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Volume 6 No. 266
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Nike Tops 'Influential Brand' Ranking In China; Basketball Ranks Higher Than Football

Nike is the "most influential sports brand in China," followed by the Chinese Basketball Association and the Chinese Super League, according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Adidas and New Balance occupy fourth and fifth place, respectively. The ranking of brands was produced by business-to-business website and the China Data Center. According to Yutang Sports, the top 50 brands were ranked "according to brand awareness, reputation, consumer preference, market share and other indexes related to brand influence." What is "noticeable" between the '16 and '17 lists is the number of apparel firms in '16 that "dropped out" of the '17 Top 50. They appear to have been "replaced by a move towards events and venues in the Chinese psyche."

2017 Top 10 Influential Brands

  1. Nike
  2. CBA
  3. CSL
  4. adidas
  5. New Balence
  6. Anta
  7. XTEP
  8. NBA China Games
  9. Li-Ning
  10. China Open (Tennis) (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 1/15).