The Organizers Of The Qatar World Cup Are Very Mad At Us

Below is an email that just popped into our inbox, from Paul Hughes, head of international media relations for Qatar's Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy (!). That makes him the main flack for the outfit that's overseeing the 2022 World Cup, which one international group expects to kill more people than the Troubles » 3/24/14 6:17pm 3/24/14 6:17pm

Wantster Cuts Ties With Worst Charity In U.S.; Sticks With Chris Brown

Less than 24 hours after we reported Wantster had teamed up with America's Worst Charity and America's Worst Person, the cheap Pinterest knock-off is ending its partnership with Kids Wish Network (but affirms it's dedicated to promoting Chris Brown). » 7/17/13 2:00pm 7/17/13 2:00pm

Worst Person In America Teams Up With Worst Charity In America [UPDATE]

Every day, optimistic PR people fill our tips box with mumbo-jumbo about new sports websites, book review offers, and other pitches that usually get auto-tagged as spam and are subsequently binned. Today, though, we received the following—and it's so perfect we can't help but share it with you: » 7/16/13 6:00pm 7/16/13 6:00pm

The ESPYs Nokia PreParty Is Awesome, But Its Publicist Is Sort Of Lazy

All your favorite athletes are chillin' at the ESPYs Nokia PreParty. I hear it's awesome. Almost as awesome as this social media PR fail. First, an accidental DeSean Jackson tweet, and then a flurry of other athletes tweeting that precise line. Most of them, at least, remembered to take out the publicist's note. [USA… » 7/11/12 6:20pm 7/11/12 6:20pm

One Of Jeremy Lin's Former Unofficial Volunteer High School Coaches…

Linsanity has swept New York City. This much we know. What's harder to fathom is the origin of the term "Linsanity." The big-city tabloids would have you believe their headline writers invented the portmanteau during the last fortnight. Incorrect! The term dates to an earlier era: July 17, 2010. That's when Andrew… » 2/10/12 4:10pm 2/10/12 4:10pm

East Carolina University Will Not Abide Dong On Front Page Of Student…

Two months ago, John Sieglinger of Raleigh removed his raiment and ran across the field at halftime of the East Carolina University-Southern Miss football game. Three days after that, The East Carolinian student paper published uncensored photos of Sieglinger's Streak on its front page and its website, sparking moral… » 1/06/12 1:15pm 1/06/12 1:15pm

Reaction By Indy PR People To Their Dumb Super Bowl Shuffle Video Is…

Yesterday, we posted the impossibly lame Indy Super Bowl Shuffle video, a barely baked marketing effort by the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association. Betraying a profound ignorance of how the Internet Machine works, the ICVA last night removed the now-viral video from YouTube, where the ICVA had posted it… » 12/01/11 3:10pm 12/01/11 3:10pm

Dwyane Wade Tweeted That He Did Not Have A Thing With Lauren London,…

You may have read in yesterday's Shaq email dump, courtesy of the Miami New Times, that Shaq didn't want any part of actress Lauren London (pictured at right) because she was Dwyane Wade's girl. » 8/25/11 3:05pm 8/25/11 3:05pm

A Case Study In Incompetence: Dan Snyder's PR Guy, Tony Wyllie

Maybe you heard about the stunning display of asshattedness last week by Redskins proto-flack Tony Wyllie. The occasion: A University of Maryland College of Journalism "ethics in sports media" panel, to which Wyllie arrived late. Dan Snyder's dumbass libel suit came up, at which point Wyllie offered an equally dumbass… » 5/02/11 5:45pm 5/02/11 5:45pm