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• Tony Wyllie has been named regional president and managing director for Special Olympics North America. Wyllie most recently was svp-communications for the NFL’s Washington Redskins since 2010. His three-decade career also includes PR/communications w the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans.

• The Los Angeles Clippers have signed a deal with Los Angeles-based tech firm Honey, which includes naming rights to team's renovated Honey Training Center: Home of the L.A. Clippers and its logo on team practice jerseys. According to Honey, "10 million-plus members worldwide use Honey's suite of free tools daily to save time and money when shopping online.”

• Washington Mystics forward-guard Elena Delle Donne has been named 2019 WNBA MVP.  It is the second MVP award for seven-year player, making her the first player in WNBA history to earn the honor with two different teams (2015 Chicago Sky).

• BMW Group Russia has signed a deal with tennis star Daniil Medvedev, currently ranked No. 4 in the world, who fell in five sets to Rafael Nadal in the recent U.S. Open Grand Slam finals. Medvedev, who will represent Russia in the inaugural ATP Cup tournament in Australia this January, will participate in various brand activities, including a BMW patch on his shirt, in Russia and worldwide to be unveiled at a later date.

• SoFi Stadium, which will be the new $6 billion home venue for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers beginning in 2020, will open July 25-26 with two Taylor Swift concerts.

• CBD edible company Bhang, Miami, has acquired Red Ace, a leading organic beverage company. Bhang plans to launch a Red Ace-branded line of CBD/terpene-style beverages and products, including functional sparkling beverages. Athlete ambassadors include Christian Ramirez, Russell Canouse and Kelyn Rowe (MLS) and Spencer Keiboom (Washington Nationals). Red Ace products are currently sold at more than 1,400 locations, including Whole Foods and Amazon.

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (Sept. 14-Oct. 27), which includes the first public screening of the only known complete broadcast of Super Bowl I (then known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game) in January 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

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 Pro Football Hall of Fame First-Time Candidates Class of 2020
• DE John Abraham
• LB Lance Briggs
• WR/Special Teams Josh Cribbs
• RB Maurice Jones-Drew
• S Troy Polamalu
• DE Justin Smith
• WR Reggie Wayne
• LB Patrick Willis

The full list includes 122 players eligible to be selected to next year's class. Full story here.

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• Airline: JetBlue
• Athletic Footwear:Nike
* Automotive: Hyundai
• Banks: Chase
• Beer: Corona Extra (regular), Miller Lite (Lite)
• Bottled Water: Dasani
• Casual Dining: Panera
• Coffee (OOH): Dunkin’
• Energy Drinks: Red Bull
• Headphones: Bose
• Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s
• Major League Sports: MLB
• Online Music: Slacker
* Online Retailer: Amazon
• Online Travel Booking: Booking.com
• Pizza: Domino’s
• QSR: Chick-fil-A
• Retail Sporting Goods: Dick’s
• Social Networking Sites: Instagram
• Soft Drinks: Coca-Cola (regular), Diet Coke
• Tequila: Jose Cuervo
• Ticketing Services: StubHub
• Vodka: Zubrowka
• Whiskey: Jack Daniel’s

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Weekend Box Office Sept. 13-15
1. It 2 $40.7M
2. Hustlers $33.2M
3. Angel Has Fallen $4.4M
4. Good Boys $4.3M
5. Lion King $3.6M
6. Hobbs & Shaw $2.8M
7. Overcomer $2.7M
8. The Goldfinch $2.6M
9. Peanut Butter Falcon $1.9M
10. Dora and the City of Lost Bold $1.9M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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Sep262016

Gatorade Puts Consumers On Burn Notice With J.J. Watts, Bryce Harper, K-A Towns

By Barry Janoff

Originally published at SportsBiz@SportsBlog

September 26, 2016: TV is filled with shows that have a nasty edge, either pranking people, purposely pitting known adversaries together in close quarters to create physical altercations or showing endless streams of YouTube clips of people being people — where the equation being the more inane or injurious the scenario, the louder the laughs.

Gatorade has created, in essence, its own unreal reality show, “Burn It To Earn It,” staring the likes of J.J. Watt, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bryce Harper and James Rodriguez.

Via a series of ads, as the purportedly unscripted scenario goes, Gatorade calls to task some of its own consumers, who the PepsiCo brand apparently sees as, what Wayne and Garth would have deemed, as “unworthy.”

In nearly a dozen spots, “unsuspecting people” casually walking down the street who by sheer coincidence are drinking a Gatorade are challenged to sweat for the right to enjoy the product.

The plot in each starts with an unmarked white van pulling onto an empty street. Depending on the star of the ad, a mini-sports scene is then created: football props for NFL all-pro Watt, basketball hoops for rising NBA star Towns, bases and baseballs for MLB All-Star Harper and a soccer net and ball for Real Madrid star Rodriguez.

With cameras rolling — and “ad-lib” commentary from sideline announcers J.A. Adande (ESPN) and comedian/actor Rick Ingraham — passersby who just happen to be in the right place (for Gatorade) at the wrong time (for themselves) are chastised for having purchased the product but not living up to the standards of Gatorade’s marketing mantras: “Fuel to Power Your Game,” “Win From Within,” “The Sports Fuel Company” and the most recent tag, “Sweat It To Get It.”

In sales terms, the equivalent might be Starbucks refusing to serve customers who don’t order “Venti” or Chevy taking the keys away from Camaro owners who don’t drive fast enough.

Not to mention that “more than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle,” according to the Centers for Disease Control.

In “Jump Ball,” a diminutive woman has her Gatorade taken away by the seven-foot tall Towns, who holds the bottle above his head and makes the woman jump for it. “A very controversial play there by the unsweaty woman with the Gatorade,” say Azande.

“You just take my Gatorade?!” she says to Towns. “You gotta earn it,” he explains. “You gotta earn the sugar.” As she unsuccessfully leaps in the air, Ingraham says, “What’s the opposite of hang time? She’s got those athletic sandals on.” Towns eventually lowers his arm, enabling the woman to reclaim her prize.

In “Dunk Contest,” a “tiny, sweatless man who has yet to earn his Gatorade” is enlisted into the “First Annual Gatorade Slamfest,” The guy, much shorter than Towns, is degraded by the announcers: “Not a Dunk,” “Awkward” and “?.” Towns shows the guy how it is done, first picking the guy up like a rag doll and then swatting away an attempted shot.

Houston Texans’ defensive end Watt, in full pads and helmet, gets to show his tackling skills in “Big Hit” when he body-slams a clueless pedestrian holding a Gatorade into the trash, then chases another guy down the street, yelling, “Oh, yeah. You’re next.”  According to the announcers, “You can’t just waltz through here with a bottle of Gatorade you didn’t sweat for.”

Watt puts a woman to the test when she has to earn her Gatorade by pushing a “Blocking Sled,” which players such as the 6’5”, 289. lb. Watt use for strength training and endurance.

When she predictably fails to move the weight-laden sled, Watt’s words of encouragement are, “My grandmother pushes her shopping cart with more effort than that.” He offers to help, which translates to Watt screaming at her, “Push harder! Put some legs into it!” When she does move the sled a few inches, he yells, “Yes! That’s what I’m taking about!”

Harper gets his turn at bat in “Slow Pitch,” which finds him, a catcher and an umpire, all in full uniform, standing in the middle of deserted street. A guy wanders into the scene and, fortunately for Gatorade, he not only just happens to be carrying a bottle of Gatorade but is also wearing a Washington Nationals jersey.

“You got a Gatorade in your hand and you ain’t sweating?,” observes Harper. “You gotta earn it.” He gives the guy a baseball in exchange for the Gatorade and tells him to pitch to him.

The guy, fortunately for the narrative and the announcers, has a terrible arm. “He threw it like a shot-put. He has the arm of a weak, sad kitten,” they say over a loudspeaker. “With an arm like that, this guy is going to be professional at nothing for a long time.” One pitch hits Harper, who chases the guy down the street.

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Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day.

Other spots include:

• Harper "Pickle," "Pepper"

• Watt: "Snap"

• Towns: "D-Up"

• Rodriguez: "Red Card"

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