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SBD/December 12, 2012/Marketing and Sponsorship
Published December 12, 2012
BEAR-ER OF BAD NEWS: In Chicago, Michael Sebastian writes "once again" the brand of Bears QB Jay Cutler "is in crisis." A poll by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research showed Cutler holds the "dubious distinction of being the second-most-disliked player in the NFL." This "negativity is hurting Brand Cutler, and several PR professionals said it could affect his earning potential." The absence of a "strong brand lets people shape their own opinions of him, fueled by images and stories in the media" (CHICAGOSIDESPORTS.com, 12/12).
SPRING CLEANING: The NHRA has signed a sponsorship deal with Nice-Pak Products Grime Boss hand wipes, giving the sport its first official heavy-duty hand cleaning wipe partner. Financial terms of the agreement were not available. The multiyear deal gives Grime Boss the chance to sample its product at NHRA races. It also will receive signage at races, PA announcements and display space at events. Grime Boss will continue to be a primary sponsor of Jim Dunn Racing's funny car driven by Todd Lesenko (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal).
DON'T HOLD THE MAYO: In Boston, Shanahan & Goldstein note Patriots LB Jerod Mayo was "out and about" yesterday with Subway endorser Jared Fogle as part of a promotion for the sandwich chain. Together, they "did a dozen random acts of kindness." Mayo said, "Paying for groceries, filling up people's gas tanks, handing out Subway sandwiches at Boston Medical Center" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/12).