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NBA’s Sacramento Kings Await Franchise Fate While Investors Tout Brand Plans

Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 16, 2013 12:31 PM

The lowly Sacramento Kings haven't made it out of the first round of the NBA playoffs since 2004, and its owners, the Maloof family, have been threatening to move the struggling team out of Sacramento for years. This may explain why the team had the lowest average attendance (13,660) at home and are in the bottom five of Brand Keys’ annual list of NBA team fan loyalty, Forbes reports.

As the Maloofs try to unload their 65 percent share of the franchise, NBA officials will be deciding later this week whether the team will find a new home in Seattle or remain in Sacramento, thanks to competing interest in the team from two groups of investors. However one investor has a much bigger plan for the franchise if his bid is accepted.Continue reading...

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As Golf's Best Gather at the Masters, Sponsors Await Big Pay Day

Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 11, 2013 07:15 PM

The 2013 Masters Golf Tournament—one of the few golf tourneys that the world outside of the golf community actually cares about—kicked off Thursday morning as brands watch helplessly, hoping and praying that one of thier golfers is the one pulling on the famed green jacket by weekend's end. 

As Forbes points out, last year’s winner, Bubba Watson, wasn’t a big name outside of the golf world before the Masters got underway last year. Though by the end of the tournament, his main sponsor, Ping, had generated $14.2 million in media value, according to brand analyst and research firm Repucon. That's triple what the next brand, TaylorMade, got out with at $4.5 million. 

The reason the numbers vary so much is because he Masters only allows four minutes of commercials each hour and limits the amount of branding on the course so the majority of brand exposure comes from the golfers themselves and whatever airtime they get. That means sponsors of the world’s top-ranked golfers—Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose— along with such big names as Phil Mickelson (No. 9) and Watson (No. 14) will be enjoying the sight of their products far more than those who supply gear to Richard Sterne (No. 49). Unless, of course, Sterne pulls out the game of his life and ends up in or near the winner's circle.Continue reading...

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Aon Inks New Deal with Manchester United for Practice Sponsorship

Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 8, 2013 05:12 PM

Professional sports teams have such cachet with a certain block of the public that pretty much anything they do can find sponsorship. Aon and Manchester United just signed a sponsorship deal that has the British multinational risk-management, insurance and consulting company putting its name on the team’s training facilities for the next eight years.

Along with that, Aon’s name will also grace the training shirts of the ManU players and be attached to any of the team’s pre-season tours during the next eight seasons, such as “Tour 2013 presented by Aon in Asia Pacific.” If that weren’t enough, Manchester United’s business network will also use Aon for its “talent development, health, risk management, retirement and data & analytics.”Continue reading...

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No Bull, Dawgs: Georgia and Nike Team Up For a Brand Refresh

Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 3, 2013 04:03 PM

When you have hundreds of thousands of passionate fans and a legacy as a winner, a rebrand can be a dangerous thing. The University of Georgia and Nike teamed up for such a rebrand across all of its athletic teams, but the pair may have saved themselves a lot of heartache and grief by not bringing too much change to the school’s beloved football team.

It’s been 15 months in the making, and now the world can feast its eyes on just how the pair have decided to “promote a consistent and unified look across all sports” at Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

One of the odder bits in UGA's rebranding by Nike, which also just revamped the branding for Oregon State,  is the introduction of a secondary logo that features a bulldog, the school’s mascot, which doesn’t look quite as unhappy and tough as the school’s previous secondary logo of a bulldog.Continue reading...

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New Miami Dolphins Logo Confirmed After Leak Rumors

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 27, 2013 04:27 PM

After months of speculation from Miami Dolphins fans (and an extensive fan-drawn new-look uniform contest from ESPN), the new logo for one of the NFL’s worst teams for the last decade has been inadvertently unveiled and—shocker—it doesn’t have the dolphin wearing a football helmet. The logo was leaked last week on NFL.com and was confirmed Wednesday by Dolphins CEO Mike Dee. 

Speaking at a stadium renovation conference, Dee confirmed that the logo was leaked by someone at Nike, however he said "the logo is only one part of the announcement. It’s a complete re-branding of the team," the Sun Sentinel reports. Dee noted that the uniform design will be reflective of the team's origical aqua and orange color scheme.Continue reading...

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Nike Gears Up for Earnings With News of How it Plans to Fuel(Band) Growth

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 20, 2013 06:16 PM

Nike introduced the FuelBand wristband in January 2012, and it has apparently sold well enough for the company to further invest in its growth as the device at the center of the connected universe it envisions. News on how Nike plans to boost its mobile/digital offering sets the stage for the company's quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

The athletic-wear giant's inaugural Nike Accelerator mobile development incubator, announced late last year, this week awarded $20,000 to 10 different startups that are building apps for its Nike+ products. The hope, CNET reports, is “to create a platform in much the same way that Apple has created a platform with iTunes and Microsoft with Windows.”

Hundreds of app ideas were proposed to Nike and its partner, TechStars, and the 10 that will receive funding as well as mentoring from Nike include “games that encourage users to exercise and a corporate wellness app that espouses healthy living habits,” CNET notes. The companies will work on their apps in Portland, Oregon, near Nike’s campus, and then pitch them to Nike bigwigs, venture capitalists and angel investors in June.Continue reading...

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NFL, Riddell Accused of Stifling Helmet Safety Technology to Preserve Contract

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 18, 2013 05:37 PM

Athletic wear companies generally figure that partnering with professional sports leagues will lead to its brand name lodging into the minds of millions of potential consumers. They likely don’t predict that their product might be linked to major, life-changing injuries. 

Riddell has been the official helmet of the National Football League for at least a quarter century and most of that time, has likely been good for the company. In recent years, however, as the NFL’s concussion problem has made itself more known outside of the league, the association might not be as positive.

The league is facing a lawsuit from more than 4,000 former players who claim they weren’t protected as well as they should have been, with part of the battle centering around helmets that may have offered better protection, but were stifled by the league, Bloomberg reports.Continue reading...

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Quiksilver Hit With a Wave of Bad News

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 7, 2013 06:17 PM

America has spent more time working or looking for jobs in recent years and it’s put the hurt on some recreational activities. That’s been quite a blow, apparently, to Quiksilver, the brand that’s long been synonymous with surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.

Andy Mooney, who took over as CEO in January after running the show at Disney Consumer products and spending two decades at Nike, got to share the bad news with the world Thursday as the company reported not-so-great quarterly earnings. Overall revenues for the first quarter, which ended January 31, were down 3 percent to $431 million from $450 million the previous year. American net revenues dropped 9 percent in the quarter to $186 million, down from $205 million. The only major plus for the quarter was that e-commerce sales had gone up 39 percent to $33 million. Continue reading...

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