Kobe Bryant not only set a points record for a player of his age in his final game Wednesday night, he also helped the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Lakers break all-time industry merchandise records. On Wednesday alone, the Staples Center sold $1.2 million worth of Kobe merchandise, Sean Ryan, AEG vice president of merchandise told ESPN. Ryan said that’s a single-day sales record for any arena in the world.
NCLUSIVE Sports has announced the signing of NBA star Point Guard Mike Conley Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies, for marketing, public relations, merchandising, and digital branding. The Hollywood-based sports marketing and branding firm will manage all marketing opportunities, as well as digital assets for the former Ohio State All-Big Ten standout. Conley Jr. will retain his agent Mike Conley Sr. “A leader both on and off the court, Mike has found a way to deeply engrain himself in every community he has ever encountered and we are honored to be representing one of the most well respected athletes in sports.” says Justin Giangrande, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at NCLUSIVE, “Too humble to admit it, Mike has an unbelievably historic family tree and we intend to shed light on how his family has helped shape him to be the influencer that he is today among both his peers and fans.“
The Charlotte Hornets are encouraging fans to “Enter the Swarm” and become Swarm365 Members as the team has officially launched its early bird season ticket campaign for the 2016-17 NBA season. Those fans that take advantage of the early bird campaign, which runs through Feb. 16, will be guaranteed the best available season-ticket pricing. Tickets are available by calling 704-Hornets or visiting hornets.com. Season ticket prices for the 2016-17 campaign will increase on Feb. 17 and at various points throughout the remainder of the year.
The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors were named 2014-15 Co-Retailer of the Year by the NBA, it was announced today. The annual honor, awarded by the league since 2002, recognizes best practices in team merchandise sales and operations. The Warriors and the Toronto Raptors earned the award after an extensive review of all team retailers with criteria including innovative marketing and merchandising programs, breadth of product assortment, customer service, consumer shopping experience, and overall sales success.
The Warriors’ widening appeal can be demonstrated in various ways. Among them: Merchandise: Nov. 27 was the largest Black Friday sales day in NBAstore.com history — and seven of the top 10 items sold were Warriors products. They were the top-selling team, and Curry was the top-selling player. Three days later, on Cyber Monday, six of the top 10 items sold at NBAstore.com were Curry-related, and again, the Warriors were the top-selling team.
The NBA has unveiled the All-Star uniforms with a salute to Canada, with the game being played in Toronto. Game jerseys will have a patch with the maple leaf and the Raptors alternate logo. In the release, Adidas says part of it is a nod to the first NBA game on Nov. 1, 1946 that pitted the Toronto Huskies vs. the New York Knickerbockers.
“This is the first NBA All-Star Game to be played outside the United States, and it is a very exciting time for basketball in Canada,” said Chris Grancio, adidas global basketball general manager. “To honor this global celebration and pay tribute to Toronto – the site of the NBA’s first game – we’ve incorporated design elements that are inspired by the city’s basketball history, sports culture and unique fashion scene to make an All-Star collection that players and fans will love.”