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Volume 24 No. 112
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Marketplace Roundup

In Green Bay, Thomas Rozwadowski noted State Farm is “offering Wisconsin residents a chance to win dinner for themselves and two friends” with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The grand prize also includes a "Rodgers-signed State Farm championship belt and a trip for two to see the Packers play the New York Giants on the road (game tickets, airfare, hotel and food) next season.” Rodgers has an endorsement deal with State Farm and has appeared in several commercials for the insurance company (, 1/11).

BUILDING ANTICIPATION: In Orlando, Josh Robbins notes Magic C Dwight Howard spent part of his time yesterday prior to the team’s game against the Trail Blazers “on the campus of adidas' North America headquarters” in Portland. During his visit, Howard and company officials “talked about their plans for All-Star Weekend in Orlando on Feb. 24-26.” Howard said there would be "some kind of big celebration in Orlando for all the fans down there." Howard: "We're looking forward to having something crazy. I can't tell you guys right now, but it's going to be fun" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/12).

FLAVOR BOOST: Sheets Brand Energy Strips announced that Clippers G Chris Paul has joined the company’s roster of brand partners. Paul will introduce with brand’s new flavor, Mint Boost, and has directed his own commercial that launched yesterday as part of Sheets’ national Facebook competition (Sheets).

: Patriots WR Wes Welker is growing a playoff mustache and has “teamed up with Sportiqe Apparel Co. for a limited-edition T-shirt celebrating his facial hair, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Wes Welker Foundation, a fund set up for at-risk youth living in Oklahoma City.” In addition, the Boston Herald is giving away 10 “Catching Passes and Growing Staches” T-shirts, including one autographed by Welker (BOSTON HERALD, 1/12).