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Published November 4, 1994
McDonald's and its lead ad agency, Leo Burnett, are upset that their $250M "piggyback" deal with Coke is not "ambush proof" during NFL broadcasts. At issue are "NFL video vignettes" by PepsiCo-owned Taco Bell and Red Lobster, and Wendy's ads with Fox's Terry Bradshaw. "Insiders" say it is unlikely either the NFL or Fox would provide McDonald's further protection (BRANDWEEK, 10/31 issue).... Riddell Sports Inc. had an $8M jury verdict rendered against it in a product liability action in federal court in Wichita, KS. The Company intends to appeal the decision and has six other similar suits pending (Riddell)....AD AGENCY NEWS: The Champion Products Division of Sara Lee Corp. named Merkley Newman Harty (NYC) to handle its estimated $12M account, previously at Saatchi & Saatchi. Also, the French World Cup Organization Committee signed DDB Needham (Paris) to handle marketing communications for the '98 tournament (N.Y. TIMES, 11/4)...."Nightly Business Report" reports that Grand Metropolitan or even Coca Cola might be interested in a buyout of Quaker Oats (PBS, 11/3)....The City of Los Angeles Marathon announced that computer manufacturer Packard Bell has signed on as a sponsor of the '95 marathon. Packard Bell will be the race's "official computer" and the firm's computers will be used to tabulate race data (Packard Bell/L.A. Marathon)....Resort Sports Network (RSN) has named Jose Cuervo as title sponsor of its "Entertainment Report" program for '94-'95. Cuervo's sponsorship involves event merchandising, promotional give-aways and other premiums for resort viewers. The closed-circuit show informs resort guests of "hot spots" to visit after the slopes close (RSN)....Asics Tiger Corp. is sponsoring "The Winning Way" speaker's bureau which features Asics-sponsored women athletes and coaches who serve as role models for younger female athletes (Asics).....Technology columnist Michael Schrage writes that Sega and Nintendo "may be squandering the last, best chance [they have] to define digital pop culture entertainment for the world's teenagers" by not putting game systems on-line (WASHINGTON POST, 11/4).