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Terry Lefton

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

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Sail The High Brees: Saints QB's Foundation Endorsing Carnival Cruise Lines

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 19 / 17

Carnival Cruise Lines has signed a deal with Saints QB Drew Brees' foundation and will use him in a sweepstakes promotion offering a free cruise any time he and the Saints throw for more than 300 yards in a game this season. “Cruising brings people together and nothing unites the New Orleans ...

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Carnival

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SportsBusiness Journal: Brosnan set to lead PrimeSport

Seeking further credibility in the increasingly competitive VIP ticketing, travel and hospitality business, PrimeSport has hired Tim Brosnan, former MLB executive vice president of business, as its new executive chairman and acting CEO. Brosnan will be based in New York and head a company that ha ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Hospitality now includes ‘experiences’

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SportsBusiness Journal: Cause-based efforts went big in Houston

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SportsBusiness Journal: Aramark closes the deal on NFL merch

While we don’t know who will compete in Super Bowl LII next year, we finally know who will be selling its licensed merchandise in Minneapolis, a collection which undoubtedly will include more outerwear than ever. Multiple sources in Housto ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: What’s next for NFL?

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Daily: Patriots Super Bowl Merch Selling Fast

Multiple championships in quick succession do not normally produce strong licensed-product sales, but the early retail results for Patriots championship merchandise sales have been surprisingly positive. Data from Fanatics shows that since the end of Super Bowl LI, Patriots merch has been selling at ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, New Era, New England Patriots

SportsBusiness Journal: MLBers go to the canvas for Majestic

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SportsBusiness Daily: Fournette Signs Exclusive Deal With Panini

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SportsBusiness Daily: Steiner Sports Signs Deal With Basketball HOF

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN Signs Deal With IHRA Drag Racing

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