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Old 06-24-2003, 07:21 PM   #1
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The Chicago Bank One Bears


They are not just "da Bears" anymore.

They are now "Bears football presented by Bank One."

In an unprecedented NFL move, Bank One on Monday paid an undisclosed amount to be the Chicago Bears' "presenting partner" for the next 12 years, Knight-Ridder reported. Bank One is based in Chicago.

Ted Phillips, the Bears' president and chief executive officer, told Knight-Ridder that the deal would bring "a new level of corporate partnership to the city of Chicago and the NFL.''

Actually, a commercial tie-in is nothing new for the Bears. Founded in 1920 as the Decatur Staleys, they were named after their sponsor, the A.E. Staley starch manufacturing company. They moved the next year and became the Chicago Staleys for a season. Then, playing in Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, they became the Bears.

As part of this newer deal, Bank One will get signs all over the stadium, advertisements on Bears' radio broadcasts and non-game television programs, the team's banking business, a presence at training camp, and a sponsorship role in the team's community outreach efforts, according to the news service.

Also, the team will often make use of the phrase "Bears football presented by Bank One" on the air and in newspapers, according to Knight-Ridder.

On rare occasions, sports teams have had presenting partners before. It has been commonplace for golf events, tennis tournaments and college bowl games to have them as well. However, this is a first for a NFL team, and it's one with an extremely high profile.

"This strikes me as a dangerous precedent, maybe one step too far,'' Paul Swangard, managing director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon, told Knight-Ridder. "We've reached the point where to generate more revenue, everyone's diving into what seems to me to be a gray area.''

"It allows us to associate ourselves very closely with the team,'' Bank One spokesman Tom Kelly said. "It's really about visibility. We're reaffirming to the people of Chicago that we're Chicago's bank, that Chicago is important to us.''

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Old 06-24-2003, 10:06 PM   #2
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Re: The Chicago Bank One Bears

What's next?

The Ottawa Senators presented by Trojan?

The NY Giants sponsored by Viagra?

The NY Jets partnered with Immodium?

Seriously folks... marketing in pro sports is awful

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isn't it enough when a company owns the stadium?
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i dont see what differences it makes.
pro sports exist to sell stuff.
im the candyman. and the candyman is back.
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yeah, they do, but it makes the whole thing feel cheapened, like "I spent $60 (or whatever) on a ticket, only to get a bunch more advertising shoved down my throat!?" I just find the whole thing off-putting.
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North American statement:soccer has had sponsors on their jersyes for years.

everywhere else: Football kits have had sponsors for years.
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Mayor Daley will not be happy if they are refered to as "Bank One Bears"......
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dont worry, they will just be referred to as the BOB's
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hi WHA!

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