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Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Seitel: Say Goodbye to the Washington Redskins
By Fraser Seitel
 
redskinsThe opposition to the Washington Redskins name has converged so quickly and landed so ferociously that the textbook public relations program adopted by the team's opponents may have gotten lost in the tidal wave.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Foley: NFL Denies, Delays, Defends, Defames
By Kevin Foley
 
league of denialPBS "Frontline" aired the scathing documentary "League of Denial" last evening revealing how the National Football League has addressed the troubling issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) among former players.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Atlantic Rips 'Non-Profit' NFL, Sacks PR Head
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
nflTaxpayers fund stadiums of the National Football League, broadcast deals escape antitrust laws, the NFL is technically a 501/c/6 "non-profit," and commissioner Roger Goodell makes $30 million yearly, says the October Atlantic in an article titled, "How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers."
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
Russians Zap Zippo PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
zippoZippo Manufacturing Co. today pulled its social media campaign, which cashed in on the embarrassing Red Square flame-out of the Olympic torch during a Vladimir Putin-attended ceremony on Oct. 6, to mark the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Sep. 19, 2013
Vance Leads Collegiate Sports PR Group
By Greg Hazley
 
doug vanceFormer Univ. of Kansas media relations director Doug Vance has been named executive director of the College Sports Information Directors of America, the trade group for PR pros representing collegiate athletics.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
NBA Vet Dribbles to Coyne
By Kevin McCauley
 
david cooperSeven-year vet of the National Basketball Assn., including a stint at senior director of marketing communications, joins Coyne PR as VP in its sports and media practice.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Oklahoma State, Boone Pickens Rap Sports Illustrated Expose
By Greg Hazley
 
oklahomaOklahoma State University and top booster T. Boone Pickens have launched PR blitzes to address and push back against a Sports Illustrated expose on the school's football program.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Sep. 6, 2013
NY Tribe Targets Redskins in Season-Long Campaign
By Greg Hazley
 
redskins, oneidasNew York's Oneida Indian Nation, flush with cash from its casino and gas station operations, has launched an ad and PR blitz against the NFL's Washington Redskins, pressuring the franchise to change its name.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
Foley: NFL, ESPN Butt Heads on Concussion Report
By Kevin Foley
 
kevin foleyThere is growing evidence that brain trauma sustained by NFL football players could lead to profound, long-term cognitive disability. But did the NFL turn a blind eye to the problem?
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Aug. 26, 2013
Seitel: Shutting Down A-Rod's Loudmouth
By Fraser Seitel
 
seitelAlex Rodriguez' lawyer was single-handedly -- and with breathtaking speed -- destroying the last shreds of the star's reputation before A-Rod pulled the PR plug.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Sard Verbinnen Works Devils Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
devilsSard Verbinnen & Co is working PR for the $320M acquisition of the New Jersey Devils hockey franchise by private equity financiers David Blitzer and Joshua Harris.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Aug. 13, 2013
PR Firms Prep Studio PR for 'Hunger Games' Release
By Greg Hazley
 
Hunger GamesMovie studio Lionsgate has cast outside PR counsel as it prepares the highly anticipated November release of the sequel to 2012's blockbuster "Hunger Games" film.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Aug. 9, 2013
Judge Dismisses Defamation Charges Against PR Firm, ESPN
By Greg Hazley
 
A Texas court Aug. 6 dismissed defamation and other charges against Spaeth Communications and ESPN in a suit by former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Aug. 7, 2013
R&C Casts Zucker for Southeast Push
By Greg Hazley
 
valerie zuckerRogers & Cowan has acquired Boca Raton-based boutique firm Zucker PR to push into south Florida and the southeastern U.S.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Jul. 16, 2013
Spectators Few, Enthusiasm High at Chevy All-Star Parade Down 42nd
By Kevin McCauley
 
red carpetSophisticated (jaded?) New Yorkers did not exactly turn out in big numbers for today’s Major League Baseball's "Red Carpet Show" down 42nd St. from Bryant Park to Second Avenue.  
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
J-Lo Publicist Handles Dictator Crisis
By Greg Hazley
 
turkThe PR team for singer Jennifer Lopez is working to contain the perception that she serenaded the repressive dictator of Turkmenistan with "Happy Birthday" at an oil company event in the Asian country June 29.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
Can Marketers Protect Themselves From Athletes Gone Bad?
By Arthur Solomon
 
solomonWith the arrest of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for murder, an ongoing probe of Major League Baseball players, and the generally disgraceful actions of fans, is there any way that marketers tied to sports can protect themselves when an athlete spokesperson goes bad?
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Raiders' Ousted PR Head Joins Browns Roster
By Greg Hazley
 
brownsZak Gilbert, the Oakland Raiders PR head who was fired earlier this month after reports that the team's owner didn't like a Sports Illustrated feature about the franchise, has landed with the Cleveland Browns in a key PR role.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Jun. 12, 2013
Luntz Tackles Redskins Name Controversy
By Greg Hazley
 
redskinsRepublican polling and consulting firm Luntz Global has waded into the Washington Redskins name controversy and is planning a focus group this week on the NFL and the franchise.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Jun. 3, 2013
Raiders Ax PR Chief After SI Feature
By Greg Hazley
 
raidersThe Oakland Raiders, an iconic National Football League franchise with a storied past and rocky present, have fired PR chief Zak Gilbert after a year.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
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