Lightning CEO Steve Griggs eyes emerging sponsorship opportunities

Daily / Friday, June 24, 2022
TAMPA -- The Lightning brand has never been stronger as the club competes for a third consecutive Stanley Cup championship, and CEO Steve Griggs told SBJ he is eyeing new opportunities to leverage that popularity. That includes exploring emerging sponsorship categories, finding the club’s first jersey patch partner...

Predators brass stress stability for ownership transition

Daily / Friday, June 24, 2022
Current Predators majority Owner Herb Fritch and future Owner Bill Haslam at a press conference Thursday "repeatedly stressed how little is going to change under new ownership" when Haslam takes over in '25, according to Gentry Estes of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Haslam will "never be incognito" like...

Spurs lead alliance of sports teams aiding Uvalde

Daily / Friday, June 24, 2022
The Spurs “have taken a leadership role” in a coalition of Texas sports teams "seeking to provide long-term support for the shattered Uvalde community," according to Tom Orsborn of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. Assisted by the NBA, four franchises -- the Spurs, Mavericks, Rockets and Stars --...

NBA Franchise Notes: Thunder's draft sticks to script of rebuild plan

Daily / Friday, June 24, 2022
In Oklahoma City, Jenni Carlson writes the Thunder did not “deviate from the plan that had been rumored” in drafting Gonzaga C Chet Holmgren last night. Carlson writes this might be the night the Thunder rebuild "turns a corner.” But into every draft pick, “luck will fall.” Since the...

Magic energize fan base with Banchero pick

Morning Buzz / Friday, June 24, 2022
The Magic selected Paolo Banchero out of Duke No. 1 overall in last night's NBA Draft, and thousands of fans at the team's Amway Center draft party "erupted when Banchero’s name was announced and confetti fell from the ceiling." There will be "time later to come back down to earth...

Envy Gaming renews sponsorship with Jack Link’s

Esports / Thursday, June 23, 2022
With a branding that includes a steer, it makes sense that Jack Link’s wants to do business with companies from Texas. Today, Envy Gaming announced that it’s renewing its sponsorship deal with Jack Link’s that first kicked off in 2019. The jerky brand says this...

Patriots to bring back throwback red uniforms for select games in '22

Daily / Thursday, June 23, 2022
Patriots throwback red jerseys, with "white and blue shoulder stripes," will be “making a return for select games this year,” according to Nicole Yang of the BOSTON GLOBE. The helmet with the "Pat Patriot logo and white pants with red and blue stripes round out the look."...

Version1 submits bid to Riot Games' Valorant partnership program

Esports / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Esports organization Version1, whose owners are the Wilf family of the Minnesota Vikings, has applied to Riot Games’ partnership program for Valorant’s esports scene. The move isn’t a surprise, as Version1 has been active in the hero shooter’s competitive scene since it kicked off in...