MARKETING NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
REEBOK GOES PRO-LINE: This week's BRANDWEEK reports that
"Reebok is expected to soon gain a top-level Pro-Line license"
from the league, and -- pending approval -- to supply teams in
New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Seattle with sideline
apparel (BRANDWEEK, 11/14 issue).
BACK TO SCHOOL: This week is National Education Week, and
several NFL players will be returning to school as part of the
NFL/J.C. Penny 4th annual "Take A Player to School" contest.
Selected K-12 students will take local NFL players into their
classrooms and schools for discussions on the value of education
and Q-and-A sessions (NFL).
LOVE AND MARRIAGE: Last night's "Married with Children" on
Fox -- which featured former NFL greats Ken Stabler, Lawrence
Taylor, Bubba Smith, Rod Martin, and Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds --
was written around a promotion for Royal Crown Cola and the Pro
Bowl. Donald Lenehan, Royal Crown's Senior Marketing VP: "We
like the fact that [the show] has a bit of an edge -- a slightly
controversial nature. We're trying to associate ourselves with
something different than our big cola competitors would do" (Jane
Von Bergen, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/12).