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Bears Select Two By Four, Chicago
To Work On Brand Campaign
BULLS: Meanwhile, Lazare reports while Bulls ad agency DiMeo & Co., Chicago, will remain the team's agency of record, Tom Dick & Harry (TD&H), Chicago, will "create the radio campaign" for the '08-09 season. Sources said that the TD&H radio efforts will "probably be made to mesh with DiMeo's new campaign via the overarching tagline DiMeo will create for next season" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/26).
Bridgestone Firestone and the IRL have signed a multi-year deal in which the Firestone brand will be the title sponsor of IRL's development circuit. The series, which had been known as the Indy Pro Series, will be called the Firestone Indy Lights. The series previously used the Indy Lights name from '91-'01. In addition, the circuit's event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 23 will be known as the Firestone Freedom 100 (Firestone).
IRL NEARING DEAL WITH DIRECTV: Sources say the IRL is close to finalizing a deal that would make DirecTV the presenting sponsor for the league's top circuit, the IndyCar Series. It is uncertain how DirecTV would be integrated into the name and logo of the series. IndyCar still is searching for a title sponsor as well. Both the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights open their seasons Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Meanwhile, the IRL is also expected to announce this week that Coca-Cola will become the circuit's official soft drink (Michael Smith, SportsBusiness Journal).
adidas Unveils Arenas' Hibachi
Shoe At Benihana In N.Y.
adidas and Brazilian shoe company Vulcabras SA have agreed to form a joint venture "to sell shoes, shirts and other sports apparel from Reebok" in Brazil and Paraguay. The venture will begin April 1 (AP, 3/26)....BB&T Bank has become one of the six Premier Partners for the PGA Tour Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but previous packages on that level have been worth more than $250,000 (BUSINESS JOURNAL OF THE GREATER TRIAD AREA, 3/21 issue)....English Coca-Cola Championship club Queens Park Rangers have signed a five-year, US$40M jersey sponsorship deal with Lotto (Manchester GUARDIAN, 3/26).