SBD/January 14, 2013/Marketing and Sponsorship

Marketplace Roundup

BLOOMBERG NEWS’ Sherman & Fixmer reported NBC Sports Group is “sticking with its commitment to be a sponsor of the largest U.S. gun trade show next week.” NBC Sports Group Senior VP/Communications Greg Hughes said that the channel will “remain the 2013 SHOT Show New Product Center Sponsor.” Hughes said that NBCSN has “been a sponsor of the show for ‘several years.’” He added that the channel “airs hunting and fishing shows and participates as a sponsor ‘as part of our commitment to our outdoor-programming block.’” The show will be held from Tuesday-Friday in Las Vegas (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 1/11).

HIGH ROLLERS' ROOM: In Boston, Ira Kantor noted the Celtics and Mohegan Sun "announced a new two-year partnership" that includes the rebranding of "Club Green presented by Mohegan Sun," the team’s free subscription-based e-newsletter. As part of the "re-launch of the e-newsletter," the Celtics and Mohegan Sun will unveil the “Stay and Play Sweepstakes,” which gives fans the chance to win a prize pack of four tickets to the Jan. 27 home game versus the Heat, as well as a two-night stay at Mohegan Sun beginning that night. Mohegan Sun also will offer Club Green subscribers "other sweepstakes opportunities, and special offers for casino visits" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/12).

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: The WWE and Post Foods have reached a deal that will see the WWE's John Cena for a limited time replace Fred Flintstone on boxes of Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles cereal (Post Foods). AD AGE's E.J. Schultz noted the deal marks WWE's "most-significant partnership with a mainstream, family food brand since the organization began seeking such deals in the wake of toning down its act in 2008." WWE "first entered into a deal with Post last year after Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson began teasing Mr. Cena for his brightly colored ring-gear, saying he looked like a 'big, fat bowl of Fruity Pebbles.'" WWE "reached out to Post after it caught on with fans, who began chanting 'Fruity Pebbles' in arenas" (ADAGE.com, 1/5).
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