Timing Is Everything; Brands Berra And Brady Linked Together

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There is a tinge of irony that on the day Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were dealing with the heavy-handed ruling by the NFL, politicians on New Jersey were circulating a petition to have Yogi Berra recognized for The Presidential Medal of Freedom. While many opined … [Read more...]

On An Amazing Weekend, Beats And Burger King Stole The Show

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The first few days of May certainly brought its share of interesting stories. From the banning of journalists not just from the Pacquiao -Mayweather fight but from the PGA Tour (Stephanie Wei) to Alex Rodriguez tying Willie Mays and the firestorm of recognition or non-recognition … [Read more...]

OYO Boyo, The Cool Collectables Back For The Draft…

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Last year we wrote about the great growth of OYO Sports, filling a need and then thriving on the unique-LEGO-like collectable market for sports. The company secured the licenses for a majority of the leagues to create player by player images with the popular building blocks and … [Read more...]

Howling About Fantasy Sports: Catching Up With Rick Wolf

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While the casual fan may think that all this “fantasy” stuff is new from a business perspective, in reality the roots of fantasy are a few decades old, and there are few who understand the history, the success, and the failures of the business better than Rick Wolf. A Fantasy … [Read more...]

Moving To Become Kings Of Pay Fantasy

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The following post also appeared Saturday on The Daily Payoff Experts will say a key factor in driving business is healthy competition. “You want to be the Avis to their Hertz,” the late Jay Larkin, former head of Showtime Sports, once said, when referring to his network’s … [Read more...]

Small Size, Huge Talent; Talking Sports Biz With The Browns Andrew Hawkins

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This time of year has become conference time for some reason; Leaders In Sport, MIT Sloan, SEME, SINC, Sportel, World Congress of Sports, IEG, SxSW, SMWW at the NFL Draft Combine, the Kellogg School, SABR, Hashtag Sports…there is hardly a day, let alone a week from mid-February … [Read more...]

Butler and Brady Give Chevy A Super Brand Bounce…

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It wasn’t exactly the Chevy Guy moment from the World Series, but GMC and Chevy again found a way to extend their NFL partnership in its last year by taking the mundane afterthought, the presentation of a new vehicle to the Super Bowl MVP, and extending the shelf life of the … [Read more...]

Navigating The Sports Digital Space With Chris Russo…

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As we get through Super Bowl weekend, there are few that understand the convergence of digital, fantasy and the NFL better than Chris Russo. Russo has been ahead of the curve in his time at the NFL, in his time as the founder of what was Fantasy Sports Ventures and became The Big … [Read more...]

Will The MVP Presentation Give Us Another “Wilde” Moment?

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It used to be such a huge part of a league sponsorship because frankly, the players really need and used the cars. However now the ritual of handing the Super Bowl, MLB, NHL or NBA MVP a set of keys to a car he may never drive is much more about the final exposure for the brand … [Read more...]

Ratings, Sponsors, Rule Innovations, Maybe The Pro Bowl Does Work?

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This week the usual lament when on that has flowed the Pro Bowl almost since its existence; after all Vince Lombardi once called it “The Toilet Bowl” because of its lack of insignificance, and Bill Parcells often found ways around coaching in the game because the losers of the … [Read more...]