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Eric Fisher

Eric Fisher covers baseball and digital media for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Keeping It Clean: Panasonic Signs Grooming Deal With Facial Hair-Averse Yankees

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 17

The Yankees have signed a sponsorship deal with Panasonic making the company the club’s official shaver and trimmer provider. The agreement covers the duration of the ’17 season as well as ’18 and ’19, and will include Yankee Stadium signage and co-branded retail activations....

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, New York Yankees

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