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SBD/11/Sponsorships Advertising Marketing
Published March 11, 1998
DEALS: Nintendo signed Kobe Bryant to an endorsement deal and rebranded its "NBA Courtside" to "Kobe Bryant's NBA Courtside" (BRANDWEEK, 3/9 issue)....Taylor Made Golf signed an endorsement deal with PGA European Tour player Thomas Bjorn, giving the company three of the top six players on the '98 money list: Ernie Els, Bjorn and Retief Goosen (GOLFWEEK, 3/7 issue)....World Champion Triathlete Michellie Jones has signed on to endorse MET-Rx Engineered Nutrition, which produces high protein, low fat nutritional drink mix and food bars (MET-Rx)....Soccer star Carla Overbeck selected Sue Rodin of NY-based Stars & Strategies as her exclusive marketing agent. Overbeck currently has a multi- year endorsement deal with Fila Sports, the company's only female soccer player (Stars & Strategies). NOTES: Hasbro will run TV spots this year touting separate Nerf products. One of the spots will support Hasbro's marketing alliance with the NFL (AD AGE, 3/9).... MA-based information storage company EMC will be the title sponsor of the Senior PGA Tour's Kaanapali Classic through 2000. Previously a presenting sponsor, EMC has a three-year option to continue its deal through 2003 (PGA Tour).