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When professional athletes in branded gear make a big splash, sports marketing insiders can’t wait to comment on how big a particular line of clothing or shoes will sell because of it. More often than not, I check back months later to find out it was not as big as it was made out to be.
Today, we sat down with Larry Scott, the commissioner of the Pac-10 and the soon-to-be-named Pac-12. Following his dance with Texas and the poaching of Big 12 teams, which garnered much attention this summer, the conference settled on Colorado and Utah. This week, Scott took the conference’s football coaches to New York and later to ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus after unveiling a new logo.
Today, Jockey announced it has signed Tim Tebow to a multi-year endorsement deal to endorse its line of products, including what it calls its new “Staycool” collection, which will hit stores in the spring of next year.
Buying and selling sports tickets is a risky game. Yet the manifestations of that risk barely show its face to the general population, save for the case of a man who shot himself in 1998 after he promised Masters ticket packages that he couldn't deliver. But the economy, combined with a big bet that turned bad, has dug one of the biggest players in the ticket game into a big hole.
In February, shoe and apparel company Under Armour signed a yet undrafted Dez Bryant to an endorsement deal. Weeks later, the former Oklahoma State wide receiver, who only played three games his senior season, was featured in the company’s “I Will” television commercial that aired during the NFL Scouting Combine that Under Armour sponsored.
This weekend, Andre Dawson, umpire Doug Harvey and manager Whitey Herzog will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Not exactly a group that will draw a crowd. And that's Cooperstown's problem.
Digital distribution has been a hot topic in the video game industry for years – with developers, publishers and retailers trying to forecast when it will become a real threat to traditional brick and mortar stores. New data, however, shows that time might be closer than many were expecting.
In the world of sports, the Citgo sign has a special place. Aside from serving as a navigational landmark to Boston’s population and tourists that visit, the sign makes its way into the Fenway Park panorama by its seemingly perfect placement over the Green Monster in left field.
Every year, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association releases its state of sports participation in America study. The 64-page document is filled with interesting tidbits that will make you smarter at the office water cooler. Here are my top 10 highlights.
Forget about stress tests as a way of gauging the health of Europe's banking sector. Instead you should look to the biggest-spending soccer team, according to Jim O'Neill, chief global economist for Goldman Sachs.
The surprises keep coming from the folks at 2KSports, who shocked the video gaming world in last month when it revealed that the cover of its new NBA basketball game would have Michael Jordan on it.
In the midst of the economic crisis, sports teams were in need of sponsorship dollars. So they jumped at a company that was willing to bail almost all of them out. The deals came at a recessionary discount, in some cases with a generous payment plan and, perhaps most importantly, with very few questions asked about the company. The story isn’t completely over yet, but in the annals of sports marketing, it’s pretty apparent that the SpongeTech story will go down as one of the industry’s most cautionary tales.
With agent investigations now taking place at North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, the NCAA is telling us that its investigative team is getting more tips and acting on them now more than ever before. Puhleeze. The NCAA hasn't been interested in monitoring agent conduct for a quarter of a century.
Will parents in Cleveland approve of their children sleeping on LeBron James? That question will be answered in the coming months, as American Signature, the company that signed the former Cleveland Cavaliers star in February, has confirmed to CNBC that it will continue with its plans to launch a collection of items inspired by James.
Tony Romo, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys football team, is in Lake Tahoe with Maria Bartiromo at the American Century Championship. He's among one of the favorites to win the tournament after coming in at second place last year.
No matter how far Tiger fell, true marketing insiders continued to tell me that he’d be able to make some sort of marketing comeback as long as he started winning.
Given today’s six-under par performance at the British Open, John Daly’s career isn’t done yet, but when it is, it will go down in sports marketing lore. In the history of sports, there has never been an athlete that has been sponsored by more companies and yet, for Daly, it has been either feast or famine.
Joe Lacob, managing partner at private equity firm Kleiner Perkins, and Peter Guber, chairman of Mandalay Entertainment, have won the bid for the NBA's Golden State Warriors, a source close to the sale has told CNBC.
Paul the Octopus made his name by trumping well-established investment banks' predictions about which team will win the World Cup.
Among the standard sports sponsorship categories it is not, but the New York Islanders have signed an official cupcake supplier. The tale is, as you might have guessed, not as vanilla as most sponsorship deals.
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