Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 1, 2014 02:12 PM
It's been 22 years since Evelyn Lauder created the annual Breast Cancer Awareness month of October, and once again, the NFL is going pink, in what some may see as a Hail Mary response to the league's domestic violence crisis—even though this has been an ongoing partnership.
Kicking off today, the NFL, its clubs, players, the NFL Players Association and the American Cancer Society, launched A Crucial Catch, a month-long public affairs campaign focused on promoting annual screenings for women, a key target demographic for the sport.
October 25th, designated as A Crucial Catch Day, will see US-wide health events provide free, breast cancer education and screenings, while NFL players, coaches and referees will don pink game apparel. Special pink footballs and coins will be sold at an NFL auction with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program.
While other brands, such as Nestle, have the latitude to have fun by introducing a "bra cam" this year, continuing a meme started with last year's "tweeting bra" campaign, the NFL is coming under particular scrutiny for its breast cancer tie-in this year, especially after fighting claims last year of so-called "pinkwashing."Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 19, 2014 05:37 PM
Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicks off in October and it appears that at least one brand will be using it to punish the NFL for its role in an ongoing player misconduct controversy.
P&G’s Crest brand has pulled out of A Crucial Catch, the league's breast cancer awareness initiative with the American Cancer Society, CBS Sports reports, in the wake of the domestic violence accusations and criticism of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The brand planned to have one player on each team acting as an ambassador and wearing a pink mouthguard while also engaging with fans on social media. While Crest's involvement with the campaign is no more, P&G says it still intends to donate the funds to cancer research on its own.
The decision came after the league was widely criticized for its handling of the suspension of Ray Rice for domestic violence, an incident that had a snowball effect on players and teams throughout the league. Radisson Hotels has suspended its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after Adrian Peterson was arrested for reckless child injury. This all happened, the Sacramento Bee notes, the same week the league released a report that “shows one of four players will develop neurological disease during his career.”Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Dale Buss on September 18, 2014 06:22 PM
As Bloomberg Businessweek put it in a headline this week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is "at the 50-50 yard line." In other words, the crisis over domestic violence and other misconduct by professional football players, how he is handling it—and, also importantly, how NFL sponsors are handling it—still could break either way.
The pressure on Goodell and the team owners who employ him is ratcheting up every day as the saga takes one more unwelcome turn after another. No sooner had the Minnesota Vikings reversed course yesterday and suspended Adrian Peterson just after welcoming him back into the fold, another ugly instance involving an NFL player surfaced. Arizona Cardinals running back John Dwyer now faces domestic-violence allegations, bringing the list of players facing assualt accusations to six.
Meanwhile, major NFL marketing and TV-advertising sponsors shifted rather uneasily in their seats. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi spoke out in support of Goodell and his efforts, for instance, even though she said she's "deeply disturbed" by some player behavior, and the league's mishandling of the case is "casting a cloud" over the NFL's integrity, the Wall Street Journal reported.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 18, 2014 09:32 AM
As another NFL player is suspended following domestic violence arrest, Nike and the Minnesota Vikings reverse course and suspend Adrian Peterson. Other sponsors monitor the situation as PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi signals her support for embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, while Radisson's move to drop Vikings sponsorship turned out to be a smart move. Meanwhile, female fans grow wary of league and CBS CEO Moonves hails football on TV.
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Posted by Dale Buss on September 16, 2014 03:40 PM
The National Football League continues to try to power through its season of peril like a running back knocking down linebackers. But sponsors, social critics and pro football players themselves continue to make the brand's problems hard to forget.
The latest developments following the Ray Rice scandal include a move by Radisson Hotels to suspend its sponsorship deal with the Minnesota Vikings over its decision to reinstate star running back Adrian Peterson after the team's own investigation of his indictment on child-abuse charges. A Houston TV station reported that Peterson was accused in 2013 of hitting another son, Bloomberg reported.
Other endorsement partners for the time being were standing by Peterson, who was a league MVP and had high marketability scores, according to the St. Paul Business Journal. Nike, Castrol and Wheaties were among the brands still monitoring the situation.Continue reading...
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Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 10, 2014 11:46 AM
The start of the NFL season should be a celebratory time for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but this year is a bit different thanks to TMZ’s timely release of a tape of former Baltimore Raven's running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée inside an elevator in a (now shuttered) Atlantic City casino.
The Ravens released Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely (after first only serving him a two-game suspension), but the outcry is loud over how poorly Goodell and the league handled the serious situation. In light of the most recent revelations, Rice's many endoresement deals are disappearing—including the biggest of them all, Nike.
While Rice’s wife, Janay Palmer, expressed her support for her husband and outrage over the amount of publicity her private life has received, not too many others are offering up support for the 27-year-old.
Fans, in particular, were outraged by his actions and retailers including Modell’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and NFL.com immediately removed Rice’s jersey from shelves, while the Ravens announced that they will allow fans to exchange Rice jerseys later this month, as brands move to quickly distance themselves from the debacle.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 8, 2014 05:15 PM
The NFL today issued the message that domestic violence (a growing problem) by its players will not be tolerated. But for some, it came as too little, too late.
Following a video released by TMZ showing Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens knocking out his now-wife in an elevator at the just-shuttered Revel hotel in Atlantic City back in February, the team this afternoon terminated the running back's multimillion-dollar contract and scrambled to restore their image at a press conference.
The move follows the NFL's two-game penalty for Rice in July, with the league defending that move today by stating it didn't have access to the damning elevator video before the TMZ leak. Now that the running back has been permanently cut by the team, chances are slim he'll be picked up by another team because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who released a tougher domestic violence policy two weeks ago, has suspended him "indefinitely."
Even so, some observers feel that Goodell and the league have mishandled the Rice situation and the issue of player violence against women—a target audience for the sport, which estimates that women comprise 46 percent of US pro football fans—and others in general.Continue reading...