The King is back on top. The Miami Heat’s LeBron James has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the National Basketball Association’s best-selling jersey list. The reigning NBA finals’ MVP is back in the position he last held in April 2011.
This is the third time James has finished in the top spot on the most popular jersey list, which is released twice a year.
The current list is based on sales at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue and on NBAStore.com from April 2012 through Nov. 26, 2012.
James, who was previously ranked fourth on the best-selling list, takes the top spot from injured Chicago Bull Derrick Rose, who falls to number five. The Oklahoma Thunder’s Kevin Durant, coming off his first NBA finals debut in June, jumps from the eighth spot to No. 2. Rounding out the top five is Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, who has had the top-selling jersey six times and the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony.
Comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time” recently acknowledged owning a minority share of the Mets baseball team. It got us thinking about other celebs who are investing in sports.
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Electronic Arts is trying to adapt to the new digital landscape.
EA is going to where the consumers are, launching Madden Social, which works across Facebook and smartphones. Start the game on Facebook and finish it on your iPhone — it’s cross platform. And the game is free. COO Peter Moore also re-cast EA Sports Football Club as “football’s social network.” The idea is that FIFA is already a social network for fans of the sport, now EA will enable fans to connect to their FIFA experiences on any device, at any time, and to connect to each other. The goal is to get fans to play more and longer.
Former undrafted D-Leaguer Jeremy Lin cracking the list at No. 2, beating out the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and his teammate, Carmelo Anthony. That’s taking into account the fact that Lin jerseys didn’t even hit the market until mid-February and the sales ranking started in April 2011. But when Lin did start lighting it up for the New York Knicks, boy did the masses buy his gear. Not only did New Yorkers embrace “Linsanity” but people around the world inspired by the Harvard graduate’s rise to fame also bought his jersey. And one can’t discount his Asian heritage helping things along, driving international sales to NBAStore.com and other retailers.
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AshleyMadison.com, a Web site that matches married people to pursue affairs, is offering $1 million to any woman who can prove she has had sex with the devout Christian, who has insisted he is still a virgin and will wait until he is married. Founder, Noel Biderman will pay $1 million to any woman who can prove she sacked Tebow in bed and the offer extends through his first season in New York.
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To kick off the NHL playoffs airing tonight on CNBC, our Squawk Box team had a little fun on the ice. Check out some behind-the-scenes shots of Becky, Andrew, and Joe in the rink.
Catch the NHL PLAYOFFS on CNBC TONIGHT: DETROIT VS. NASHVILLE at 8:00 pm ET.
Nike unveiled 32 redesigned professional uniforms as part of a five-year partnership with the National Football League announced Tuesday, and wearing what the pros wear won’t be cheap. Nike President, Charlie Denson told CNBC that these are “actual game” jerseys, which have a tighter fit and cost $250 each.
If my calculations are right, tonight’s tip time puts halftime around 10:30pm ET, the end of the game at around 11:50 pm ET and the annual tradition of One Shining Moment at around 10 minutes past midnight. The National Sleep Foundation says the average adult goes to sleep at 10:53 pm. If you are a sports fan, it’s a special night, but more than an hour later on a work week?
Michael Levine stood out in the room full of media at Tim Tebow’s Jets news conference on Monday. The co-head of CAA Sports, dressed in a dapper suit, schmoozed TV media types and looked on like a proud businessman.
After all, Tim Tebow was his business.
Well, sort of.
CAA’s Hollywood rival, William Morris Endeavor, actually also counts Tebow as a client.
When the 13th seeded Ohio Bobcats take on North Carolina tonight in the NCAA Tournament, the team is also playing the underdog role for its apparel sponsor, Russell Athletic. In 2006, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought Russell Athletic for $600 million. Since then, the company has led a quiet existence. But this year’s NCAA Tournament, has put the brand back in the public eye, thanks to Russell having its best NCAA Tournament ever.
Those who spend their hours on the field may court blunt force trauma, but that doesn’t mean they can’t injure themselves off the field as well. Yes, even professional athletes suffer the same stubbed toes, paper cuts and tumbles down the stairs as the rest of us.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Broncos and Jets have encountered a hangup in the language of Tim Tebow’s contract, which could ultimately nix the deal. Per Schefter, Tebow has $5 million worth of recapture language, meaning ultimately the Jets would have to pay back that money to Denver.
According to Schefter, if the Jets are unwillingly to pay that money, the deal could fall through, at which time the St. Louis Rams could jump back into the conversation.
In a surprise move, the Denver Broncos have traded quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets for two draft picks. The move is somewhat surprising, given the fact that the Jets handed starting quarterback Mark Sanchez a $40.5 million contract extension earlier this month, with $20.5 million guaranteed. Tebow is expected to complement Sanchez, although it’s unclear at this time to what extent.
Whether it’s filling out your brackets, sneaking a peek at scores or watching a game at work, it can be a real time suck. A whopping 86 percent of employees said they plan to follow some of the tournament while at work.