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SBD/9/Sponsorships Advertising Marketing
Published December 9, 1997
ADVERTISING: U.S. ad spending is expected to see a "strong boost" from the Winter Olympics in '98, and a 6.2% increase to $198.4B is anticipated for next year. Cable TV advertising is expected to grow 13% to $5.96B. CBS Exec VP/Marketing & Research David Poltrack expects the Olympics will account for 3-4% of an expected 9% overall rise in ad revenue for CBS (Wayne Friedman, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 12/9).. ..In N.Y., Richard Sandomir notes in his "conflict-of- interest" update that NBC's Ahmad Rashad and ESPN's Roy Firestone are appearing in a Hanes underwear spot with Michael Jordan. Sandomir writes that ESPN's Firestone "should have known better" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/9). NOTES: Little Caesars is selling replicas of the Red Wings Stanley Cup Championship ring for $2.99 with a pizza purchase, $3.99 without, at all its MI restaurants and Kmart Kcafe locations that feature Little Caesars. The rings will be available until all 300,000 are sold (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 12/8)....Inline street skater Ryan Jacklone has selected NY- based Park Avenue Productions to represent him for all marketing and promotional packages. Jacklone currently has deals with K2, Pawn, FR, Bones, Protech and G13 (PAP).