With his decision to join the Miami Heat, LeBron James instantly became the most sought after basketball jersey in sports. While it may be odd to see LeBron in another jersey, fans will gobble up Heat No. 6 jerseys by the truckload.
If a player's jersey sales are the demarcation for a player's popularity, LeBron will be the most popular player in America for the next few months has fans all over South Florida run to their local sporting goods store to buy the jersey of their new superstar.
Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos jersey became the hottest selling NFL item in the weeks following his selection. Funny enough, Tebow's sales weren't just hot in Denver, but it was the state of Florida that catapulted Tebow to the top of NFL jersey sales.
For the second straight season, Kobe Bryant led the NBA in jersey sales. LeBron may grab that lead in the near future, but Kobe shows what back-to-back NBA titles will get you.
Donovan McNabb's jersey jumped to the second hottest selling NFL jersey (behind Tim Tebow) in the months following his trade to the Washington Redskins. McNabb's jersey hadn't been in the top five in over five years, but a change of scenery has put him back near the top.
Drew Brees, the hero of New Orleans, was headed for the top spot before Tim Tebow's name came off the board. Brees currently sits at the third spot of hot NFL jerseys. Regardless of his position, Brees' No. 9 jerseys will forever be worn around New Orleans.
Dwight Howard was the third most popular jersey in the NBA this season. However, it's safe to say he could move up to the second spot. Why?
Thousands of LeBron Cavaliers jerseys - which was number two after the season - will find their way to the woodchipper and bonfires.