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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 17 / 17

$3M  -- Amount that Chinese basketball player Guo Ailun will get annually from Jordan Brand as part of his new shoe deal. Guo is the first international athlete to have his own Jordan signature sneaker ( ESPN.com, 8/17 )

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Facility Notes

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