sports in the spotlight
Posted by Dale Buss on January 10, 2011 04:15 PM
Tiger Woods may have closed 2010 as the most polarizing figure in golf (if not all sports). But Rush Limbaugh might open the new year by taking Tiger’s place.
Radio-talk king Limbaugh — beloved by conservatives, vilified by the Left, and a curiosity to just about everyone — will be laying bare his golf game beginning Tuesday night on the Golf Channel, as the latest celebrity to become part of The Haney Project.
The idea of the series is that Hank Haney, who teaches the pros to play, tries to take the golf game of some middling but well-intended amateur to a much higher plane.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 4, 2011 06:00 PM
In year-end sales figures released today, US automakers post gains (first since the recession) as Toyota lags and Ford moves to second place behind GM. Lexus held off Mercedes-Benz and BMW to hang onto the top US luxury auto brand.
Apple's iPad is being embraced by the educational market for in-school use.
BitTorrent has more users than Netflix and Hulu combined.
BMW's electric hybrid sets $200K price point.
Consumer Reports sees packaging shrinking on US grocers' shelves.
GE unloads $6B worth of debt.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on January 4, 2011 11:00 AM
Last year will be one both Tiger Woods and Brett Favre would just as soon forget.
The Woods debacle was voted top sports story of 2010 by the Associated Press and not for reasons any sports personality would be proud of. Tiger's troubles started but didn't end with the revelation of his marital infidelities.Continue reading...
sports in the spotlight
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 16, 2010 04:00 PM
Tiger Woods' "humbling return to the public eye" has been voted the #1 sports story of the year by members of the Associated Press. The AP's top 10 after the jump.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 6, 2010 03:00 PM
The latest spot in Sky TV's award-winning Happy Place campaign featuring an overly exuberant fan mowing down her favorite TV programming (including movies such as Sex and the City 2). The amusing campaign, from DDB in New Zealand, generated buzz a year ago one decidedly politically incorrect spot you can see after the jump.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 22, 2010 09:00 AM
Allstate targets college-football road-trippers online.
Boston Market upgrades image.
Conan ratings level off but stay solid.
Dell refocuses brand, stops chasing Apple.
Delta flights suffer mishaps over weekend.
Fox moves American Idol to Wednesday-Thursday slots.
Gap launches in Italy.
GE and IBM lead green social-media efforts.
GM unveils Baojun brand in China.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 18, 2010 06:30 PM
Airbus wants Rolls-Royce to pay up for engine woes.
Babies "R" Us introduces Lazoo!, a private-label children's lifestyle brand.
Baskin-Robbins aims to revive brand in Australia.
Chevrolet Volt picks up another car of the year award, from Green Car Journal.
China Unicom to launch own smartphone brand.
Disney will produce up to 20 ads to lobby for a Best Picture nod for Toy Story 3.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on November 16, 2010 11:00 AM
When the Tiger Woods scandal broke, some marketers featuring the golf star couldn't distance themselves from him fast enough, while others tried to weather the storm. Woods reportedly dropped around $32 million in sponsorship money as a result of his marital meanderings.
But Woods was just one high-profile example of the risk associated with using a celebrity for a product endorsement. British soccer star Wayne Rooney, famously skewered by the British press for his lascivious liaisons, will be summarily dumped from a Coca-Cola campaign in the U.S. next year.
That accounts for an increase in something known as 'disgrace' insurance. No surprise, brands want their backs covered when their ambassadors don't keep theirs covered.Continue reading...