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Published November 6, 2013
GO FIGURE: In Chicago, Philip Hersh notes U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner's sponsor portfolio "keeps growing," as Cover Girl is "the latest to sign her, joining Nike, P&G, Hilton HHonors, the Century Council, Highmark, Pandora and BP." Hersh: "I can't remember a U.S. figure skater without an Olympic medal who has had more endorsements, and it is more remarkable for one who has not even won a senior world championship medal" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/6).
FLAG BEARERS: This morning's "What's Trending" segment on NBC's "Today" featured the controversy over Under Armour's latest football uniforms for Northwestern. NBC's Matt Lauer noted people online are calling the American flag-inspired uniforms, which has what "looks to be blood stains, ... unpatriotic and disrespectful." NBC's Natalie Morales said it was not intended to represent blood stains but that it is a "distressed pattern." Lauer noted it is an "unintended result" of including graphics that are "so popular on every item." Morales: "The intent, though, of the project is great" ("Today," NBC, 11/6).
NOTES: Sports-drink brand SOS Rehydrate yesterday announced an endorsement deal with Pacers G C.J. Watson. The brand has previous endorsement deals with Izod IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon and Gold Medal-winning U.K. sailor Ben Ainslie (SOS Rehydrate)....The Lightning have partnered with Tampa-based Florida Cane Vodka. The brand will be available at two bars named after Florida Cane at Tampa Bay Times Forum (Lightning).