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SBD Global/December 24, 2013/Marketing and Sponsorship
Puma Signs Shoe Deal With Mario Balotelli, Who Unveiled New Boots Sunday
Published December 24, 2013
BALOTELLI ENDS BLACKOUT: In N.Y., Jack Bell reported Balotelli had "gone a few weeks" wearing cleats that were "blacked out as his representatives went about the business of negotiating a new shoe sponsorship deal" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/23). In London, Alex Richards reported Puma has "long been considered major players in the sports apparel industry, but in recent times have fallen a distant third behind Nike and Adidas." Footwear sales fell 7.5% in the first nine months of '13, and Balotelli "will be a key man in their attempt to close the gap" (DAILY MIRROR, 12/23). Puma's family of star players and athletes includes Usain Bolt, Man City's Sergio Aguero, FC Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, Radamel Falcao of Ligue 1 side Monaco and golfer Rickie Fowler (SportMondo).