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Nike Launches New LeBron Ad Campiagn Tonight

Unread postby swerb » Wed Jun 06, 2007 3:00 pm

Nike just sent me over this press release ....

NIKE REMINDS FANS “WE ARE ALL WITNESSES”

Introduces New Campaign Celebrating LeBron James’

First Championship Series


BEAVERTON, Ore. (June 6, 2007) – Nike announced today the introduction of a new Witness integrated marketing campaign celebrating superstar LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and his rise to prominence as he makes the first NBA Finals appearance of his career. The expanded campaign will include digital, print and television advertising and grassroots marketing.

The Witness campaign pays tribute to James and acknowledges the legions of fans worldwide who are ‘witnessing’ his greatness, power, athleticism and beautiful style of play. The campaign was first introduced in November, 2005 with the unveiling of a 110-foot high by 212-foot wide billboard located adjacent to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The campaign has continued to live through fans in Cleveland and around the world donning “Witness” t-shirts and bearing “Witness” placards.

The new execution will include a print ad featuring a photo of James from the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals and the iconic line “We Are All Witnesses”. The black and white ad will appear in Sports Illustrated, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal this week.

The television commercial, also in black and white, will feature a highlight of James in the 2007 NBA Playoffs and set to the song “I Shall Be Released” sung by the soulful Marion Williams (original track by Bob Dylan) Link to commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6ub82yTdSM. The 30-second spot will run during ESPN SportsCenter at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 6, as well as during the first quarter of Game One of the NBA Finals, initially. The commercial conveys the athleticism, beauty and power with which James plays the game.

The newest piece of the campaign is the digital execution that will live at www.Nikebasketball.com and http://inside.nikebasketball.com. Visitors to nikebasketball.com will find downloadable “Witness” content including wallpaper and both commercials from the past two years of the campaign. Visitors to Inside.Nikebasketball.com will be able to access the “Witness Board” featuring shared testimony from fans about James, as well as a running tally of Witnesses as they are added. Nike will select notable testimonials each day from a fan as the prize-winning “Witness of the Day”. The site will be live in time for the series opener on Thursday, June 7.

The digital advertising buy includes homepage takeovers, banners and video placement at sports sites such as espn.com, si.com and cbssportsline.com, as well as vertical basketball destinations.

The print and television executions, created by Wieden & Kennedy in Portland and the digital execution, created by R/GA in New York, will be live throughout the NBA Finals.

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NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) based near Beaverton, Oregon is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; NIKE Bauer Hockey Inc., a leading designer and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan, which designs, markets, and distributes fine dress and casual shoes and accessories; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Exeter Brands Group LLC, which designs and markets athletic footwear and apparel for the value retail channel.
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Unread postby consigliere » Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:32 pm

Just heard a report on WTAM, that federal ruling is requiring that the 10-story "Witness" billboard be taken down. Supposedly it is a safety risk and distraction. The city I believe is contesting the ruling.
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Unread postby swerb » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:27 pm

Consigliere wrote:Just heard a report on WTAM, that federal ruling is requiring that the 10-story "Witness" billboard be taken down. Supposedly it is a safety risk and distraction. The city I believe is contesting the ruling.

Strickland was in Cleveland within 4 hours of the announcement, holding a press conference to express his outrage.

His handlers had to be frothing at the mouth. Issues like that where you have the support of 95% of the populace are to politicians like gabagool is to Tony Soprano.
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Unread postby mswerb » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:33 pm

That sign has been up for so long, why rule to take it down now? I drive past it every day.
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Unread postby GreatGoo » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:49 pm

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Unread postby mswerb » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:01 pm

Nike rules.
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Unread postby jfiling » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:14 pm

Swerb wrote:
Consigliere wrote:Just heard a report on WTAM, that federal ruling is requiring that the 10-story "Witness" billboard be taken down. Supposedly it is a safety risk and distraction. The city I believe is contesting the ruling.

Strickland was in Cleveland within 4 hours of the announcement, holding a press conference to express his outrage.

His handlers had to be frothing at the mouth. Issues like that where you have the support of 95% of the populace are to politicians like gabagool is to Tony Soprano.


I'm hoping Strickland gives the feds the finger. He's already ordered that state workers do nothing to remove the billboard. What are the feds going to do, send in the U.S. Marshals to remove it?
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Unread postby pup » Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:40 pm

What are the feds going to do, send in the U.S. Marshals to remove it?


Withold Federal funding is the only option they would have, but there is no way they would do that for this.
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