ESPN Negotiates Out-Of-Home TV Deals Under Armour Providing UAB Apparel Philly Retailers Cash In On Wentz' Hot Start NBA Allows Teams To Streamline Video Access Mondelez Signs New Sponsorship With USOC Nike's LeBron, Durant Shoes Sales Sagging Infiniti To Sponsor Braves At SunTrust Park NBA Proposes Changes To Review Protocol Under Armour's Newton Ad Becomes Game Dustin Johnson Re-Ups With Adidas For Apparel
SBD/November 29, 2012/Marketing and Sponsorship
LeBron James' Samsung Smartphone Endorsement At Odds With New Nike Shoe
Published November 29, 2012
YOU LIKE ME, YOU REALLY LIKE ME: James has the top-selling NBA jersey, and CBS Sports Network’s Doug Gottlieb said because of that, James “must be the most-liked player in the NBA.” CBSSN’s Allie LaForce disagreed with that statement, saying buying James' No. 6 jersey is a "safe bet." LaForce: "People buy jerseys because, No. 1, they're going to look good. Number two, they're not going to have to sell their jersey in a year because this player is going to be horrible a year or two from now. It’s a safe bet.” Gottlieb: “You know why he’s the most-liked player? He’s the best and he won, and people want to be associated with a winner.” LaForce: “That doesn’t mean they like him as a person.” Gottlieb: “You don’t know these guys as a person. … People buy jerseys because the team wins and because they're the best. Period, end of story” (“Lead Off,” CBS Sports Network, 11/28).