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NBA's Big Names Get Even Bigger

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 4, 2012 10:05 AM

If there is one thing NBA stars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Derrick Rose need, it's more exposure, don’t you think? Forget their break-ups and make-ups... basketball's major personal brands are making sure their names are out there in bold print across the nation with three totally different deals.

You’d think the Chicago Bulls point guard, Rose, who is making almost $95 million over five seasons, had enough cash in the bank to survive for some time, but the word from Business Insider is that he’s bolstering his accounts by signing a “lifetime endorsement” deal with Adidas that will pay him $250 million. Not bad for a 23-year-old in a rough economy who may or may not have had someone else take his SATs for him. It’s actually a 10-year deal, according to ESPN, that would have Rose serve as the “face” of Adidas. As ESPN hears it, Rose’s shoes outsell LeBron’s in China.

Meanwhile, James is shoring up his name and fame by opening his own retail store in Miami over the holidays, while Bryant is having fun spoofing his image for Nike.Continue reading...

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Nike Adds Miami Heat to LeBron 9 Shoe

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 22, 2011 10:01 AM

The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks will reprise their NBA Finals matchup from last season on Christmas Day, the first day of this shortened NBA season. The Heat will likely get to watch the Mavs celebrate their Finals victory again before they tipoff their new season.

LeBron James, who says that it took him two or three weeks to start coming out of his depression after the Finals, isn’t going to enjoy the show too much.  Something he will likely enjoy is the launch of a special design for his ninth signature shoe with Nike, the LeBron 9, which is slated for release on Dec. 31st.

The Huffington Post reports that Nike is putting a little bit of Miami flavoring in the $170 shoe by commissioning locally-flavored art from one of the city’s coolest artists, Alvaro Ilizarbe, who goes by the name Freegums, for one version of the shoe.Continue reading...

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McDonald's Keeps Performing Like a Growth Company

Posted by Dale Buss on November 14, 2011 10:01 AM

The McDonald's juggernaut just keeps going. Global same-store sales were up 5.5 percent in October, fueled by the chain's popular annual Monopoly promotion (this year featuring LeBron James), featured products such as the McRib in the United States, and strong performance in international markets.

And now, eager to protect that solid growth, McDonald's is hatching a plan for how it will continue to defy the mature-company label in the future. Its three-pronged growth plan includes a continued emphasis on menu options, on modernizing the customer experience, and on broadening access to its stores, CEO Jim Skinner told attendees at its Investor Day conference last week.

McDonald's so-called Plan to Win strategy is similar in terms of concept and success to the One Ford plan that Ford CEO Alan Mulally hatched a few years ago and has carried out with great success. There's nothing that can push a company through the kind of awful stretch suffered by the global economy lately like a visionary CEO with a well thought-out plan, who executes with deliberation and determination. Alan Mulally, meet Jim Skinner.Continue reading...

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Nike, LeBron, Wish Basketball Would Never Stop

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 7, 2011 01:32 PM

Despite weekend talks the NBA lockout continues, making Nike's latest "Basketball Never Stops" spot from W+K (above) all the more poignant. Starring a determined LeBron James, Nike's social marketing including a Facebook push and Twitter hashtag, #BasketballNeverStops, managed by the Nike Basketball feed. The owner of the Miami Heat, meanwhile, was fined $500,000 last week for venting on Twitter about the stalemae. More on the campaign below.Continue reading...

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Carmelo Anthony Makes a Big Splash in His Jordan Brand M8's

Posted by Michael Waltzer on October 26, 2011 06:01 PM

You may not be able to walk on water, but Carmelo Anthony can.

Last Thursday (Oct. 20) marked the date of a spectacular launch event for his new M8 Jordan Brand sneaker. Inviting guests to NYC's Pier 54 to the Hudson River, an 85-foot 3D projector was used to project a truly one-of-a-kind light show on the water.

It began with a helicopter dropping someone dressed in white into the water — before a giant vision of the New York Knick was visible, running up and down the water dribbling a basketball. Nike's Jordan Brand marketers also used the entire front of a building for another projector which showed Carmelo running across it to shoot a basket.Continue reading...

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Shaun White's Star Rises

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 19, 2011 11:59 AM

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White is boosting his personal brand, big time. The champion snowboarder just partnered with D6 Sports to launch his own action sports product line, Shaun White Supply Co., at an event (above) with the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas.

Offering action sports hard goods including skateboards, bikes, stunt scooters, protective gear, and ramps and rails, SWSC’s website says its "main focus is to create, produce and deliver authentic products at an affordable price."

What's more, "Every product has been rigorously tested, changed and tested again until Shaun and his team felt the Shaun White Supply Co. standards were met. It was important to White that not only could SWSC’s products be used by him in competition, but that they could also be used by recreational athletes in an effort to give individuals the opportunity to enjoy, experiment and excel in action sports."

The namesake collection follows on White's other high-profile deals.Continue reading...

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Top 10 Stories of the Week: Solo Red Cup Anthem, LeBron, Stella, JLo and more

Posted by csauser on October 14, 2011 04:30 PM

Our most-read blog posts of the week include Solo Red Cup Anthem, LeBron James, Stella Artois, JLo , and more:

#1 Toby Keith Late to the Party with Solo Red Cup Anthem

#2 LeBron James: Heart of a Lion, Logo of a Lamb

#3 Bank of America Increases Fees Despite Ongoing Occupation

#4 Aaron Rodgers Makes Low-Key National Advertising Debut

#5 Stella Artois Sexes Up the Perfect Pour

#6 Jennifer Lopez Turns Second Video Into a Fiat Commercial (Paid for by Fiat)

#7 Ben & Jerry's Mooved by Occupy Wall Street Protests

#8 Real Steel's Over-the-Top Product Placements (and the FOX/NFL Bot Tie-In We Already Have)

#9 Men, Be a Pepper! Be a Slimmer, More Manly Pepper!

#10 The Original Penguin Jacket Makes Cars Jump With Joy. Or Something.

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LeBron James: Heart of a Lion, Logo of a Lamb

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 12, 2011 09:58 AM

LeBron James has become the NBA player that fans love to hate ever since he unceremoniously dumped his home state of Ohio and moved along to the Miami Heat last season to seemingly become part of some sort of freakishly unstoppable winning machine. Unfortunately for the Heat and its fans, the team was stoppable — even though it took until the NBA Finals to get the brakes to completely work. 

And now, everyone in the NBA has been stopped, due to the lockout that owners and agents and players and veterans and league execs and tons of lawyers, among others, are busy trying to get untangled in order for some actual NBA games to be played this season.

Do you think all that dislike and the lack of a season is stopping the James Marketing Juggernaut? Of course not. It’s time for it to go into overdrive. One of his sponsors, Nike, is releasing a line of James off-court apparel featuring a lion logo designed to honor LeBron’s “heart of a lion.”  

The generic-looking logo is “reminiscent of the coat of arms of medieval English monarchs such as King Richard the Lionheart,” according to USA Today.Continue reading...

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