ESPN Licenses X Games Oslo For February Braves Assure Fans Of New Ballpark Safety Blue Jays Praised For Shapiro Hiring ESPN's Mendoza Praised For "SNB" Debut Ole Miss, Nike Extend Apparel Deal Vandeweghe Grants ESPN In-Match Interview Coke Zero Rolling Out Ads Around CFB USATF's Nike Rule Relaxed At Worlds Indians' Dolan Confirms Search For Minority Owner ESPN Begins 11-Year U.S. Open Deal
SBD/23/Sponsorships Advertising Marketing
Published April 23, 1998
Following last week's endorsement deal with Links Direct, SI's "Golf Plus" notes that Fuzzy Zoeller "completed the six-step program of image rehab: gaffe, denial, loss of endorsements, apology, reacceptance, endorsements regained" (SI, 4/27 issue)....Pacific Trading Cards signed Padres OF Tony Gwynn as its spokesperson. Gwynn will appear in all print and TV ads, as well as on display boxes, wrappers and other promo materials during the '98 season (O.C. REGISTER, 4/22)....Jaguars QB Mark Brunell was named spokesperson for Players Inc, the marketing arm of the NFLPA (Players Inc). NOTES: TX-based Duckster, a maker of golf rain gear, shirts and hats, has purchased Pro-Line Cap, which makes headwear for sports teams, corporations, colleges and related entities. Bill McCoy, a member of Duckster's board of directors, has been named President of Pro-Line (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/23)....ESPN's Pro Beach Hockey will feature the first-ever continuous rotational signage for hockey supplied by ANC Sports. ANC will supply 100 feet of its Space and Time signage (PBH)....Gatorade will sponsor "Breaking Barriers: It's a Complete Game," a new, multi- curricular classroom educational program that uses the story of Jackie Robinson to teach kids about American history, life skills and ideals (MLB)....In Italy, "some lawmakers want to sever that country's soccer ties with Nike over allegations of labor abuse in Nike's Asian factories. A leftist political party is behind the effort which gained steam recently when the Italian team unveiled their World Cup uniforms that features a Nike swoosh on the chest" (Bob Ley, "SportsCenter," ESPN, 4/22).