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• Topps, the exclusive trading card partner of MLB, has named retired slugger David Ortiz as a spokesperson and Topps Now "lead scout." In this role, "Ortiz will work with the Topps team in picking the best moments of the MLB season and support Topps' initiatives throughout the year, including National Baseball Card Day."

• On Location Experiences, the official hospitality partner for the NFL, said that premium ticket and hospitality packages for Super Bowl LIII are now available for purchase at NFLOnLocation.com. Super Bowl LIII will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta on Feb. 3, 2019.  “Excitement for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta next year is already building, and we’re proud to be part of it,” said John Collins, CEO of On Location Experiences.

• Reebok has named Karen Reuther as global creative director. Reuther will head brand- and consumer-focused creative leadership across all design disciplines for Reebok, including working alongside product and marketing teams to deliver innovative, performance-led products for consumers across both fitness and lifestyle sides of the brand.  
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Top-Selling MLB Jerseys (Jan.-May 2018)

1. Jose Altuve Houston Astros
2. Aaron Judge New York Yankees
3. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees
5. George Springer Houston Astros
6. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
7. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
8. Shohei Otani Los Angeles Angels
9. Carlos Corea Hoston Astros
10. Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox
11. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
12. Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
14. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

SOURCE: MLBShop.com

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Sep222017

Behind adidas, Chevrolet, Global Fans, Manchester United Scores Record Revenue

By Barry Janoff

September 21, 2017: Manchester United is the third most valuable sports franchise in the world and No. 1 among all soccer clubs — worth $3.69 billion — and their just-released year-end financial statement shows they have kept, and are ready to keep on, making money.

Among the numbers shared this week for the 12 months ending June 30, 2017:

• Total revenue was a record $786.2 million, up 12.8% versus 2016, when the team set a then record revenue of $696.8 million.

•  Sponsorship revenue was $219.5M, +1.4% over the prior year.

The club said it had 12 sponsorship deals signed during the fiscal year, nine global sponsorship partnerships, one regional sponsorship partnership and two financial services and MUTV partnerships.

• Retail, Merchandising, Apparel & Product Licensing revenue was $140.6 million, an increase of 6.9% over the prior year, "primarily due to a full year contribution from (our) adidas agreement."

Manchester United’s kit deal with adidas, which began with the 2015-16 season, was put at more than $101.4 million.

• Broadcasting revenue for the year was $262.5 million, an increase of 38.2% over the prior year "primarily due to the new Premier League broadcasting rights agreement plus progression to, and success in winning, the UEFA Europa League final.”

The team is majority owned by members of the Glazer family, who also are majority owners of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

European news agencies are reporting that Real Madrid is on verge of signing the largest jersey sponsorship deal in soccer history, renewing with Emirates Airline for $335.5 million through 2022.

That would top Manchester United’s deal with Chevrolet ($190.7 million) and FC Barcelona’s $254.2 million deal with Rakuten (which last week signed a three-year $60 million deal for jersey-patch sponsorship with the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors).

ManU sponsors also include Aeroflot, Aon, Apollo Tyres, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, DHL, EA Sports, Epson, Gulf, New Era, Tag Heuer and Toshiba Medical.

Manchester United embraced its fans in the U.S. with a summer tour that included games against MLS’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Salt Lake City as well as Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The club has more than 14.4 million followers on its main Twitter account, 72.1 million plus on Facebook and 19.1 million followers on Instagram.

The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys top the list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises worldwide, valued at $4.2 billion, with MLB’s New York Yankees second at $3.7 billion, according to Forbes.

Two soccer teams follow Manchester United: Barcelona ($3.64 billion) and Real Madrid ($3.58 billion).

"We concluded a successful 2016/17 season with a total of three trophies and a return to Champions League football," Ed Woodward, executive vce chairman for Manchester United, said in a statement.

"We are pleased with the investment in our squad and look forward to an exciting season."

The Manchester Untied year was not all about games and finances.

Sports teams and athletes in the city responded in force to the tragic events that occurred just outside Manchester Arena on May 22 following a concert by Ariana Grande, when 22 people were killed and many others injured in a bombing attack.

They included Manchester United, Manchester City, Manchester Rugby Club and two-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, who currently plays for Manchester City’s women’s team.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, including our supporters, club staff and members of our community such as the children from our Manchester United Foundation partner schools who were attending the concert at the Arena," the club said in a statement at the time.

ManU offered personal and facilities to aid those in need. "Club staff are ready to help the police and other emergency services in any way that may be required at this challenging time for our city."

(Details on the Red Cross efforts for the Manchester Relief Fund are here.)

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