The NBA board of governors on Thursday approved a three-year pilot program to allow teams to sell advertising space on their jerseys. The program will begin with the 2017-18 season, and extend through the 2019-20 season.
Each team will be responsible for selling its own sponsorships. The sponsorships, in the form of patches that will measure approximately 2.5-inches by 2.5-inches, will be placed on the front left of game jerseys. Teams can now start engaging with potential advertisers, giving them enough lead time to secure contracts.
The value individual teams could hope to generate from such jersey ad sales could range widely, from perhaps as low as $1 million per year for small-market teams like the Memphis Grizzlies to more than $10 million per year for large-market teams like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, which could equate to at least $150 million per year in total.
Individual teams will keep 50 percent of the ad money they generate, and contribute the remaining 50 percent to the revenue-sharing pool for the benefit of smaller-market, lower-revenue-generating teams.
The new revenue would be counted as basketball-related income in accordance with the terms of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement and, therefore, split with the players. It would also, in turn, increase future salary cap levels.
Based upon the currently negotiated split of revenues, players would be in line to receive 51 percent of the new revenues, which equates to $77 million of a potential $150 million total.
Based on the current salary cap calculation methodology, the new revenues would increase future cap levels by at least $2.2 million (excluding any associated adjustments). Read more…