Looking Out: Jason Collins' jersey is NBA's top-seller

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Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins became the first openly gay NBA player to take the court on Sunday.

He's 35, he only has a 10-day contract and it looks like he might be near the end of his career, but Jason Collins apparently has the NBA's top-selling jersey.

And the jersey with the second-highest sales. And the fourth.


Collins' Brooklyn Nets jerseys reportedly went on sale at Tuesday. By Wednesday, his name was imprinted on four of the top five selling jersey items on the site.

The sales appear to confirm a long-held belief that the first openly gay athletes in major American sports would be marketing gold for the teams and leagues to sign them. NFL franchises debating whether to draft Michael Sam: Take note.


That said, Collins' sales success (for the NBA anyway; the veteran center isn't getting a cut of the profits) hasn't necessarily helped the Nets on the court. Brooklyn suffered a 124-80 defeat Wednesday night, with Collins getting about seven minutes of court time.

Still, the jersey is pretty neat. Like he did with the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards, Collins is donning No. 98 to honor Matthew Shepard, the gay student murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998. That Collins now wears the number as an openly gay athlete makes the jersey feel like an important slice of LGBT history.

And for $70 (plus shipping and handling), it can be your slice of LGBT history, too.

Dribbling onto other news:

And that's what we've got this week (though, of course, the return of RuPaul's Drag Race is worth noting, too, even if we don't get Logo). Got any LGBT-related news that has you talking?