rear collar — but with a greater emphasis on team colors.
NBA Store: BREAKING: Top 5 Selling Jerseys: 1. Curry. 2. Kobe. 3. LeBron. 4. Porzingis. 5. Durant.
Q: What do you think about the NBA approving advertisements on jerseys for 2017-18? Mark Cuban: “I’m fine with them. Look, we put memorials on jerseys all the time that are just gonna be a little bit smaller than an ad would be and nobody says ‘oh that’s terrible, that distracts from the jersey’ when you’ve got someone who died or did something special. I don’t think it’s gonna change all that much.”
Chris Creamer: Sources: Sacramento Kings will eliminate black w/new logos. @conradburry with the mockups → http://bit.ly/1rdyxg5
Under a three-year pilot program beginning with the 2017-18 season, NBA teams can sell a 2.5-inch by 2.5-inch patch on the front-left area of the team’s game jersey. Each team will be responsible for selling its own ads and teams can opt out of the program. Revenues from the patch sales will be shared by all 30 teams. Adam Silver said the league expects to generate $100 million in revenue from the sponsorships.
So what can we expect from the Nets? No one is saying, but Brett Yormark has been a major proponent of the ad sales and the Nets were the first NBA team to take advantage of a league program to sell patches on practice jerseys. Back in 2009, when the Nets were still in New Jersey, they sold the rights to their practice jerseys and coaches shirts–and threw in naming rights for their East Rutherford practice facility as well. It was six figure, two-year deal. The patches, advertising PNY Technologies, were larger than what the NBA is permitting on game jerseys.
And let’s not forget who was president of NASCAR when they festooned driver’s jackets and the cars themselves with as many logos as could be fit. “Obviously, it’s a league decision, but as someone who spent seven years at NASCAR, I know the value of putting a brand on the playing field and the uniform, so it is certainly something I would support,” said Yormark back in March 2012. “You can monetize this in ways you can’t monetize any other kind of marketing inventory. And, of course, we’re in the No. 1 market in the country, so …
Calvin Watkins: Rockets owner Les Alexander said his franchise was one of two teams voting against putting ads on jerseys.
Jeff Zillgitt: NBA commish Adam Silver has talked with people inside/outside of NC government and believes there is constructive role for NBA to play.
Jeff Zillgitt: Brand Jordan is likely sponsorship ad for Hornets jersey. Hornets owned by Michael Jordan of Brand Jordan.
Brian Mahoney: Silver says Nike logo won’t be on Hornets’ jerseys because of Jordan. Jordan Brand may be.
NBA owners at this week’s Board of Governors meeting in New York are expected to approve placing patches with advertising on jerseys starting with the 2017-18 season, two people familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until after owners had voted, which is expected to happen on Friday. Placing advertising on NBA jerseys has been discussed for years but has become a reality under NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who in 2014 called the idea inevitable and recently told Rachel Nichols it was manifest destiny.
NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN.
The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a 2.5-by-2.5-inch patch on the left shoulder. A proposal was presented to the owners in February during a meeting at the All-Star Game in Toronto with the expectation that a decision would be reached at this week’s board of governors meeting, held in New York on Thursday and Friday.
As is stands, though, the Kobester is King. He took Ohio. Mitchell and Ness revealed their top-selling jerseys for 2015 on Tuesday, and though Larry Bird is the top-ranking jersey in five different states (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and, unsurprisingly, Indiana) Bryant remains the company’s top selling jersey overall. Via Deadspin, take a look at the map:
But who holds the title in Oregon? Kobe Bryant (#8) of the Los Angeles Lakers. Yes, you read that right. Who’s fault is this? Do we blame the influx of Californians and other transplants, or are Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers really held in higher regard than Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler and other Portland Trail Blazers heroes of yesteryear? To be fair, Mitchell & Ness currently only has one throwback option available for Trail Blazers fans in their online store, a 1983-84 Authentic Clyde Drexler jersey that comes with a whopping $260 price tag. So, perhaps diversifying the options for Blazers fans might help the cause of former Trail Blazers players in our fair state.
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But for now, Pachulia is expected to play his typical 15-20ish minute per night role and he has been fully cleared, health-wise, to do so. “It’s good that we have one week off,” Pachulia said. “That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team.”
Zaza Pachulia, the only injured Warrior rotation player late in the Spurs series, has participated in all parts of all three practices, without restriction on that sore right heel. He is on track to start Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday. “We’ve done running, had scrimmages and he’s done everything,” Mike Brown said.
“We need the best possible player that’s gonna help us win, and I’m with that,” Thomas said. “Anything Danny and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I’m all for that. I want to win a championship and being so close to getting to the Finals, that makes you want it that much more. “I’m all help if they need it. I’ll be around.”
Thomas admitted he’d listen to extension talks but won’t be upset if the Celtics ultimately use available dollars to better the team. “[An extension] means more money? Yeah, I would love that,” Thomas quipped. “But if it don’t happen, I’m the last person to be bothered by that. I know everything happens for a reason so, when my time comes, I know it will come and God will bless me.”
“He doesn’t seem like he’s overjoyed or anything like that,” Golden State forward Draymond Green, one of Durant’s closest friends, said Monday after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. “Excited to be headed to the Finals, but at the same time, he knows he didn’t make the decision he made to go to the Finals. He made the decision he made, No. 1, for his own life.”