"TNF" Ratings Down For Titans-Jags Nike Reports Relatively Strong Q2 MJ Leads eBay Athlete Merch Sales Rams' Move To L.A. Unlikely For '15 49ers Cut McDonald Following Assault Probe Chargers Staying In San Diego Next Year Univ. Of Miami Could End Nike Deal New Nike Campaign Features LeBron's "Heroes" Comic Book Makes Superhero Merch With QBs Bears' Leadership Under Fire
SBD/16/Sponsorships Advertising Marketing
Published June 16, 1998
ELECTRONIC MEDIA's Diane Mermigas, on the ad market for the NFL's TV partners: "Some analysts predict a worst-case scenario of flat sports ad rates that would make Fox's past annual NFL losses of up to $110 million look like a picnic" (EM, 6/15 issue)....The Portland OREGONIAN's Richard Read continued his examination from Vietnam of the Asian economic crisis and its impact on employment at Nike-contracted factories. The report's sub-head: "Falling Orders, Sliding Currencies Tempt Subcontractors For Nike To Cut Corners As Their Profit Margins Shrink" (OREGONIAN, 6/15)....IL-based One-on-One Sports hired PR firm Ruder Finn (BRANDWEEK, 6/15 issue)....NJ-based racquetball manufacturer Ektelon signed an exclusive sponsorship contract with Tony Jelso, currently ranked No. 11 in the world's racquetball rankings (Ektelon). BAILEY NOTICED? In Toronto, Steve Buffery wrote that the controversial Donovan Bailey is "not the popular, respected, or even beloved" athlete of two years ago, and that his "public persona is waning." Since the '96 Olympics, Bailey has lost "four of five major sponsors" and Air Canada "even took his image off the 767 jet that once bore his name." Bailey's agent, Mark Block, on the endorsements: "Every one of those deals (other than adidas, which is still on board) was done for a pre-Olympic or Olympic marketing push. Donovan's doing well on that front. In fact, we get calls all the time" (TORONTO SUN, 6/14).