Mondelez Signs New Sponsorship With USOC Nike's LeBron, Durant Shoes Sales Sagging Infiniti To Sponsor Braves At SunTrust Park Under Armour's Newton Ad Becomes Game Dustin Johnson Re-Ups With Adidas For Apparel Marketplace Roundup Dr. J Sells Rights To Name, Image Guaranteed Rate Sponsoring White Sox Event South Carolina-Under Armour Deal Worth $71.5M Marketplace Roundup
SBD/October 24, 2013/Marketing and Sponsorship
Published October 24, 2013
SPORTING LIFE: SI's Melissa Segura reports a group of L.A. civil rights leaders recently called for an investigation of MLS Galaxy shirt sponsor Herbalife "for what they claim are deceptive and predatory business practices targeting minorities." The relationship between Galaxy and Herbalife "begs a larger question: What -- if any -- responsibility do teams and athletes have to fans when choosing a sponsor?" Herbalife VP/Worldwide Corporate Communications Julian Cacchioli "dismissed the allegations." Cacchioli said, "We continue to have great relationships with the teams and athletes we sponsor." A Galaxy spokesperson said the team looks "forward to developing its relationship with Herbalife" (SI, 10/28 issue).
IN THE CROSSHAIRS: SPORTING NEWS' Bob Pockrass wrote as NASCAR driver Kyle Larson replaces Juan Pablo Montoya next year with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, he already has "been to Minneapolis to talk to Target executives and also go through some media training." Target is the primary sponsor of the No. 42 car. Larson will have to get used to "making sure he doesn’t enter a Target competitor." Larson said, "You can’t be going to a different store. Somebody might take a picture of you and you’d get in trouble. But Target is everywhere. You can find them pretty easy" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 10/23).
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Dan Marino has not played for the Dolphins since '99, but his presence still looms large due to his endorsement deals with several companies. Showtime's Phil Simms said of visiting Miami, “Everywhere you go, you see billboards of Dan Marino.” Marino asked, “What’s wrong with that?” Simms: “How much (money) do you need?” Marino replied, “Listen, money talks but cash screams, don’t ever forget that” (“Inside the NFL,” Showtime, 10/23).