By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @kcsportsmgmt @crawssportsbiz @wchoops
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Under Armour---- It was a huge year for Under Armour in United State sales, as they surpassed Adidas as the number two in sales of footwear and apparel in the U.S. market. Under Armour recorded sales of $2.6 billion, compared to Adidas 1.6 billion for the 11 months ending December 31st of 2014.
Of course, it is a long way to catch number one Nike, with U.S. sales of $11.8 billion, which excludes $2.7 billion of sales from Jordan Brand.
U. C. Board Of Regents---- The U. of California board of regents this past week voted to table their rules that would have required coaches within the system to have their contract bonus money tied to academic performance.
The reason for tabling the vote, of the 120 varsity teams that compete within the system, it would have meant little change, as the rule adoption by the time of the vote had become so watered down, it would have made almost zero difference.
Ernie Banks--- Best idea I have heard since the passing this past week of the iconic Ernie Banks, was that in 2015, all major league baseball teams play a doubleheader to honor Banks, who was always famous for saying, "Let's play 2."
Adidas--- Speaking of Adidas, this past week they renewed their agreement with the U of Louisville, though the 2017-18 sports season, with an option for both parties through the 2018-19 season.
Total amount of the agreement is $39 million. Louisville head men's basketball coach Rick Pitino has often taken some jabs at Nike over the years. sometimes becoming almost angry.
Boston Red Sox---- Boston has probably made the most off-season moves of any baseball team in Major League Baseball. It has helped in tickets sales, as currently the average Red Sox ticket on the secondary market is $154.06, up 49 percent from 2014.
Super Bowl--- Oh yes, what would we do without a Super Bowl segment in Crawford's Sports Biz. Many ex-NFL players will descend of Phoenix this week, not to see the game, but to pick up a little extra cash coming from appearance fees.
The two players that command the biggest fee. Phil Simms and Joe Montana, who both will get $60,000 per appearance.
Quarterbacks always win out, right?
more of Gregory's blogs---- http://gregcrawfordbasketball.blogspot.com (written everyday, except Monday)