ESPN.com altered the published headline of one story and deleted Twitter and Facebook posts about it, and halted the promotion of another story, all under pressure from advertising partners, according to an ESPN source and internal emails viewed by Deadspin.
In 2010, former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was charged with third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse, and endangering a child, after he had sex with a 16-year-old who’d been delivered to him against her will by a pimp, who’d punched her in the face in order to secure her compliance. Taylor…
It can’t be this hard to be a damn apparel company, right?
Eagle-eyed reader Jim writes in that an ad campaign on ESPN.com features multiple Peyton Manning hairlines scattered amongst inane takes by Stephen A. Smith and fantasy football promotions. The former NFL QB is shilling for some brand you’ve never heard of, and when we checked for ourselves we found inconsistencies…
Promoted tweets are never good, but they’re especially bad... here.
A t-shirt that appropriates the imagery of raising the flag on Iwo Jima has apparel maker Under Armour under attack.
Whether you watched football or the Golden Globes yesterday, you were likely exposed to a new McDonald's ad that featured inspirational messages ("BOSTON STRONG," "HUG THOSE DADS," etc.) from the fast-food company's readerboards around the country. (We made our own, more honest version of the ad, which you can watch…
So 28 years ago this month, McDonald's put together a campaign that would dominate the fast-food giant's advertising strategy for years. "Mac Tonight," a ploy to redefine the restaurant as a place worthy of serving you not just breakfast and lunch, but dinner, too, starred an anthropomorphic crescent moon/Jay Leno…
Ruben Tejada left today's Mets-Mariners game in Seattle after being hit in the head by a 93 mph fastball from Taijuan Walker.
Nike's Jordan brand released a new spot on YouTube today that has sports media outlets scrambling to heap on as much free advertising for the multinational sportswear behemoth and its retiring Yankees shortstop spokesperson as possible.
Is this genius? Is this insanity? Or is this just Mississippi?
We're gonna assume this is some kind of viral marketing by dairy farmers, but after watching this I think I'm switching to Silk for good.
Aloe Blacc sings that "The Man" song used in all the Beats Audio headphone commercials. Fans in attendance at tonight's NBA All-Star Game festivities in New Orleans probably wish they had some noise-canceling technology like Richard Sherman or Kevin Garnett, because Blacc's performance there was truly, truly awful.
Hint: that "Tonto" means "stupid" in Spanish plays a part. Why, yes, this car dealership is in Texas.
The sales world is full of creepy pitches, but this one we got from a Yankees ticket rep hawking $1,000 Legends suite seats is especially weird. Have you ever wanted to be so close you could floss Robinson Cano's smile? (No.)
Most discerning baseball fans go out of their way to avoid local broadcasts of the Chicago White Sox. After all, that's where you find Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, and to voluntarily listen to Hawk is to willingly subject yourself to the threat of severe brain damage. Seriously, you'd be better off huffing Chinese diesel…
Nike decided to celebrate Selection Sunday by tweeting out a series of stylish posters with dumb tag lines that were made for each team in the tournament. Here's one for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders:
Illinois's ticket office sent this email blast out to its fans early this morning—view the full email online here, while it lasts—as a Valentine's Day promotion. The team beat Purdue by 20 at home last night, and so it's trying to move tickets to its next home game, against the woeful Nittany Lions. That all makes…
Kendrick Perkins took some time out of his busy basketball schedule to star in a
Tim and Eric sketch advertisement for a local jewelry store in Oklahoma City, Mitchener Farrand Jewelers—"the diamond guys on May" and your "official" NBA jewelry store in Oklahoma City.