Quote of the Day
"It has been catastrophic for everybody. I've lost my
money and I've made terrible decisions. Now I want to sell
it as soon as I can."
-- English soccer club Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley, who is attempting to sell the team (LONDON TIMES, 5/31).
Mercury Sign First Shirt
Sponsorship In WNBA
The WNBA is a week away from the start of the ‘09 season, but the Phoenix Mercury are making headlines today by becoming the first team in the league to sell a season-long jersey sponsorship. The club signs a three-year deal with LifeLock that will see the company’s logo replace the Mercury insignia as the primary mark on both the home and away uniforms. The concept of on-jersey sponsorships certainly is not a new phenomenon -- a majority of MLS teams have shirt sponsors and selling that space is common practice among pro leagues in Europe. However, with the WNBA so closely tied to the NBA, this could cause some to wonder whether it is a matter of time before jersey sponsorships cross over into one of the traditional big four pro sports leagues in North America.
Left My Heart In San Francisco?
49ers, Santa Clara reach deal for new $937M stadium, with team assuming most financial risk.
Rams co-owners retain Goldman Sachs to help sell the team, and early signs point to little, if any, interest from St. Louis bidders.
Superman's Not Dead
Surprising Eastern Conference Finals see TNT viewership numbers up 36% from '08.
Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Despite GM's bankruptcy filing, the brand's NASCAR ties should, and likely will, remain safe.
Band Of Brothers
New NFL Alumni Association focusing efforts to be top advocate for retired players.
Chillin' At The Holiday Inn
Hotel chain signs Tier-Three sponsorship with LOCOG as official hotel of '12 Games.