Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Biz of Baseball: Viagra to Back Out of Sponsorship Deal with MLB

But the Woodie Held firm!?

Remember these words from Rafael Palmeiro? “Ask your doctor if Viagra is right for you.”

The days of advertising medications that address erectile dysfunction along with sports are on the wane, with MLB being one of the causalities.

Viagra is ending its five-year sponsorship with MLB, which had Palmeiro as the first athlete to endorse as well as admit to using an ED drug. As reported by Terry Loften of the Sports Business Journal :

“With changes in pharma TV guidelines, Pfizer literally could not activate the [MLB] sponsorship in prime-time advertising any more,” said a marketer familiar with the situation. “So they are out of baseball and probably out of sports altogether.”

 

Repoz Posted: March 13, 2007 at 11:36 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: television

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Al Kaline Trio Posted: March 13, 2007 at 11:53 PM (#2311594)
I'll bet they'll still be in the Padres shower knowing those crazy Giles brothers.
   2. rr Posted: March 13, 2007 at 11:53 PM (#2311595)
I'm agnostic about this.
   3. scareduck Posted: March 13, 2007 at 11:58 PM (#2311599)
I hate to say it, but thank God; those ads just made me cringe.
   4. Halofan Posted: March 14, 2007 at 12:02 AM (#2311601)
The first time that Raffy swallowed the little blue pill it got caught in his throat - He soon had a stiff neck...
   5. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: March 14, 2007 at 12:10 AM (#2311608)
Note the careful avoidance of the word "withdraw" in the headline.
   6. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: March 14, 2007 at 12:12 AM (#2311609)
Apparently the market for ED drugs has gotten soft.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 14, 2007 at 04:07 AM (#2311708)
Dick Pole was unavailable for comment.
   8. William K. Posted: March 14, 2007 at 04:26 AM (#2311711)
Were they planning on hiring Harden as their spokesman?
   9. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: March 14, 2007 at 06:11 AM (#2311736)
Well there goes Randy Johnson's post-retirement income stream. Fortunately he's made enough in his career where he shouldn't find himself too hard up.
   10. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: March 14, 2007 at 02:05 PM (#2311761)
Randy Johnson was just 6'1" when he started taking Viagra.

Best Regards

John
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 14, 2007 at 02:19 PM (#2311767)
They'll be back next year for the 100th anniversary of Merkle's boner.
   12. CrosbyBird Posted: March 14, 2007 at 02:25 PM (#2311770)
This would never have happened if baseball had a salary cap.
   13. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 14, 2007 at 03:02 PM (#2311797)
Geez, ya think it wuz that Viaygra stuff that screwed up poor Raffy's drug test?
   14. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: March 14, 2007 at 03:18 PM (#2311809)
They may be pulling out, but it's not like MLB is hard up for sponsors.
   15. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: March 14, 2007 at 03:19 PM (#2311812)
Dammit, 6-4-3, you got to the 'hard up' line first.
   16. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: March 14, 2007 at 03:58 PM (#2311853)
Viagra to Back Out of Sponsorship Deal with MLB

"Pull Out" would've been funny.
   17. phredbird Posted: March 14, 2007 at 06:15 PM (#2311936)
this thread won't be complete until we get a piazza joke or two.
   18. phredbird Posted: March 14, 2007 at 06:16 PM (#2311937)
... or something about pedro drilling babe ruth -- oh, nevermind
   19. Zach Posted: March 15, 2007 at 03:02 AM (#2312368)
The thing I really liked about the Palmeiro Viagra commercial was the structure. It went something like this

Rafael Palmeiro.

500 home runs: still takes batting practice.

3 Gold Gloves: still takes fielding practice.

CONSPICUOUS SILENCE: takes viagra.

I always wondered if the parallel structure was intentional.
   20. The George Sherrill Selection Posted: March 15, 2007 at 04:13 AM (#2312393)
What impact will this have on the number of groin injuries?

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogElite travel baseball and basketball teams make for a youth sports industrial complex
(101 - 11:17am, May 05)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogYadier Molina Forgot How To Frame A Pitch
(23 - 11:15am, May 05)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogOTP - May 2015: Jeb Bush would like to watch baseball with Teddy Roosevelt and Pitbull
(597 - 11:15am, May 05)
Last: Bitter Mouse

NewsblogOT: 2015 NHL Playoff thread
(136 - 11:14am, May 05)
Last: Moses Taylor studied spirit biking in Giberia

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - May 2015
(299 - 11:06am, May 05)
Last: A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(12583 - 11:04am, May 05)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogTwo Dudes Smooch On Dodgers' Kiss Cam, To Hearty Applause
(31 - 11:03am, May 05)
Last: zonk

NewsblogRockies' Adam Ottavino facing Tommy John surgery on right elbow - The Denver Post
(1 - 10:53am, May 05)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogScripts for the inevitable 'Milestones Press Conference' | FOX Sports
(20 - 10:47am, May 05)
Last: dlf

NewsblogJeff Karstens announces his retirement
(8 - 10:42am, May 05)
Last: ajnrules

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-5-2015
(9 - 10:25am, May 05)
Last: Batman

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1904 Ballot
(10 - 10:21am, May 05)
Last: DL from MN

NewsblogIn firing manager Ron Roenicke now, Milwaukee Brewers bring decisions they made in past into question, and now must act fast to avoid prolonging the current downward spiral, Ken Rosenthal writes | FOX Sports
(4 - 10:15am, May 05)
Last: simon bedford

NewsblogTwinsights: Danny Santana is making history with his refusal to walk - Twins Now
(2 - 10:15am, May 05)
Last: Hal Chase School of Professionalism

Newsblog10 Degrees: Jered Weaver's fastball can't even break a Texas speed limit, and what it means for his future - Yahoo Sports
(24 - 10:12am, May 05)
Last: AROM

Page rendered in 0.2038 seconds
48 querie(s) executed