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SBD/Issue 90/Sponsorships, Advertising & Marketing
Published January 30, 2001
SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES: The SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Daniel Kaplan cites sources as saying that Wrigley has been "negotiating a multimillion-dollar endorsement pact" with Venus and Serena Williams. The sides are "far along in their talks" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/29 issue). BUSINESS WEEK's Arlene Weintraub examines IMG's marketing of the Williams sisters. Serena: "I told IMG I'd like to endorse something having to do with my smile. People always tell me I have a great smile." Weintraub writes, "Crest, are you listening?" (BUSINESS WEEK, 2/5 issue).
DEALS & DOLLARS: L.A.-based Allsport signed a multiyear deal to become the official photographer of the WUSA (WUSA)....NY-based wireless/electronics company Audiovox Communications has signed on as presenting sponsor of the CenturyTel Classic, the Southland Conference's post-season men's and women's basketball tournaments. Audiovox is a supplier of wireless phones to Century Tel, the title sponsor of the event for the past seven years. Audiovox has been a Southland partner since '99 (Southland).