Dec 23, 2019

Nike's Colin Kaepernick shoes sell out on first day

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Adult sizes of Nike's "True to 7" sneakers, which pay tribute to former NFL quarterback and political activist Colin Kaepernick, sold out on their first day, according to the company website.

The big picture: Kaepernick has been a controversial figure since 2016, when he began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. Nike embraced the athlete in 2018, featuring him prominently in the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" ad campaign. The company's support for Kaepernick resulted in a #BoycottNike movement.

Kaepernick is no longer in the NFL. He alleged in 2018 that NFL team owners colluded to keep him off rosters due to his politics, but settled a lawsuit against the league in February.

Go deeper: Kaepernick becomes new face of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign

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After Iran strike, Kaepernick blasts "American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people"

Colin Kaepernick at his NFL workout on Nov. 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia. Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

NFL quarterback and political activist Colin Kaepernick denounced "America militarism" on Saturday, following a U.S. strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

Between the lines: It's unclear if Kaepernick is directly denouncing the attack on Soleimani — since he does not explicitly reference him — or if he's using the Iranian commander's death as an opportunity to broadly criticize U.S. military involvement in the Middle East.

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Joel Embiid becomes 16th current NBA player with signature shoe

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

76ers All-Star Joel Embiid will launch his first signature shoe with Under Armour this fall, making him the 16th current NBA player — and only center — to have one.

How it works: Signature shoes incorporate the athlete's design and performance feedback throughout the creative process and include a 5% royalty from the sales of each pair, per ESPN's Nick DePaula.

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Increased viewership ups the stakes for the NFL's broadcast rights

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Viewership of televised NFL games was up 5% to 16.5 million for the 2019 regular season, its second consecutive annual increase of 5%.

Why it matters: The rebound in viewership from previous two years will give the NFL higher leverage when negotiating new distribution deals with media partners.

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