Anyone can picture Michael Phelps biting into a Subway sandwich. But with the London Olympics set to begin July 27, a new class of up-and-coming American athletes is poised for rich endorsement deals. Marketing experts and agents agree that beyond gold medals, there are a handful of attributes Olympians must possess to snare top-dollar deals.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF NAMING RIGHTS: Could the 19-year-old Alamodome in San Antonio get a corporate moniker? That possibility now exists, as San Antonio’s city fathers recently gave Premier Partnerships a green light for a study to assess valuations for sponsorship sales of both the city-owned Alamodome and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Sports in the dome include the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the Valero Alamo Bowl, the AFL San Antonio Talons and University of Texas-San Antonio football.
Remember the Alamodome. That may be the new battle cry if the City of San Antonio is successful in selling naming rights to the 65,000-seat indoor stadium. The city has contracted with Premier Partnerships to study the merits of charging a company to put its name on the 20-year-old Alamodome.