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• NBC Sports Nascar analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy, an interior designer, "will transform a dilapidated 150-year-old historic home in Key West, Fla., into a gorgeous coastal retreat" in DIY Network’s new series, Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy. The four-episode series premieres Saturday, June 2.

• The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier announced a new special exhibition, “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11,” which explores how “sports and athletes helped to unite the country, console a grieving nation and give us a reason to cheer again following the 2001 attacks.” Opens June 27. Details here.

• Athletes First, a sports agency that represents such athletes as Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthew, Nick Foles, Josh Norman, Jamaal Charles and Deshaun Watson; and coaches including Jason Garrett and Urban Meyer, is launching Athletes First Partners (A1P), an international sales and marketing services company.

A1P's said its first client is Think450, the for-profit subsidiary of the National Basketball Players Assn., for which it would “help monetize collective sponsorship, licensing and content opportunities” on behalf of the 450 professional NBA players the Union represents.

Athletes First co-founder and president Brian Murphy will serve as CEO of A1P. Former NFL and Nascar executive Jim O'Connell will be president. Full story here.

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Thursday
Dec102009

Danica's Nascar Wheel Move Whets Marketing Appetites

December 10, 2009: Danica Patrick's confirmation that she will enter the Nascar Nationwide Series via a limited schedule in 2010 is good news not only for lead sponsor GoDaddy.com and her other marketing partners, but for companies that have been waiting for her to make the move.

Patrick said she would drive the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in a partial Nationwide schedule next season, plus one ARCA race as a member of the JR Motorsports team owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Rick Hendrick, Kelley Earnhardt and Tony Eury, Jr. through 2011. This would be in addition to her commitment to the Indy Race League.

GoDaddy CEO and founder Bob Parsons and Patrick unveiled her plans and the No. 7 car in Phoenix, where she had just completed filming GoDaddy.com TV spots for Super Bowl XLIV.  Patrick is scheduled to take part in her first stock car race, an ARCA event in Daytona, scheduled for Feb. 6. Her new TV spots will air during the Super Bowl on CBS on Feb. 7.

Patrick recently extended her contract with Andretti Autosport and GoDaddy for three years. IRL recently signed a sponsorship deal with Izod to become title sponsor of the newly named Izod IndyCar Racing Series, beginning in 2010. She currently earns about $10 million in endorsements from such companies as Honda, AirTran, Peak Motor Oil, Izod, Tissot and 7-Eleven. The Nascar alliance should open doors for her in categories including telecommunications, restaurants, clothing, electronics, credit cards and financial and insurance services such as those offered by Nationwide, title sponsor of the Nascar series. Patrick is handled by Alan Zucker and associates at IMG, who also work with Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning.

While women athletes generally earn less than their male counterparts in total endorsement money, analysts agree that Patrick has the potential to join such top female earners as Maria Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams, who each make between $13-$19 million a year in endorsements.

“It’s been a long time coming, but the stars finally aligned for me with Go Daddy and JRM,” said during a press conference. “I have always said I love to drive, and if I could make it work to race in both IndyCar and Nascar – with the right sponsor, like GoDaddy.com and the right team, like JRM – then I’d love to drive in Nascar!”

GoDaddy also said it would leverage its existing relationship with Earnhardt Jr., who has also driven for GoDaddy in the Nationwide Series and will continue to work as a GoDaddy spokesperson.

GoDaddy Going Three More Laps With Danica Patrick

Patrick's Endorsement Deals Put Her At $10 Million Mark

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