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Do players get royalties?

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02-25-2013, 06:09 PM
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Do players get royalties?

Coming from the music business world and looking at all these musical contracts, reading music news and dealing with all that.

I wondered did players get any sort of royalties on merchandise? Like percentage on jerseys, t-shirts, fatheads, etc...

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02-25-2013, 06:58 PM
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All (legal) merchandise with player image on them requires either an individual agreement with said player, or a licensing agreement through the union.

(If there's a usage of the team logo/nickname, the league/team also has their side of the licensing arrangement.)

Direct agreement with player goes directly, like endorsing deals, into the player's account.

Union licensing agreement is divided as specified by NHLPA. (In the past, those monies have helped fund the expenses of running the union and in some cases put in the "war chest" for lockout/strikes.)

This includes photographs, t-shirts, jerseys, hats, keychains, bumper stickers, etc.

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02-26-2013, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by LadyStanley View Post
All (legal) merchandise with player image on them requires either an individual agreement with said player, or a licensing agreement through the union.
Ya, precisely, and some major differences from the music/entertainment sectors, though so too some similarities, parallels. According to Forbes, their isnt a single NHL hockey player breaking into the Top 100 (sports only, combining annual contracts with endorsement deals) in earnings, the highest ranking being Sidney Crosby with about $4M over & above his annual salary of app $8M+. Deals with Reebok, Tim Hortons, Bell Canada & Gatorade, along with a longer standing & fairly lucrative one he & his parents signed when he was only 16 with memorabilia giant Frameworth. Ovechkin ranks 2nd (Nike, Gatorade again, Bauer, Verizon, Capital One), a few others, Toews & Malkin doing well enough in that department but tadpoles in the pond really. The similarities to the music or entertainment sectors are many. Residual earnings on merchandising premiums, a % of sales product specific, %'s based on frequencies with respect to commercial's airing in which one appears or a likeness thereof if they didnt opt for a buyout rather than residuals, appearance fee's including any number of ryders in those contracts that would cover everything & anything from ground & air transportation to levels of accommodation etc etc etc...

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