SPORTS

Jazz gear sales are up, along with optimism about the team

Apr 25, 2018, 6:51 PM

...

SALT LAKE CITY – Round one of the NBA playoffs could wrap up for the Utah Jazz tonight in game five of their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Meanwhile, back in Utah, fans seem to be more optimistic about this team than in years past.

Sure, we’ve been swept up in “Jazz Fever” in the past, but, it’s not every year that someone places a makeshift shrine to the team in downtown Salt Lake City.

The consensus about the Jazz by fans and team employees we’ve spoken with is that this year’s team is different and special.  So, it’s no surprise that this year’s different and special jersey is flying off the shelves.

“The city edition jersey is the number one selling jersey we’ve ever had here in the arena,” according to Utah Jazz Team Store Director of Retail Operations Morgan Evans.

The team’s international roster has people from all over the world coming into the Vivint Smart Home Arena to buy team gear.  For instance, people from Spain buy jerseys from Ricky Rubio, while people visiting from Australia purchase a lot of Joe Ingles merch.

“Donovan Mitchell is definitely our number one seller.  With that being said, we haven’t seen demand on the other players go down,” Evans says.

Meahwhile, sports bars all over the valley are expected to be packed for each game of the playoffs.

Gracie’s Bar Owner Deno Dakis says, “It’s been tremendous this year.  Unexpected, because we don’t see that much when it’s the regular season, but, this post season has been terrific.”

Dakis says the fans that come into his bar feel this year’s team is playing at an elite level, even though there isn’t one singular superstar to point to.

“It’s team ball.  You don’t have to count on your superstar to make or break your team on any given night,” says Dakis.

Karl Malone is scheduled to appear at Gracie’s Thursday night to answer trivia and play games with fans.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Sports

Washington Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy, right, lands a punch on Carolina Hurricanes left wing ...

STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer

NHL fighting is down across the league but not going anywhere

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said fighting has a place in keeping down the temperature of games,

2 days ago

a hockey stick shown, utah may get a nhl stadium...

Adam Small

Utah lawmaker asks for $1 billion for an NHL stadium in Salt Lake City

To fund an NHL stadium in Utah, Salt Lake City's sales tax rate would go from 7.75% to 8.25% if the bill is approved.

7 days ago

Mecole Hardman Jr. #12 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with Patrick Mahomes #15 and after scor...

JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer

Super Bowl was most-watched program ever in the US, averaging 123.7 million viewers

Ranking companies say Kansas City's 25-22 overtime win over San Francisco averaged 123.7 million viewers across television and streaming platforms.

16 days ago

giant flag at super bowl while national anthem is sung...

Don Brinkerhoff

Giant flag displayed at Super Bowl LVIII was Utah-made

The flag displayed while Reba McEntire sung the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl was made by the Sandy, Utah company Colonial Flag.

17 days ago

This photo provided by Dunkin' shows Ben Affleck in a still from the company's 2024 Super Bowl NFL ...

WYATTE GRANTHAM-PHILIPS AP Business Writer

Super Bowl ads keep it heavy on the celebrities, light on the politics

In typical Super Bowl fashion, an array of companies' adverts were adorned by stars — often with numerous celebrities.

18 days ago

NFL Super Bowl LVIII football logos are projected on the side of Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and...

Chris Isidore, CNN

Why the NFL went all in on sports gambling

Despite the Super Bowl being in Vegas, the NFL is still trying to keep the appearance of some distance between the sport and gaming.

18 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Jazz gear sales are up, along with optimism about the team