Brand associations can come from a numbers of sources, including owners, players, and nicknames. The success of the team is one source of brand association, but other aspects of the team and its marketing, promotion, and publicity efforts can develop strong brand associations. Thus, although they can be tremendous sources of associations, their departure can cause a significant loss of brand associations that ultimately hurts the team’s brand.
During the Great Depression, Latino immigrants struggling to survive in hard times viewed boxing as a path toward economic advancement. Latino immigrants struggling to survive in hard times also viewed boxing as a path toward economic advancement. Born in 1913 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, at a time when boxing was banned on the island, Escobar trained in clandestine gyms until boxing was legalized in 1927.
The February 3 NFL season finale will mark the tenth time the Super Bowl will be played in New Orleans, tying it with Miami as the most frequent host. Prior to 2005, New Orleans had hosted the Super Bowl a record nine times. Having last hosted the game in 2002, the 11-year gap is by far New Orleans’ biggest in the Super Bowl era.
In the 20-year history of San Antonio’s Alamodome, the building has hosted the NFL, the NCAA’s Final Four, and the NBA Finals, but never a professional baseball game. This Spring Training, the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres will play two exhibition games at the Alamodome. The games will allow the Rangers to grow their fan base South Texas, while San Diego will get to play in front of “hometown fans,” since San Antonio is home to the Padres’ Double-A affiliate.
**San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker is leaving Nike for a three-year, $1.2 million endorsement deal with Peak, which is planning a branded product line around the guard. Hope: San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker is leaving Nike for a three-year, $1.2 million endorsement deal with Peak, which is planning a branded product line around the guard. Hope: Anheuser-Busch is using one of its Super Bowl commercials to promote its new beer brand, Budweiser Black Crown.
**MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has declined to meet with San Jose’s mayor to discuss the Oakland A’s desire to move to his city. **The sports and entertainment company founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has organized a new international soccer tournament beginning this summer. A review of the team’s financial statements by Miami-Dade County also found the Dolphins have recorded $70 million in cash losses since Stephen Ross bought the team in 2008.