Leave it to CNBC’s Darren Rovell to think of the apparel sales angle to the retirement of a historic quarterback. As soon as ESPN broke the story about Brett Favre retiring at 9:30 this morning, Rovell started a stopwatch to see how long it would take for the New York Jets to launch a memorabilia clearance sale. The answer turned out to be roughly three hours.
So, now the Jets Shop is offering anything with Favre’s name, number or likeness at a whopping 50 percent off, allegedly to celebrate his career. Of course, they’re really doing it to get all the crap off their shelves.
You may remember our treatment of Speedo’s recent Olympic swimsuit rollout with Michael Phelps:
The lunch-minded masses no doubt appreciated Speedo’s less-is-more approach when it came to promotional materials marketing the second skin. Sadly though, no such luck when it came to sports biz reporter Darren Rovell during his regrettable stand up with Phelps this morning on CNBC. Read more…
The bad news for Rovell: He spent a considerable amount of time examining Nike’s business practices in Vietnam, where the company is the country’s single largest employer (we’re guessing Rovell next spent a considerable amount of time being examined by his friendly gastroenterologist after enduring local fare). Read more…
Still looking for that last-minute Christmas gift? Darren Rovell of CNBC suggests there’s no better way to show your holiday spirit than by decking the halls with humongous visions of yourself:
A company called WallMonkeys have expanded on the Fathead concept of giant wall posters - but this time, it’s personal. For only $50 to $90 (plus tax), customers can send in their photos, and WallMonkeys will send back 2- to 6-foot versions to proudly display on the vertical surface of your choice.
Who needs Tom Brady or Peyton Manning gracing your kid’s bedroom wall, when it can be a enlarged snapshot of a drunk Uncle Bob spilling his beer and tripping over his own feet while arguing how the Democrats have ruined the country to cousin Kristy’s frightened boyfriend at the last family outing?
Of course, we already have our photo choice picked out.
Looks like it wasn’t a good year for sports cinema. SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY reports that only one athletically-inclined film cracked the top 20 list of money-making movies in 2007.
(CNBC’s Darren Rovell in his role in ‘Blades of Glory 2: Icelandic Boogaloo’)
According to THE MOVIE TIMES, “Blades of Glory”, the figure skating farce starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder (a.k.a. Napoleon Dynamite) finished at #20, grossing over $118 million since its March release.
Only four other sports-related films placed in the top 100, including the memorable ping pong saga “Balls of Fury” (#71, $32 million) and the charmingly-named “Mr. Woodcock” (#81, $25 million). If you’re curious to see where “Who’s Your Caddy?” landed, check this list.
But fear not, sports cinephiles - next year’s “Semi-Pro” is certain to go box office boffo!
MONEY HONEY LIKES ‘EM BLOATED, BEET-RED AND BITTER: From what we understand, the new Fox Business Channel is off to a rip-roaring start. And while CNBC has brown-eyed beauty Maria Bartiromo, Fox counters with their own “Money Honey” Alexis Glick:
Glick’s bio claims she’s a massive sports fan, and we believe it, especially considering her comment to Joe Theismann following an interview today on FBC with the bloated, beet-red and bitter one: “You might be the most handsome football player I’ve ever sat next to.”