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Chips & Putts: McIlroy Experimenting With TaylorMade Clubs In Wake Of Nike's Departure

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The AP's Doug Ferguson noted Rory McIlroy is "replacing his Nike driver and two fairway metals this week" with TaylorMade equipment while playing at the WGC-HSBC Champions as he "begins to search for new equipment" after the company in August announced that it is stepping out of the golf equip...

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Univ. of Hawaii AD Ben Jay said that the school's football team "will likely extend its apparel and equipment contract with Under Armour after it expires" in '16. Jay wrote in a Twitter message, "UA has been a good partner for us. We look forward to talking to them about our relationship and support ...

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Nike Retains Durant With Deal Worth Over $265M

Nike has "countered Under Armour's offer" of between $265-$285M to Thunder F Kevin Durant and "believes it will keep" him as an endorser for the next 10 years, according to sources cited by Rovell & Stein of ESPN.com. Nike, whose seven-year deal that guaranteed Durant $60M is expiring, ...

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Sponsors Sticking By Tony Stewart

One of Tony Stewart's primary sponsors "reaffirmed its commitment Sunday to the NASCAR star, citing 'overwhelming' public support as Stewart remains under investigation" in the death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., according to Nate Ryan of USA TODAY. Though no sponsor has "pulled its support o ...

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Citizen Watch Renews USTA Sponsorship

Citizen Watch has extended its sponsorship of the USTA and will see expanded brand visibility throughout the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) beginning with the '15 U.S. Open. The deal also will see Citizen gain an enhanced presence on digital platforms and maintain its position as the ...

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Snickers Releases First Manziel Commercial

Browns QB Johnny Manziel  stars in a new Snickers commercial that “shows him as an aerobics instructor” who goes by the name Johnny JamBoogie, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com. Clad in spandex and a headband, Manziel “is teaching a class of women all of his moves u ...

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Univ. Of Toledo Signs Deal With Cavaliers

The Univ. of Toledo on Thursday unveiled a two-year agreement with the Cavaliers to become the NBA team's "first university sponsor," according to Karen Farkas of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. UT "will spend about $100,000 a year in exchange for signs and in-game digital messages at Cavs games, and po ...

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49ers Renew Deal With U.S. Bank

The 49ers have extended their sponsorship deal with U.S. Bank with a multiyear agreement that will see it remain the team's official consumer banking partner. U.S. Bank will have a presence at Levi’s Stadium, including providing all on-site ATMs. The bank also will feature 49ers-branded produc ...

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College Football Marketing Notes

Aflac is rolling out a series of college football activations, including a new TV commercial, an online sweepstakes and a partnership with ESPN's Desmond Howard. The new spot, titled "The Paymaker," debuted during Thursday's Texas A&M-South Carolina game on SEC Network. It depicts the Aflac ...

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Comcast-NASCAR Deal To Be Announced

See the listing for Xfinity Comcast and NASCAR plan to announce a 10-year sponsorship agreement next week that will turn the sport’s secondary circuit into the Xfinity Series. The deal, which is valued at close to $200M, is expected to be announced on Wednesday in Charlotte, ...

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Bellis Not Likely To Strike Endorsement Deals

Fifteen-year-old American tennis player CiCi Bellis on Tuesday became the youngest competitor to win a U.S. Open match in 18 years, but it is "doubtful she will strike big endorsement deals anytime soon" since she intends to keep her amateur status, according to E.J. Schultz of AD AGE. Bel ...

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