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SBD/July 22, 2011/Marketing and Sponsorship
With This Rose: Sponsors Have Big Plans For Derrick Rose, Especially In China
Published July 22, 2011
WINNING ISN'T EVERYTHING ... OR IS IT? ESPN's Jim Rome noted N-Score results from a new Nielsen Media/E-Poll study, which aims to evaluate potential endorsement effectiveness, found Mavericks F Dirk Nowitzki to be the most-marketable player in the NBA, "based on name appeal, approachability and sincerity." Rome: "In short, people dig Dirk and how can you not?" Conversely, the study indicates that Heat F LeBron James' marketability "dropped 400% ... since last year." Rome: "Dropping 400% in a year when you make it to the NBA Finals is not easy to do, especially when your main goal is to become a global icon. But if we've learned anything at all from Dirk, it's this: The quickest way to becoming a global icon is to not care about becoming a global icon" ("Jim Rome Is Burning," ESPN, 7/20).