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SBD/January 16, 2013/Marketing and Sponsorship
Published January 16, 2013
OUT OF THE COURT: The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’s Eriq Gardner reported Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall's $1M lawsuit against Hanesbrands “for canceling his lucrative endorsement deal has been cut short.” The parties yesterday “filed a notice of voluntary dismissal after coming to a settlement.” Mendenhall’s contract to endorse Champion sporting gear “was terminated after the outspoken player tweeted about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.” Mendenhall presented his case “as defending the First Amendment right for celebrities to say controversial things” (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 1/15).
ROUNDUP: Pro Football HOFer Marshall Faulk, who is “one of the best celebrity golfers you’ll find on any green, is teaming” with Arnold Palmer to shoot a series of videos for EA Sports’ upcoming “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14.” The game features Palmer “on the cover and Faulk as a playable character” (ESPN.com, 1/14)….Maverik Lacrosse signed a sponsorship deal with MLL N.Y. Lizards D C.J. Costabile (Maverik).