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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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7. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

8. James Harden Houston Rockets
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Feb202014

On The Run: Running, Fitness, Sports Footwear Sales Hit Record $10.5 Billion

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

February 19, 2014: Good news for Nike, adidas, Reebok, Under Armour, Asics, New Balance, Mizuno, Brooks and others in the running/fitness, sports footwear, and apparel and accessories category.

Sales of those goods in 2013 sporting goods chain stores in the U.S. hit $10.5 billion, an increase of 6% over 2012. The leader was running shoe, where unit sales increased 3% and dollar sales increased 1% to $2.6 billion in 2013, according to Leisure Trends, a division of research and analytics firm NPD Group, Port Washington, NY.

The high points in run/fitness footwear in 2013 were cross trainers, up 5% to $353 million; and casual sandals, up 17% to $280 million.

Among the brands with spots currently on-air are Asics ("Gotta Run" pictured below) supporting the Aiscs' Gel; Reebok ("Underdog" pictured bottom) for ZQuick; and Under Armour ("Apollo" pictured above) for its SpeedForm running shoe.

It was not all good news, however. Sales of walking shoes were down 32% to $23 million, and multi-sport shoes were down 16% to $171 million, according to NPD.

On the strength of sportswear, where retail sales increased 14% to $2.7 billion, overall apparel sales rose nearly 8% to $4.6 billion, per NPD.

With sales totaling $2.1 billion, accessories gained 10% vs. 2012. Growth was driven by head wear ($270 million, up 25%), hand wear ($56 million, up 14%) and socks ($735 million, up 21%).

Run specialty retail dollar sales increased 2% to $909 million. However, unit sales fell 4% while average retail prices rose 6%.

According to NPD, "Most major categories experienced increases in revenue and decreases in units sold." Run specialty apparel units declined 2% and dollar sales were down 1% at $95 million, while the average retail price increased 3%. In dollars, sportswear fell 1%, while running outerwear gained 8 percent.

Run specialty accessories saw dollar sales reach $173 million in 2013, an increase of 1%, with unit sales falling 5%.

Separately, core U.S. outdoor retail channels saw sales of all outdoor products increase 6.4% to $6.9 billion in 2013, the largest full-year dollar total on record, according to Leisure Trends. Sales of cold weather outdoor apparel, footwear and accessories increased 9% and make up $2.2 billion of the total $6.9 billion.

Cold weather apparel and accessories — which include insulated and non-insulated jackets, shells and fleece, base layers, hand wear, headwear, and winter boots — experienced strong sales across much of the country in 2013., per NPD.

These categories saw a sales increase of 9.5% in November and December alone vs. 2012, with outerwear accounting for 68% of the $2.2 billion.

“With winter arriving earlier than last year and numerous deep freezes blanketing the country, sales have outpaced industry expectations,” Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for NPD Group, said in a statement.

"Extreme weather conditions can be a boon for outdoor industry retailers, but it also presents its own challenges," said Cohen. "Retailers in areas affected by cold weather have enjoyed brisk sales, but as their inventories draw down they might be running low on key styles, sizes, and colors. For retailers affected by the drought, one of the biggest drags on the outerwear market was due to the warmer, drier conditions experienced in western coastal states.”

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