It's the ultimate NBA popularity contest: the annual list of the league's best selling jerseys. Fans put down their hard - earned cash to support the players they love the most. While some players remain consistently popular there are always surprises who crack the top 10.
The NBA’s top-selling jerseys list is based on sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the 2010-11 NBA season and is the official list released by the league.
So, which players wear the best-selling NBA jerseys? Click ahead to find out!
By Tom Rotunno
Posted 13 April 2011
For years, the NBA and NFL have put out their best selling jersey sales. It's the best measure of marketability and popularity, since it's fans voting with their wallets.
Major League Baseball, which set a record for merchandise sales last year, is entering the game with its top selling jerseys over the past year. Sales are from the 2010 calendar year and recorded by its official jersey maker Majestic.
So, what were the best-selling MLB jerseys, by player, in the past year? Click ahead to find out!
When LeBron James left the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2010 and became a free agent, many teams tried to gain his services. A media frenzy ensued and in the hours leading up to the announcement of James’ new team, speculation reached a fever pitch. Finally, he ended the suspense and announced that he would sign with the Miami Heat.
The Cavaliers were forgotten in the chaos and without him they became just another team, at one point losing 25 games in a row and, according to analysis from one sports investment banker, are now worth $100 million less than the $375 million that owner Dan Gilbert paid for them.
Many other sports teams have seen their fortune go from good to bad when a star athlete jumps ship, and though they may not have been as costly as the James-Cavaliers defection, the team suffers nonetheless and may take years to recover, with some feeling the pain more than once. These defections are a direct result of the player’s choice, instead of them being traded from team to team, so these moves were basically all up to the players.
Click ahead to see some of the most painful defections in sports history.
By Daniel Bukszpan, Special for CNBC.com
Posted 18 Feb 2011
This year's Super Bowl features the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But there will be no cheerleaders. The Packers and the Steelers are just two of six teams (along with the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears) that don't field a pom-pom waving squad.
Although their seasons are over, cheerleaders are an important part of the NFL offseason for the 26 teams that do have them. Why? Because, when executed well, they provide endless clicks for Web surfing fans and additional revenue in appearances (teams usually charge between $100 and $500 per hour per cheerleader) and swimsuit calendar revenue. In fact, with plenty of women to audition and money to be had (most cheerleaders make less than $100 a game), the number of cheerleaders has increased exponentially in recent years.
In 2010, 15 teams each dressed more than 30 cheerleaders for games and have found ways, especially online, to generate revenue from their top squads. However, as valuations go, NFL teams are hesitant to put a dollar figure on their cheerleading squads, but the use of these cheerleaders as a vehicle for marketing is certainly in the public eye.
Here is my ranking of the top 10 teams that take the most monetary advantage of their cheerleaders.
By Darren Rovell
Posted 27 Jan 2011
With more than 40 percent of NFL fans being female, jerseys tailored for women have become popular in recent years. So it’s interesting to see what jerseys men buy that women don’t and vice versa.
With sales of female jerseys rising exponentially, there’s big business in selling player specific apparel to the female NFL fans. According to data provided by NFLShop.com, the jerseys that are popular among women are much different than those favored by men.
So, whose jersey sells the most? Click ahead to find out!
By Darren Rovell
Posted 25 Jan 2011
Professional football is the nation's most popular sport with most NFL games being sellouts.
For many highly coveted games, die hard fans without season tickets have to tap into the secondary market to score a seat. Although many games remain in high demand, the NFL expects overall ticket sales to be down this year, while at the same time 18 of 32 teams raised prices for the 2010 season, due to the effects of today's economy.
To get an idea of which seats are the most expensive in the NFL, ticket search engine FanSnap.com put together the top 10 average listing prices by game.
Ticket values are as of 9/9/10 and are based on current asking prices from sellers in a secondary marketplace, which may not equate to ticket face values and will fluctuate depending on demand.
So, where are fans paying the most for their seats this season? Click ahead to find out!
By Darren Rovell
Posted 9 Sept 2010
With the college football season upon us, it's time to look at the most coveted games. Rivalries and powerhouse matchups dominate the most sought-after tickets, but which games will cost you the most to attend?
To answer this question, FanSnap.com , an online ticket search engine, organized the ticket prices for games based on highest average asking price on the secondary market, culled from more than 60 ticketing web sites.
Ticket values are as of 9/2/10 and are based on current asking prices from sellers in a secondary marketplace, which may not equate to ticket face values and will fluctuate depending on demand.
So, where will fans be paying the most for their seats this year? Click ahead to find out!
By Darren Rovell & Paul Toscano
Posted 3 Sept 2010
By Darren Rovell
Posted 3 June 2010
On June 2nd 2010, Ken Griffey Jr, one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history, announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after 21 years playing the game.
In honor of Ken Griffey Jr.'s retirement, I've put together my list of the most iconic baseball cards of all-time, taking a look at the cards that have most dramatically caught the eye of collectors around the country. Griffey Jr’s cards were highly coveted early in his career – not only because he was a fan-favorite and highly marketable – but also because his early career put him on a trajectory to shatter records.
Keep in mind that the cards listed here aren’t necessarily the most valuable, instead, they have received the most chatter from collectors and baseball enthusiasts over the years. But to give context, we’ve included price information from Beckett.com .
So, what are the most iconic baseball cards of all time? Click ahead to see the list!
CNBC Sports Business Reporter