Hawks retain CSE
For the second consecutive year, CSE will be the marketing agency of record for the Atlanta Hawks. CSE is working jointly with the Hawks’ marketing team to develop advertising campaigns as well as promotion and event activation, media planning and sponsorship group assistance.
NBA’s Season of Giving under way
The NBA last week began its NBA Cares Season of Giving, a community service effort that runs through the end of the year. Events will be led by current and former players, coaches and executives and will focus on areas of education, health and wellness, and hands-on service. The Boston Celtics started off the season with their Jason Terry Thanksgiving event Nov. 19.
Cavs sign startup UpTo
The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the NBA’s first team deal with startup UpTo as the club looks for additional social media marketing outlets. UpTo launched last year, with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s Detroit Venture Partners providing the company’s seed round of financing. Its social media application allows users to share their plans and calendars.
Loyal race fans going to Vegas
Kansas Speedway season-ticket holders who renewed their accounts by Nov. 14 were automatically entered for a chance to win an opportunity to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series banquet. Daniel Nelson, Loren Washburn, Scott Strohm and Ken Nowlin Jr. and their guests will attend the banquet, a fan reception, the NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon and the NASCAR After the Lap event. The banquet is this Friday at the Wynn Las Vegas.
AT&T aligns with Heat broadcasts
AT&T U-Verse will be the presenting sponsor for Miami Heat broadcasts this year for the third consecutive season. Sun Sports’ “Heat Live” pregame show will be sponsored by Papa John’s, while the halftime show is sponsored by Chevrolet and the postgame show presented by Hyundai.
Brewers seek a ‘YOUniform’
The Milwaukee Brewers are seeking their most creative fans to participate in the “Design a YOUniform” contest. Fans are invited to submit an original design for a Brewers uniform, and the winner will receive a trip to Brewers spring training next year to see the entire team wear the design in a game. Designs can be uploaded to Brewers.com/uniform or dropped off at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. The deadline is Dec. 13.
PBR signs Monster Energy
The Professional Bull Riders signed a multiyear partnership with Monster Energy Drink to be the official energy drink of the PBR. Activations will include a “Monster Money Bull” at 10 Built Ford Tough Series events, in-arena branding positions and event title sponsorship of the series season opener, the Monster Energy Invitational, at Madison Square Garden Jan. 4-6.
Yankees win retailer award
The New York Yankees were named the 2012 MLB Club Retailer of the Year for their commitment to driving merchandise sales. The Yankees and Legends Hospitality earned the award based on improvements to the team store at Yankee Stadium as well as product innovation and reinvention.
Yankees on Broadway?
Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo have turned their attention to baseball with the commission of a new play that draws on the history of the New York Yankees, according to a Hollywood Reporter report. Kirmser and Ponturo have previously collaborated to bring “Lombardi” and “Magic/Bird” to Broadway.
Bike Expo registration open
Bike New York’s exhibitor registration is open for Bike Expo New York 2013, to be held May 2-4 at Basketball City (Pier 36) leading up to the 36th annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Free and open to the public, BE NY 2012 launched as the largest inaugural bike expo in the country, attracting more than 43,000 attendees.
PALO ALTO, CALIF.
49ers team store opens
Centerplate opened its first permanent San Francisco 49ers team store at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto. The 1,800-square-foot store features a Santa Clara Stadium Preview interactive area that allows customers to test potential sight lines at the 49ers’ planned stadium.
|Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider welcomed youth players to the new rink.
Snider foundation adds fourth rink to roster
The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation refurbished its fourth ice rink through its partnership with the city of Philadelphia. Tarken Ice Rink, in the Oxford Circle part of the city, is the last facility to get a makeover by the foundation. Founded in 2005, the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation serves 3,000 children between the ages of 5 and 17.
Comcast-Spectacor promotes ‘Big Ticket’
Comcast-Spectacor created “The Big Ticket” Sweepstakes with 93.3 WMMR. The winner of the six-week-long promotion, which requires fans to enter on the Wells Fargo Center Facebook page, will get two tickets to every event at the arena in 2013.
Army-Navy ramps up social media
The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA will have an expanded presence on social media, leading up to and following the annual matchup, this year taking place at Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 8. Scavenger hunts and trivia contests, online polls, blog posts, online chats, interaction and spirit video contests and photo submission elements are all part of the new initiatives.
Fightin Phils field ostrich
The new name of the Philadelphia Phillies’ Class AA affiliate is the Reading Fightin Phils. The Berks County team had been known as the Reading Phillies during its 46-year affiliation with the Philadelphia team. The new name will be highlighted by an ostrich logo and mascot. The team worked with San Diego-based Brandiose on the rebranding campaign.
LPGA Championship returning
The Wegmans LPGA Championship will be back in Rochester next summer, continuing the city’s long affiliation with the women’s tour. The 2013 event is June 6-9 at Locust Hill Country Club. Two major golf events will be played in Rochester next year; the PGA Championship is scheduled for Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club.
Kings players donate thousands of tickets
Eight Sacramento Kings players donated more than 5,000 tickets to the Kings for the Community program to benefit local youth groups and charitable organizations. Created in 2007, the program allows underprivileged children to attend Kings games at Sleep Train Arena.
Baseball set for Alamodome
The Texas Rangers will play a two-game exhibition series against the San Diego Padres at the Alamodome, the first time baseball will be played at the facility. The Big League Weekend is March 29-30. Tickets go on sale on Friday. Ryan Sanders Baseball collaborated with AstroTurf to build a 133,000-square-foot custom field for the Alamodome floor.
|This rendering shows the new display, which will replace an existing multi-panel board.
The Seattle Mariners are planning to install an enormous new video display at Safeco Field. The Panasonic display will stretch the entire width of the center-field bleachers, more than 200 feet wide and almost 57 feet tall. The display is reportedly the biggest portion of $15 million that the team is spending on improvements for next season.
3PT, Idol producing NCAA events
3 Point Productions is partnering with Idol Sports & Entertainment to produce game operations for the State Farm Battle in Seattle (Gonzaga vs. Kansas State) and Cougar Hardwood Classic (Washington State vs. Buffalo), both being played next month at KeyArena. This is the sixth consecutive year 3PT staff members have produced these neutral-site NCAA games.
Armor to wear casino logo
The NBA D-League Springfield Armor signed a presenting sponsorship agreement with MGM Springfield that includes a jersey logo deal. The company’s logo also will be on the court during games at the MassMutual Center. Financial terms of the one-year deal were not disclosed. The jersey deal is the fourth in the 16-team D-League.
COAST TO COAST — BEYOND THE COASTS
Barca switching jersey sponsors
|The move has angered some fans, as it will be the first time a corporate logo will appear on the team’s shirts.
City may land Formula E race
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
Team offers stadium naming rights
Cup organizers upset with U.K. media
Indebted team’s profits rise
Games’ merchandise partner named
Benz out, BMW in at Derby
Overseas Games visitor tally at 680,000
Man U reaches deal with Turkish bank
Reading FC signs Viagogo
Corinthians sign new jersey sponsor
Campeonato Brasileiro club Corinthians signed a title sponsorship deal with Brazilian bank Caixa Econômica Federal, according to a Maquina Do Esporte report. Corinthians had been without a main jersey sponsor since April when its deal with pharmaceutical company Hypermarcas expired.
Rabbitohs fans could be shareholders
Zaha Hadid wins design contest
ALSOK joins Tokyo 2020 bid
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