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SBD/March 24, 2014/Franchises
Twins Airing Ad Poking Fun At Themselves After Lackluster Results In Recent Seasons
Published March 24, 2014
AMUSING A's: A's Senior Dir of Marketing Troy Smith last week discussed the team's fifth season of the "Green Collar Baseball" marketing campaign. CSN Bay Area's Jim Kozimor said the ads are "always fun and funny." Smith said of getting the players to cooperate and be involved in the on-air spots, "We have a long history of funny spots and they've seen them. We show them old spots so they have an idea of what we're going for: Put them in funny situations but try to be authentic and something easy for them." Smith said the marketing staff will "start brainstorming when there's a great moment" in a game to use in a one of the spots but "really, it's in the fall, before the year turns over. We start thinking about who we want to use, what are the themes and what are their personalities like because we always try to be true to their personalities." The marketing team will "try to be sensitive" to the coaches and managers, who are attempting to prepare the team for the season -- but "they're such good sports. They are willing to do just about anything we ask them to do" ("Yahoo Sorts Talk Live," CSN Bay Area, 3/20).