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Terry Lefton

Staff writer Terry Lefton covers marketing, including sponsorships, licensing and merchandising.

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Wish Granted: Lakers Sign Patch Deal With E-Commerce Company Worth $12-14M Annually

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 21 / 17

The Lakers have signed a jersey patch deal with S.F.-based e-commerce company Wish. The three-year agreement, according to a source, is between $12-14M annually, putting it on the top tier of NBA jersey patch deals. The Warriors' recent jersey patch deal with Rakuten is worth $20M annually but also ...

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