Merchandising Rumors

The Indiana Pacers will celebrate their 50th season by honoring the great players of the past with commemorative bobbleheads to be distributed free to arriving fans on “Decade Games” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The season-long celebration begins with the Pacers Opening Night presented by Kroger on Wed., Oct. 26, when the team plays host to Dallas and celebrates the 50th season as Hall of Fame Coach Bobby “Slick” Leonard bobbleheads will be given to the first 15,000 fans. In addition, the Pacers’ first General Manager, Mike Storen, will be recognized along with representatives of the Pacers’ first ownership group.
The Golden State Warriors will host three Limited Edition Bobblehead Nights at Oracle Arena during the 2016-17 regular season, it was announced today. The first 10,000 fans to enter the arena on November 28 (vs. Atlanta), December 20 (vs. Utah) and January 10 (vs. Miami) will receive a Bobblehead. The team will host Kevin Durant Limited Edition Bobblehead Night on Monday, November 28, against the Atlanta Hawks (tip-off 7:30 p.m.), depicting the seven-time NBA All-Star and 2013-14 NBA MVP.
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.”
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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 Season ticket prices for the 2016-17 campaign will increase on Feb. 17 and at various points throughout the remainder of the year.