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SBD/February 21, 2011/Marketing and Sponsorship
Published February 21, 2011
GREENS FEE: Golfers Cristie Kerr and Ricky Barnes have signed endorsement deals to represent Duff & Phelps, an independent advisory and investment banking firm. Kerr and Barnes will wear the Duff & Phelps marks during competition and the golfers will be featured in client events. The deals were negotiated by New Jersey-based Blake Sports Group, which represents the golfers (Michael Smith, SportsBusiness Journal).
SCORE ONE FOR THE STEELERS: In Pittsburgh, Rich Lord reported the Steelers Friday won a "contempt of court order against clothes maker Nicholas Wohlfarth and his firm Turtle Creek Sportswear." U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry ruled that Wohlfarth "violated a 2005 consent order enjoining him from marketing knock-off shirts, hoodies and hats by selling a slew of products with symbols that suggested Steelers trademarks." Wohlfarth must give up "a season's worth of profits from his sale of various black-and-gold goods" (POST-GAZETTE.com, 2/18).
NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: In Nashville, Mike Organ writes the “push to save” the Nashville Fairgrounds “went national Sunday during the Daytona 500,” as Brian Keselowski’s No. 92 Dodge featured a black stripe with SaveMyFairgrounds.com in white lettering. Fox’ Darrell Waltrip, a Tennessee native, “mentioned the local sponsorship during the race as did Kyle Petty during a pre-race show on Speed Channel.” Save My Fairgrounds is a group “trying to keep the quarter-mile track” in Nashville from being part of Mayor Karl Dean’s redevelopment plan (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 2/21).