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• Boston’s Public Improvement Commission has approved a request by the Red Sox to change the name of Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park, named after former owner Tom Yawkey (1933-1976), back to its original name, Jersey Street, following allegations about Yawkey (who died in 1976) being a racist. According to the Red Sox, “Today’s vote is an important step in our ongoing effort to make Fenway Park a place where everyone feels welcome.”

• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has written a book, Racing to the Finish: My Story, scheduled to be released Oct. 16. He calls it a “candid, first-person account of what seemed at first as a minor racing accident but ultimately forced life-changing decisions.”

• The NBA has signed a multi-year deal with Perform Media that will see the digital sports content-#media group manage the NBA’s official Web sites in 15+ international markets, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico and Spain. The NBA said it has 20 such localized sites

• The Drone Racing League has expended its presence in France with  a 2018 race in France at the Allianz Riviera stadium and a media partnership with Groupe AB. DRL has also signed an extension of the Allianz title partnership of the DRL Championship Race Series for an additional five years.

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4. Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward CB (Ohio State)
5. Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb DE (NC State)
6. Indianapolis Colts: Quentin Nelson G (Notre Dame)
7. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen QB (Wyoming)
8. Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith LB (Georgia)
9. San Francisco 49ers: Mike McGlinchey OT (Notre Dame)
10. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Rosen QB (UCLA)

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Oct282015

Wilson Leads Pack Of Quarterbacks Atop NFL Top-Selling Player Merchandise List

By Barry Janoff

October 28, 2015: Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is not only one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, he has the best-selling merchandise, including  both men’s and women’s Nike jerseys, women’s apparel and  collegiate co-branded products.

Wilson also leads three other quarterbacks — Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) — who hold the Top Four spots in merchandise sales among all NFL players for the year-to-date from March 1 through Aug. 31, 2015, according to information released by the NFL Players Assn. and its licensing and marketing arm NFL Players Inc.

The list is based on overall sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 80 NFLPA licensees.

They include Aminco, Bleacher Creatures, Fanatics, FanPrint, Fathead, FBF Originals, Forever Collectibles, McFarlane Toys, New Era, Nike, Outerstuff, Oyo Sportstoys, Photo File and VF Imagewear.

The NFLPA did not reveal sales figures.

Wilson was also the leader in merchandise sales from March 1, 2014- Feb. 28, 2015, according to the NFLPA, suring which time retail sales from official NFLPI licensees topped $1.4 billion.

Brady lead in sales for Q1, from March 1- May 31, 2015, per the NFLPA.

Among the Top 25, there are ten quarterbacks, four wide receivers, three running backs, three tight ends and five defensive players, the latter led by J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, at No. 5; and defensive back Richard Sherman of the Seahawks at No. 8.

The only rookie in the Top 25 is Marcus Mariota, quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, at No. 17.

Two players had significant moves up the list from Q1 to Q2: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, from No. 41 to No. 24, and Miami Dolphins quarterback while Ryan Tannehill , from No. 44 to No. 29.

There are just three rookies among the Top 50, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston at No. 26 and Amari Cooper, wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders, at No. 48, joining Mariota.

Among the specifics released by the NFLPA and NFLPI:

• Six Seattle players are featured in the Top 25 of jersey sales. Watt leads defensive players in Nike jersey sales (No. 5) while second-year player Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants) debuts in the Top 10 (No. 9).

• Peyton Manning leads all sales in name- and number-branded T-shirts, while Rodgers is the leader among women’s T-shirts.

• Brady is outselling all players in Fatheads, Oyo Sportstoys and Funkos.

• Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) leads sales in Bobbleheads and FBF Originals socks.

• Watt has sold the most from a new collection of Bleacher Creature plush dolls.

• Among the top sellers in collegiate co-branded products, Wilson (Wisconsin) leads in Oyo Sportstoys, Mariota (Oregon) in Photo File images and Fatheads and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (Auburn) in jersey sales reported by Fanatics.

• Wilson, Peyton Manning, Rodgers, Watt and Brady are most popular among kids in hardlines and apparel, which includes licensees Bleacher Creatures, Outerstuff and Oyo Sportstoys.
    
• Wilson, Peyton Manning, Rodgers, Watt and Bryant are the Top Five in women's apparel.

• Eight defensive players are among the Top 50 leaders in hardlines: Watt, Sherman, Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers), Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh Steelers, retired), Malcolm Butler (New England Patriots), Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders), Sean Lee (Dallas Cowboys) and Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers).

• Four members of the Green Bay Packers are among the best-sellers in New Era hate: Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Matthews and Eddie Lacy.

Top 50 Player Sales Report
(YTD March 1 – Aug. 31, 2015)
1. Russell Wilson, QB
2. Tom Brady, QB
3. Peyton Manning, QB
4. Aaron Rodgers, QB
5. J.J. Watt, DE
6. Dez Bryant, WR
7. Colin Kaepernick, QB
8. Richard Sherman, DB
9. Jason Witten, TE
10. Odell, Beckham, Jr. WR
11. Rob Gronkowski, TE
12. Marshawn Lynch, RB
13. Tony Romo, QB
14. Andrew Luck, QB
15. Drew Brees, QB
16..Jordy Nelson, WR
17. Marcus Mariota, QB
18. Calvin Johnson, WR
19. Clay Matthews, LB
20. DeMarco Murray, RB
21. Jimmy Graham, TE
22. Matt Forte, RB
23. Joe Haden, DB
24. Teddy Bridgewater, QB
25. Luke Kuechly, LB
26. Jameis Winston, QB
27. Antonio Brown, WR
28. Kam Chancellor, SS
29. Ryan Tannehill, QB
30. Eli Manning, QB
31. Earl Thomas, DB
32. Derek Carr, QB
33. Sammy Watkins, WR
34. Eddie Lacy, RB
35. Jamaal Charles, RB
36. Le'Veon Bell, RB
37. Alshon Jeffery, WR
38. LeSean McCoy, RB
39. Khalil Mack, LB
40. Philip Rivers, QB
41. Joe Flacco, QB
42. Ndamukong Suh, DL
43. Cam Newton, QB
44. Ben Roethlisberger, QB
45. Julian Edelman, WR
46. A.J. Green, WR
47. Darrelle Revis, DB
48. Amari Cooper, WR
49. Demaryius Thomas, WR
50. Navorro Bowman, LB
SOURCE: NFLPA/NFLPI

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