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NBA Sends Draft Lottery Issue To Committee For More Study

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 22 / 14

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver  today said that owners have sent back the issue of draft lottery reform to the league's competition committee for additional study with a need to find the right balance between creating appropriate incentives and allowing a draft to work as it should. He also addr...

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NBA Advertisers Not Running For The Hills Yet

The NBA canceled all November games, but ad spending on the NBA “is heavily back-loaded to the second half of the season and the playoffs, when ratings and fan interest surge,” according to Dan Hirschhorn of AD AGE. ESPN is “shifting early-season ad dollars into its menu of college ...

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Adrian Gonzalez On Cover For "MLB 12 The Show"

Sony yesterday named Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez the cover athlete for "MLB 12 The Show" video game. The cover is Gonzalez’s first, and he will become the spokesperson for the franchise and assist in the consultation and integration of the marketing campaign ( Sony ). In Boston, Brendan Lynch n ...

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Fox Selling Plenty Of Ads For First UFC Fight

Fox has had "no trouble selling ads in and around" Saturday's UFC fight featuring Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, the first MMA bout to air on broadcast TV in primetime, according to Anthony Crupi of AD WEEK. Fox Cable Sports Exec VP/Ad Sales Todd Siegel said, "We sold out ...

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Pacquiao's Sponsor Portfolio Continues To Grow

Manny Pacquiao already is "boxing’s undisputed champion pitchman, with an endorsement portfolio that puts him in a league with stars from major league team sports," according to Morgan Campbell of the GUELPH MERCURY. BusinessWeek magazine in January "ranked Pacquiao 24th on its Power 100 list ...

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Tim Thomas Inks First Endorsement Deal

Arbella Insurance Group has signed Bruins G Tim Thomas “to his first endorsement deal,” and he “will star in a marketing campaign" for the Massachusetts-based company starting in January, according to Greg Turner of the BOSTON HERALD. The deal is Arbella’s “first a ...

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Marketplace Roundup

The latest public surveys from Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, a tracker of public perceptions of athletes and other celebrities, show that Eagles QB Michael Vick “still stands as the least liked player in the NFL.” The poll found that “a full 60% of respondents” said Vic ...

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Best Buy Returning To Super Bowl

Best Buy has “purchased one 30-second spot, marking the second time in its 45-year history that it will advertise during the Super Bowl,” according to Natalie Zmuda of AD AGE. The retailer made its Super Bowl debut during last year's game. Best Buy CMO Barry Judge said that the company & ...

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Visa Offering Trip To Super Bowl XLVI In Promo

Visa has launched an "extensive campaign" for the '11-12 NFL season that centers on a sweepstakes offering a Visa cardholder "a chance to attend Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5 with 10 of his or her family and friends," according to Stuart Elliott of the N.Y. TIMES. Cardho ...

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NFL House To Host Super Bowl Partners

The NFL is “moving forward on a new level of league-administered hospitality called NFL House -- a high-end, drop-in facility for business partners that will operate from Thursday through Sunday of Super Bowl week in Indianapolis,” according to Terry Lefton in this week’s SPORTSBUS ...

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Pressure Mounting On LOCOG Sponsor Dow

Former London Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell and U.K. Home Affairs Select Committee Chair Keith Vaz yesterday “held private talks” with LOCOG CEO Sebastian Coe, who “was asked to justify the [US$11.2M] deal with the Dow Chemical Company, which has been accused of failing to address ...

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