In Birmingham, Sam Blum noted Auburn F Danjel Purifoy's mother, Waukesha Blevins, has "posted on Facebook multiple times about selling T-shirts with Purifoy's image," in which he is "wearing an Auburn jersey." Blevins' post on May 16 read, "This is the picture that's going to be on the shirts with (Home Town Hero) on the back so if you would like to place an order please do so at this time." There were then "several follow-up posts relating to the T-shirts," all of which "refer to collecting T-shirt money" (AL.com, 5/28).
KIND OF A BAG DEAL: GOLF.com's Jonathan Wall noted golfer Harold Varner III has signed a "metalwoods, putter and staff bag deal with Callaway Golf." He was recently "seen at the PGA Championship with the brand's staff bag" and other equipment. Varner will "continue to wear Jordan Brand apparel," which he has done since the beginning of '18. The move is an "intriguing one for Callaway, who has historically signed players to full staff deals" (GOLF.com, 5/28).
ONE-STOP SHOP: Walmart will be "selling jerseys for the 10 teams in the League of Legends Championship Series" through the retailer's online LCS Fan Shop. Walmart recently "began selling esports merchandise from We Are Nations, which serves as the merchandise partner for the LCS." This announcement comes after Walmart said last year that "five of its stores will host Esports Arena venues" (ESPORTSOBSERVER.com, 5/29).