media brands

NBC Outbids ESPN, TNT to Snag 10-Year NASCAR Broadcast Deal

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 24, 2013 06:13 PM

On the eve of ESPN’s 18-race NASCAR season, NASCAR and NBC have confirmed a 10-year TV broadcasting deal beginning in 2015. The partnership covers all races currently broadcasted by ESPN/ABC Sports and TNT, as well as the rights to 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. NBC will share NASCAR broadcasting rights with Fox Sports, which renewed its contract with the brand in 2012. 

“NBC is known for being an exceptional partner and delivering outstanding production quality and presentation of live sports…so we are thrilled with the commitment they have made to NASCAR and its future,” said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France. “We know this partnership will yield great value to our entire industry, provide a premium experience to our most important stakeholders, the fans, and help us achieve a number of strategic growth objectives.”

Reports are that NBC will pay a 30 to 35 percent premium for the package, equaling an annual fee between $350 million and $365 million per season.Continue reading...


Ford Reboots Fiesta Movement with New Model, Social Channel

Posted by Dale Buss on July 18, 2013 07:07 PM

Encouraged by the sales recovery of its Fiesta subcompact this year, Ford is moving ahead not only with a mid-cycle "makeover" of the car itself but also with building the second phase of a social media campaign that broke a lot of ground when it debuted four years ago.

Fiesta Movement—still based on lending the car to influential entertainment and arts bloggers and getting them to promote Fiesta through their own experiences with it—has been retooled to make even more use of social media, including new platforms that weren't around in 2009 to bolster Ford's new approach.

The overhauled car is arriving in Ford dealerships now, sleeker and available with two varieties of EcoBoost engines that weren't options for the new Fiesta when it debuted in the US in 2010 after an initial launch in Europe.Continue reading...

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In the News: Google, Billabong, Chobani and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2013 09:36 AM

In the News

Google pitches online-TV service as it faces more demands by European regulators.

Billabong gets financial-rescue package.

Chobani gets caught in crosshairs of GMO debate.

Apple is said to be developing ad-skipping as part of its TV strategy.

Bank of America's Q2 profit rises 62 percent on cost-cutting campaign.

Big Ten and Detroit Lions plan to announce new bowl game at Detroit's Ford Field.

Robert Downey Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities.

EA Games' creative director jumps ship to start own gaming company. 

ESPN set to announce next X Games site this morning and finalize deal to bring back Keith Olbermann.

Fancy Feast turns to Pinterest.

Jamba Juice launches big blitz for kids' menu.

KFC tests fast-casual concept.Continue reading...

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Depend Plays Out Sports Tie-In with ESPY Sponsorship, Award Announcement

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 10, 2013 08:02 PM

When Depend undergarments come up in conversation, it used to be mainly as some kind of joke or a sad realization about an aging relative. However, the brand has been diligent in getting after its age-old stigma, and it has surprisingly snagged some high-profile—and young—stars to help it do so.  

The brand’s main weapon toward solving this puzzle has been the tie-in of professional athletes. This past April, NFL pros Wes Welker and DeMarcus Ware competed in an online competition that benefited prostate-cancer research. Now the brand is topping itself by becoming a sponsor of ESPN’s annual awards show, the ESPYs, on July 17, according to Mediapost. The brand plans to crown the winner of the competition at the show.Continue reading...

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In the News: Tribune, Yelp, Blackberry and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 10, 2013 09:31 AM

In the News

Tribune plans to spin off newspaper unit.

Yelp adds food-delivery services to site through partnerships.

BlackBerry faces same old problems after name change as CEO admits US debut of new phones was flawed.

Abbott cuts baby-formula prices in China.

Apple colluded with major publishers to drive up e-book prices, judge rules. 

Asiana Airlines pilots in first pairing struggled to line up plane that crashed, investigation reveals.

Budweiser signs Rihanna and Jay-Z for 85-country tour.

Dollar Shave Club will try out 'beardvertising' trend. 

Elizabeth Arden launches third Taylor Swift fragrance.

GM sells more cars in China than in US in first half.Continue reading...

brand strategy

ESPN Yanks 3D Channel from the Airwaves, Citing Low Viewer Adoption

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 13, 2013 06:33 PM

Disney’s ESPN launched a 3D channel three years ago that let viewers witness golf balls arcing toward them at The Masters and college football players practically bursting through the screen. Unfortunately for ESPN, there just haven’t been enough viewers who wanted to feel like they were right in the action and the channel will be shuttered by year’s end, according to Reuters.

USA Today's calls ESPN 3D “one of the biggest busts in recent sports television,” along with Fox’s NHL glow puck, Dennis Miller and Tony Kornheiser providing commentary on Monday Night Football (another Disney product), and virtual ads, among others, since not one of the sports junkies employed at the site (nor anyone they knew) had ever actually watched anything on the channel.Continue reading...

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In the News: KFC, Honest Tea, Myspace and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 13, 2013 09:16 AM

In the News

KFC drags down May results for Yum! Brands in China.

Honest Tea predicts over $100 million in sales in 2013.

Myspace runs first TV ad in revival bid.

Airbus takeoff of A350 pressures Boeing.

Amazon's Kindle debuts in India

Apollo Tyres of India buys Cooper Tires for $2.5 billion.

Audi develops "road frustration index" as it sees new sedan variant becoming best-selling version of its A3.

BMW is sued by US over criminal background checks in hiring.

Burger King faces PR mess in razor-blade mishap.

Cosi CEO resigns.

ESPN pulls plug on 3-D channel.Continue reading...

personal brands

Lombardi at 100: A Personal Brand that has Withstood Time

Posted by Dale Buss on June 11, 2013 03:12 PM

As ESPN prepares to coronate him as the greatest NFL coach of all time, it's only appropriate that today is the centenary of the man. Vince Lombardi was born on June 11, 1913, 100 years ago, and he's still considered the best leader of men the game has ever seen as well as an exemplar of effective leadership and accomplishment overall.

Because of his rock-ribbed consistency, reputation as a disciplinarian, charismatic personality, testimonials of his former players (11 of whom are in the NFL Hall of Fame)—and record of success, taking the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships over nine years in the Sixties—Lombardi rose to iconic status soon after his untimely death from cancer in September, 1970. Then-commissioner Pete Rozelle renamed the Super Bowl trophy the Vince Lombardi Trophy within days of his death.

Since then, there has occurred a revival of his beloved Packers franchise; the publication of David Maraniss's fine book on Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered; a recent successful run on Broadway for a play about Lombardi; and word that a biopic film is in the works that could star Robert DeNiro.Continue reading...

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