SBD/Issue 162/Sponsorships, Advertising & Marketing

Marketplace Roundup

Beckham Shooting TV Spot
For New Sharpie Campaign
MLS Galaxy MF David Beckham recently shot print and TV ads for a new Sharpie ad campaign. The TV spot, set to debut in early July in select markets worldwide, shows Beckham using a Sharpie to autograph unusual items for fans (THE DAILY).

GAMING GRAND PRIX: NEXT-GEN.biz' Tom Ivan reported Codemasters has "secured the exclusive videogame rights" to F1. The worldwide deal provides Codemasters with "rights to feature all Grand Prix circuits, [F1] teams, cars, and driver likenesses." Codemasters plans to take the series "multiplatform with a debut release in 2009 for home consoles, handheld formats and PC." Sony previously held F1 rights, and they appeared only on PlayStation platforms. The F1 games will be developed using Codemasters' EGO Engine (NEXT-GEN.biz, 5/9).

BALL EFFECT: USA TODAY's Jerry Potter reports Titleist, which "dominates the PGA Tour in players" using its golf balls, has 11 wins this year on the tour, while Nike has six, including Trevor Immelman's win at The Masters. Callaway has two wins on the PGA Tour, but Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam have "combined to give Callaway eight wins in 11 tournaments" within the LPGA (USA TODAY, 5/13).

NOTES: Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) has formed a partnership with Bingham Entertainment & Sports Talent to promote the IndyCar Series team (SFR)....MRB Productions, which "creates spots, teasers and commercials for TV sports programming, will be generating promotions for this summer's ESPY awards" (TVWEEK.com, 5/11).

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