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A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:41 pm

For the next three seasons, Chicago White Sox evening home games will begin at 7:11 pm. Why such a precise and odd time? It turns out that the 7-Eleven store chain is paying $500,000 for the privilege.

Link:
http://www.freakonomics.com/blog/200...god-had-had-corporate-sponsorship/
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:15 pm

YET another example oh how stupid Americans are with money.
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:28 pm

Oh dear Lord what are they smoking on Madison Avenue?

"This first pitch brought to you at an earlier time that you won't make because you are stuck on the Dan Ryan Expressway by 7-11."

We can blame 3Com and their sponsorship of Candlestick Park out in San Francisco for all this crap. First it was funny, then annoying, and now it's getting downright obnoxious. I've noticed this year that they are superimposing ads on the field during college football broadcasts and the countdown clock on Iron Chef is brought to us by TGI Fridays.

Arrgghhh! make it stop!
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:03 am

Quoting PROSA (Thread starter):
or the next three seasons, Chicago White Sox evening home games will begin at 7:11 pm. Why such a precise and odd time? It turns out that the 7-Eleven store chain is paying $500,000 for the privilege.

I guess everything is for sale these days. On a side note I wonder why other baseball teams haven't moved up the starting time like the Diamondbacks. Weekday night games start at 6:40pm, been doing this for five or six years in an effort to get more kids in the stands, most games are over by 9:20pm, instead of 10:00pm, makes a difference on school nights.
 
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:57 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 2):
the countdown clock on Iron Chef is brought to us by TGI Fridays.

Whatever happened to the days when this program was brought to you by the letter G and the number 9?
 
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:14 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 2):
Oh dear Lord what are they smoking on Madison Avenue?

Wrong side of town, not to mention wrong team.... Blasphemy! Big grin
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:44 am

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 5):
Wrong side of town, not to mention wrong team.... Blasphemy!

You Dingbat!  Wink I wasn't making a reference to the Cubbies nor the street down in The Loop. I was saying the advertising suits on Madison Avenue in NYC must be smoking something good to come up with a crazy idea like a game time associated with a gas station/convenience store.
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:49 am

Yeah...and stupid me was thinking Madison and Addison were the same streets...  flamed 
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:39 am

Horray for unbridled capitalism...any vestiges of "the great American past time" left in sight?

Also, "Freakanomics" is a really interesting book. Me thinks you should all read it if you haven't already.
 
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:37 am

You all know what's next, don't you? Selling the naming rights to the teams themselves. The Seattle Seahawks would become...what...the Seattle Starbucks? Arizona Ice Tea Diamondbacks?  Wow!
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:05 am

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 9):
The Seattle Seahawks would become...what...the Seattle Starbucks?

I'm pretty sure sports fans in Seattle would raise hell if Starbucks ever went after one of our teams again...we've already seen how much Howie S. cares about them.
 
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:20 am

Who cares if a game starts at 7:11? It's good advertising, what time did the games normally start? 7:00 or 7:30? Either way it's just 19 minutes earlier or 11 minutes later, not that big a deal. Plus, the team gets more money to spend on players or stadium upgrades anyway.
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:13 pm

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 11):
Who cares if a game starts at 7:11? It's good advertising, what time did the games normally start? 7:00 or 7:30? Either way it's just 19 minutes earlier or 11 minutes later, not that big a deal. Plus, the team gets more money to spend on players or stadium upgrades anyway.

Games are typically 7:05 or 7:15 actually, so your point is even better.
 
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RE: A New Twist In Corporate Sports Sponsorship

Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:16 pm

Quoting USAIRWAYS321 (Reply 12):
Games are typically 7:05 or 7:15 actually, so your point is even better.

Well there you go. Not a big deal at all. In Toronto we start games at 7:07pm generally, 7:05 is the standard in the states I believe, but up here, we have to sing both the Canadian and American National Anthems, so we give that 2 minutes extra to wrap that up.
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