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Sources: Anta, Klay Thompson Negotiating Largest Chinese Shoe Deal In NBA

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 06 / 16

Chinese shoe brand Anta has made Warriors G Klay Thompson a "new multi-year shoe deal extension offer that would place him among the highest earning footwear endorsers in the league," according to sources cited by Nick DePaula of NICEKICKS.com. Thompson's representatives at BDA Sports Managemen...

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MLB Targeting Female Fans With Hello Kitty Merch

MLB's merchandise deal with Tokyo-based Sanrio Inc.'s Hello Kitty brand "may seem a curious partnership, but it worked so well in its test phases," MLB has "extended its marketing deal" with the licensor, according to Susan Krashinsky of the GLOBE & MAIL. All 30 MLB teams "will be selling co-bra ...

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Hershey, USATF Sign Seven-Year Deal

USA Track & Field has signed The Hershey Co. to a seven-year, multimillion dollar sponsorship of the organization's youth program. Under terms of the agreement, Hershey will become the presenting sponsor of a new educational initiative for youth called “Run Jump Throw,” which teaches ...

Tags: Nike, Marketing and Sponsorship, Hershey, Saucony

MLS Timbers Land Deal With Chocolatier

The MLS Timbers last night announced that they have partnered with Portland-based Woodblock Chocolate -- a local, small-batch chocolatier -- to "bring a dose of sweet to the confines of Providence Park," according to Dane Carbaugh of TIMBERS.com. As part of the deal, Woodblock will produce a special ...

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Balls & Strikes

In Portland, Allan Brettman noted Jordan Brand and Yankees SS Derek Jeter yesterday "launched a campaign to recognize" Jeter's final season. The campaign is entitled "RE2PECT" and limited-edition T-shirts with the phrase on them "go on sale Saturday." Jeter "was the first Jordan Brand-endorsed baseb ...

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Coke Goes Big With World Cup Campaign

Coca-Cola today is launching “The World’s Cup” -- its campaign for the '14 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Coke, an official FIFA sponsor, says it is the largest marketing program in company history. Coke Global Dir of Football Marketing Arnab Roy said, "The biggest one before that ...

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MLB, PepsiCo Announce Multiyear Extension

MLB this morning announced a multiyear extension of its major sponsorship with PepsiCo. The deal extends a relationship that began more than 15 years ago. Among the planned executions is a new national advertising campaign debuting later this month featuring Nationals LF Bryce Harper for Gatorade's ...

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USSF, Nike Debut New Away Kit

The U.S. Soccer Federation and Nike yesterday unveiled the away kit for the men's and women's national teams, which will be worn first by the men during tonight's friendly against Mexico. Features of the jersey include a crew neck collar and three bands representing the colors of the American flag, ...

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Cubs Ink New Sponsorship Deals

The Cubs reached a “multi-year agreement” making Weber Grill the official grill of the team and also “signed a new one-year deal with Kraft Foods Group to handle the team's ‘Decade Diner’ down the right field line,” according to Danny Ecker of CRAIN’S CHICAG ...

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New LPGA Event To Be Without Title Sponsor

The LPGA has "signed three top-tier sponsors" for the inaugural Int'l Crown tournament in July at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., according to Ryan McDonald of the BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL. The ambassador partners are Rolex, South Korea-based Hana Financial Group and Pandora Jewelry, ...

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Under Armour Makes Foray Into NASCAR

See the Listing for Under Armour Under Armour has moved into NASCAR, signing "multiyear sponsorships with Hendrick Motorsports and Michael Waltrip Racing," according to Tripp Mickle of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. UA becomes the "official apparel provider for both teams, outfitting ever ...

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