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DANCING DONALD: In Milwaukee, Don Walker wrote after Packers WR Donald Driver won “Dancing With The Stars,” his “national profile has increased markedly.” Lammi Sports Management Founder & President Brian Lammi “has been working with Driver for 10 years to develop his marketing career and recently inked a new 25-year deal to work with the Packers star.” Lammi said, "We certainly have felt an immediate increase in PR requests and national media requests. We also had a number of requests for national speaking engagements." Driver has had endorsement deals “with McDonald's, Nike and Kwik Trip, to name a few” and he also has “a longstanding relationship with Goodwill.” But now Lammi “is looking for some bigger, more meaningful deals” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/26).
MAKING IT OFFICIAL: GOLFWEEK’s Gene Yasuda reported athletic brand Ashworth “in a move designed to showcase its performance wear and greater presence on pro tours … announced Justin Rose as its latest brand endorser.” Rose is already part of the TaylorMade-adidas family that owns Ashworth and began wearing the brand’s “shirts and Cardiff shoes at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth” (GOLFWEEK.com, 5/28).
CLOSE TO HIS HEART: In Indianapolis, Phillip Wilson wrote IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani is teaming with Quebec-based Le Petite Bretonne "to produce a peanut-free cookie.” Tags On The Go has “begun distribution in Canada and is expected hit grocery stores in the U.S. later this year.” The cookies “come in two flavors: oatmeal made with real oatmeal and chocolate chip made with real chocolate from 50 percent cocoa.” A raisin cookie “is next in line for production.” Tagliani “foresees a Tags On The Go racing sponsorship and selling his cookie at Indianapolis Motor Speedway” (INDYSTAR.com, 5/26).