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Terry Lefton

Terry Lefton covers marketing, including sponsorships, licensing and merchandising, for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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AutoTrader renews with NBA, returns as TNT’s ‘Tip-Off’ sponsor

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 10 / 20 / 14

AutoTrader.com has renewed its sponsorship ties with the NBA, a deal that, as usual, includes a large buy on league rights holder TNT. {podcast} SBJ Podcast: NBA writer John Lombardo and Assistant Managing Editor Tom Stinson discuss how the Cavs are handling LeBron James' return from a bu...

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03/10/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Target To Sponsor '14 MLB All-Star Game

Target Field is the site of the '14 MLB All-Star Game, and the Minneapolis-based retailer has upped the ante, signing on as a sponsor of the July 15 game. Under the one-year deal, Target will leverage MLB's five-year-old "All Stars Among Us" cause-related program through which fans vote for individu ...

03/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Paro to Van Wagner’s consulting business

Industry veteran David Paro has been hired by Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment and charged with helping to expand its consulting business. Paro Named executive vice president, Paro will relocate ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

03/07/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Jets Hire Ian Lasher; Brian Matthews Joins NFL

See the Free Listing for the New York Jets Longtime ESPN marketer IAN LASHER has been hired as Jets Senior VP/Corporate Sponsorships. Lasher will report to team President NEIL GLAT and head the team's sponsorship and media sales. Lasher's 15 years with ESPN include the last sev ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, NFL

03/06/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Hires Matthews As Senior VP/Media Sales

The NFL has hired digital ad sales veteran Brian Matthews as its new Senior VP/Media Sales. Matthews is now responsible for selling both NFL Network and NFL digital inventory, reporting to NFL Media COO Brian Rolapp . The move completes a reorganization at the NFL that started last Sept ...

03/05/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Disson's Skating Shows Headed To ABC

Longtime figure-skating marketer  Steve Disson is moving his stable of skating/family entertainment TV shows to ABC, after more than 20 years on NBC. Beginning this fall, four two-hour specials will be taped by IMG Productions for broadcast on ABC via a time buy by Disson Skating and an agreem ...

03/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Michael Lynch Leaves ASP

Former Visa sponsorship exec Michael Lynch has left the Association of Surfing Professionals after spending the last year as the organization's Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer. Lynch joined the ASP in April '13 and worked on the organization’s media deals with ESPN and YouTube and titl ...

02/24/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Silver lines up input for media talks

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has formed a second media committee to engage in the process of the league’s coming media rights talks, marking the latest sign of momentum in the negotiations that are expected to begin in the near term. The n ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Events and Attractions, Media

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Gatorade had to poach Jordan from Coke

Michael Jordan’s 23-year relationship with Gatorade has been around so long and supported by such artful advertising that most people forget what was at the heart of the deal: Gatorade stole Jordan from Coke. There are dozens of stories about how Gatorade snatched Jordan from Coca-Cola. Eve ...

Tags: Champions

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Bill Schmidt: Thirst for the deal

B orn the son of a coal miner, in a house built by the company whose coal pit gave the town its name, Bill Schmidt made the unlikeliest of exits on his way to one of the most unlikely of careers. In an area of western Pennsylvania where employment meant coal mines or steel mills, and at a high s ...

Tags: Champions

02/10/14
SportsBusiness Daily: All Nippon Airways Sponsoring Tanaka Coverage

In what is undoubtedly a precursor to a number of Japanese brands buying Yankees advertising and marketing inventory, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has purchased the presenting sponsorship position on a rebroadcast tonight on YES Network of a '13 game pitched by Masahiro Tanaka , which will get two ...

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