Allstate Too Applies The Heat

Question: Did Bobby Bowden, Florida State and the NCAA approve this ad? Question: Where’s the 1-800 number to place an order for one of these grills? Question: Why are the dudes in blue using an opposing team’s grill? Here’s what we do know: The one-of-a-kind Bobby Bowden replica grill featured in the spot is part […]

Some Pricey White Space

According to the Globe & Mail, organizers for the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have snatched up $40-million in outdoor ad space stretching from the Peace Arch at the U.S.-Canada border to Whistler – all to ensure that advertisers who are not sponsors or partners of the Games are prevented from nabbing billboards or transit ads […]

This Time “Round Ball In A Square Peg” Works

I like this ad because there are no sporting cliches in it. Yet, it still speaks volumes about Loyola Marymount and the love of sports at the college. Designer: Daisy Chavoshi

Run Like The Wind In Nothin’ But Nikes

The casting sessions for this spot must have been interesting. [via BrandFreak]

Spotlight On NW Creative: 100th Mariners Commercials

Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners have been making a lot of commercials with the help of Seattle agency Copacino+Fujikado. According to Seattle Times, the series began in 1994 when Lou Piniella played a short-tempered therapist (a real stretch), Randy Johnson was a knife-flinging carnival attraction and Buhner stood behind a microphone as a stand-up comic […]

Hourly Employment, Anyone?

March Adness is a seasonal promo from Adweek that pits commercials, not college basketball teams, against one another. The promo is delivered online in a brackets format and is clearly sponsored by Snag A Job, the number one source for hourly employment.

Why Ask Jim Bob When You Can Ask Ask?

Spot by Hanft Raboy and Partners Should a New York City agency be allowed to make NASCAR advertising? I’d suggest against it. Of course, in the case above it’s not NASCAR, it’s Ask.com in a partnership deal with NASCAR.

Game Over

Auto workers are far from the only ones being shit on by this economic storm that continues to tear through the nation. Now, we can also count professional football players among the unemployed. According to Ad Age: The Arena Football League — generally regarded as one of the better-run leagues in the country, with a […]

User-Centric Design Is Also Ad-Centric Design For ESPN

ESPN.com believes less is more when it comes to digital design (and I’d tend to agree). According to The New York Times, the sports site is about to go a major design overhaul. Currently, sports fans are greeted by “intense coverage of every major sport from the get-go.” John Skipper, ESPN’s executive vice president for […]

Paulson Park at Citi Field

Daniel Gross, the Moneybox columnist for Slate, business columnist for Newsweek, and author of Pop! Why Bubbles Are Great for the Economy questions the wisdom of stadium naming rights in this time of publicly funded bank bailouts. Citi Field is also a tough one. In 2006, Citi signed a $400 million, 20-year deal to name […]