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• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• Showtime Sports will launch on Oct. 21 a weekly podcast, All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, in which the two NBA veterans (now retired) and NBA champs (Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, respectively), will “deliver an authentic, unfiltered perspective on the most polarizing topics in and around the game of basketball.”  It will air Thursdays on the Showtime Basketball YouTube Channel.  

• Bluberi Gaming has signed a deal with WWE to develop a series of licensed slot games featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Among those to be featured include John Cena, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey. The first WWE series of slot games is scheduled to hit casinos October 2020.

• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts.” A publication date was not given.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
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1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Apr162018

Pump It Up: Sports And Fitness Product Category Tops $90B, Up $17B Since 2010

By Barry Janoff

April 16, 2018: Sales in the sports and fitness industry are healthy and getting strong, topping $90 billion in 2017, up 2.9% in 2017 versus the previous year.

That represents the best annual growth in three years according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Assn., the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers, retailers and partners.

The total is up $6 billion from $84.3 billion in 2014, and up a whopping $16 billion from $74 billion in 2010.

The overall sports equipment category was $24.9 billion in sales, according to the SFIA 2018 Manufacturers’ Sales Report.

“The sports and fitness products industry is resilient,” said Tom Cove, president and CEO for SFIA.

“Though we have faced profound changes in retail landscape and consumer behavior, the industry continues to innovate and deliver products that Americans want, in order to maintain their desired active lifestyle.”

In conjunction with the report, SFIA released an open letter to the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee “addressing concern over proposed tariffs.”

Theh letter read, in part: “The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) joins 100+ other organizations in expressing concern over the detrimental effects an additional $100 billion in new tariffs on Chinese-made products would have on American businesses, workers, consumers and the economy.

“Essentially, as tariffs increase, companies will be forced to increase product costs in order to cover the additional tariffs and offset any impact it has on sales. When the cost of basic necessities jump, American consumers will have no choice but to pay more or abstain from the market; which will, in turn, place a greater strain on the U.S. economy.

“A trade war is not an effective way to fix the current situation with China, and it is vital that any actions taken by the U.S. does not intensify or aggravate the current problem at hand.”

According to the SFIA’s separate just-released report, 2018 Sports, Fitness, and Leisure Activities Topline Participation, which tracked participation in 120 sports, recreation and fitness activities, 2017 inactivity rates slightly increased from 2016, 81.4 million to 82.4 million.

Categories that showed “significant one-year increases in casual participation included baseball (12.9%), basketball (14.1%), field hockey (15.9%) and indoor soccer (13.2%).

The 2018 Manufacturers’ Sales Report, “dissects the sports and fitness product market, based on the U.S. wholesale dollar sales data of sports equipment, exercise equipment, activewear apparel, sports apparel, licensed merchandise and footwear."

Cross-training style workouts, rowing machines, and kettlebells all showed growth in 2017, according to the SFIA.
 
In 2017, sports equipment sales increased by 3.1%, with basketballs, batting gloves, baseball protective gear and camping coolers registering healthy category growth.

Regarding fitness, the fitness apparel category experienced strong gains at 12.3%, while the exercise and fitness products market maintained its relatively flat year-over-year pattern, measuring out to $5.2 billion in sales.

Overall, the report shows that “institutional exercise products are slightly up and consumer exercise products are slightly down.”

"The industry continues to innovate and deliver products that Americans want, in order to maintain their desired active lifestyle.”

In apparel, the accessories sector of branded athletic apparel has experienced notable growth (nearing 5% in some categories), creating more opportunity for niche products in the marketplace, according to SFIA.

In addition, following what was called an “unpredictable few years in the footwear industry, where the classic/original brand styles have been increasing at a faster rate than any other category," fitness/workout, footwear is now outpacing the classic/original styles.

“While both categories are showing steady, healthy gains, sales of fitness/workout footwear have increased by 5.3%, while classic/originals have increased by 3.5%.”

Meanwhile, the running shoe category "continues to dominate the shoe market, grossing nearly double the amount of any other footwear category, and maintains strong, consistent growth at 2.1%," according to SFIA.

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