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NBA Jersey Ads Likely in 2013

At a press conference yesterday in Las Vegas, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said that team owners were broadly in favor of a plan to put 2.5-by-2.5-inch sponsor patches above the heart on team uniforms. The plan still awaits formal approval, but Silver said he expects guidelines to be in place by the start of the coming season so that teams have a year to sell the patches and Adidas, which makes NBA uniforms, has time to add them to jerseys sold in stores.

Eric Smallwood of Front Row Marketing Services, who has studied the television exposure of various on-jersey ads, says that profit number may be close to $125 million. Smallwood anticipates an average annual price of between $4 million and $4.5 million for patch deals, with a range of $1.5 million to $7.5 million depending on a team’s market and players.

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