Last month ESPN announced its 2010 college football commentating team. In that lineup was former Notre Dame and NFL star Tim Brown.
According to the ESPN release, this season Brown will serve as analyst on ESPN’s 3D college football broadcasts. Brown can also be seen as a college football analyst on another outlet for which he also appears as a celebrity endorser.
Brown appears in numerous videos on a website that offers sports wagering, including college football, while also showing up in promotional materials for the website in online ads and this current direct mail ad campaign for the 2010 football season:
His image is also found on the “join” page of the gambling website.
Online sports wagering is illegal in the United States.
Brown’s association with ESPN despite his connection to an illegal sports wagering website is ironic considering ESPN’s actions regarding an endorsement deal of another college football commentator on its roster. Read more…
Last Friday MillerCoors sent out a press release touting ESPN college football reporter Jenn Brown as its new celebrity spokesperson for the company’s Icehouse-brand beer. But today a spokesman for MillerCoors told the MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL that ESPN had canceled the deal.
(ESPN Execs don’t always drink beer, but when they do, it isn’t Icehouse)
“We have learned from sources at ESPN that the agreement is not moving forward as planned,” said Julian Green, spokesman for Chicago-based MillerCoors, which operates a major brewery and has administrative offices on Milwaukee’s west side.
MillerCoors hasn’t received official word from Brown or her agent pertaining to the status of the deal, which ESPN initially approved, Green said.
ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz has since confirmed that the, “the Jenn Brown Icehouse promotion is no longer.”
Though ESPN has acknowledged killing the deal, the network offered no details today on why the decision was made.
But from talking to numerous sources today, I know the reason. Read more…