Adidas North America President Mark King said that charges filed last week against two Adidas execs in a youth basketball bribery scandal are "'serious allegations' and that Adidas is fully cooperating with federal investigators." In Portland, Jeff Manning notes King has insisted that the inquiry will have "no effect on the resurgence that allowed Adidas to overtake Nike's Jordan division in the U.S. sneaker market last month" (Portland OREGONIAN, 10/12).
THEY GROW UP SO FAST: In Dallas, Kate Hairopoulos notes Cowboys QB Dak Prescott yesterday "served as a celebrity coach as part of a promotion for NFL's Play Football and Campbell's Chunky Soup." On his progression as an actor in commercials, Prescott said, "I'm getting used to it. I like for them to give me an idea and just let me fly." Prescott on how he handles being a spokesperson: "It's important just to be me, just continue to be myself, to be as genuine as I can be, no matter what the situation, environment or subject that is being talked on, and just knowing and making sure I'm educated in these events and everything going on as well" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/12).
SIGN ME UP: The MLB Rangers and Sacramento-based tech company DialSource "signed an agreement for an undisclosed amount earlier this year to use the company’s Denali for Salesforce Lightning software to better reach customers." In Sacramento, Victor Patton noted DialSource "offers sales automation software to help businesses more efficiently make outbound sales calls and receive inbound customer service calls." The tech company has been "actively pursuing sports teams as customers," particularly since signing the NBA Kings as a client years ago. DialSource also signed agreements with the Dynamo, and in August signed the Staples Center (BIZJOURNALS.com, 10/10).