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COMPANY SHOWS NOSE FOR EXPOSURE AS JERRY RICE BREATHES EASY
Published December 1, 1994
ABC cameras caught Jerry Rice on "Monday Night Football" wearing "what appeared to be a Band-Aid on his proboscis [nose]." But it was a Breathe Right nasal strip, made by the company CNS, that is "fast developing a following among players." Breathe Right was designed to clear up nighttime nasal congestion and reduce snoring, but with "pro-football exposure, it might not be long before amateur players emulate their idols and start snapping up the devices at $4.99 a ten pack." So far, Wall Street may be recognizing that CNS in Minneapolis "may have a hit on its hands," since after Monday's exposure from Rice, CNS shares rose 11% -- although "a still puny 59,700 shares." But investors should not "blow their life savings on CNS," since the device could attract imitators, and CNS is being sued by a man "alleging he has a claim on revenue to Breathe Right" (William Power, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/1).