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AEG says Kobe Bryant jersey retirement netted it $824,000 in merchandise sales

AEG, the owner of the Staples Center, had a huge sales day from Monday's jersey retirement of former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

The company sold $824,000 in Kobe merchandise at its four locations that day, according to Sean Ryan, AEG's vice president of merchandise.

The ceremony retiring Kobe Bryant's Nos. 8 and 24 earned Staples Center parent company AEG a fitting $824,000 Jovan Buha/ESPN
"You couldn't make that number up," Ryan said, referring to the fact that the final sales tally had both an 8 and 24 in it, the two numbers the Lakers retired.

The sales number included $616,000 at the Staples Center, $147,000 in sales online, $39,000 at a New Era hat store and $22,000 at the Lakers Store in El Segundo, California.

Kobe jerseys made for the event sold for $524 each, while hats sold for $38.24. Eight limited-edition hats with an ostrich brim were offered for $5,824.08 each, but there were no takers earlier in the week.

While the merchandise sold on Monday made up one of the highest single-day revenues for the company, it didn't come close to matching the amount of gear sold for Bryant's last game in April 2016.

That day, AEG sold about $1.9 million worth of Bryant gear at its locations.

Bryant's 8 and 24 became the 10th and 11th numbers retired by the Lakers.

Author: Darren Rovell, ESPN
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