Fox Sells Out Of Super Bowl XLVIII Inventory Adidas Unveils World Cup Ball Jaguars Name New Agency Of Record Kobe, Messi In New Turkish Airlines Ad Oberto Launches Campaign With Louie Vito Marketplace Roundup McIlroy, Rooney Star In New Nike Ad Nike Opts To Extend Deal With Ohio State Auburn Merchandise Selling Quickly Stewart To Grace NASCAR Video Game Cover
SBD/February 15, 2013/Marketing and Sponsorship
Is Nike Doing Its Due Diligence Before Signing Athletes To Stable Of Endorsements?
Published February 15, 2013
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN: The GLOBE & MAIL’s Bruce Dowbiggin writes these are “hard times for heroes and the people who promote or sponsor them.” In this “media-saturated age, where values sell products, sponsors and charities fall especially hard for athletes such as Pistorius or Armstrong.” Their “virtuous back stories give sponsors the halo effect in addition to marketing push.” Pistorius was one of the “great legends of the 2012 London Olympics, seemingly running against the odds on his blade-like feet.” His sponsors “took it from there, giving him the Lance Armstrong treatment.” But Dowbiggin wonders, “Did Pistorius’s Teflon effect cause the sponsors to miss signs? A cursory look behind the scenes should have raised flags about Pistorius” (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/15). ESPN’s Pablo Torre said the Pistorius story "continues the most brutal stretch of idol-smashing in sports that we’ve ever seen probably in history." Torre: "You start with Joe Paterno, you go to Lance Armstrong to Manti Te’o to now Oscar Pistorius” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 2/14).