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Old 10-19-2010, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, is it MJ? Gretzky? Someone else?

Who's had the greatest impact?
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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MJ
sports shifted from importance of team to importance on individuals
also, from a marketing aspect, all players want shoe deals/endorsements straight of the gate. creating an all important brand
dont think thats how it worked before the 80's
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in that case, windex, i'm picking oscar robertson. he started the whole thing.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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in that case, windex, i'm picking oscar robertson. he started the whole thing.
David Stern would be the more appropriate pick
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the LeBron effect as is now known
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how about phil knight the CEO of NIKE?

it's a bit off the board... but look at what Nike has done in terms of apparel and athletics in ALL sports and how they marketed Jordan, Woods and many other Nike athletes.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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btw, i kinda LOL'ed about the Dana White, Steinbrenner and McMahon answer on TheScore.
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btw, i kinda LOL'ed about the Dana White, Steinbrenner and McMahon answer on TheScore.
no need to lol
White brought MMA to the mainstream
Stienbrenner made the Yankess the Yankees again
and the WWE plays to sold out arenas 300 days of the yea
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White brought MMA to the mainstream
Stienbrenner made the Yankess the Yankees again
and the WWE plays to sold out arenas 300 days of the yea
I'm not disputing the fact that they had impact, but the GREATEST?
I guess it's all subjective right...

White did bring MMA to mainstream but does it pale in comparison to other sports? I don't think its on the level of the MAJOR4 sports yet.

Steinbrenner... I get the yankees logo being the most iconic logo in sports and I guess he changed the way how some leagues are allowed to build their teams like salary caps in NBA/NHL...

McMahon...he really pushed the envelope in terms of cable tv...the stuff that they have on such as the divas in bra and panties...blood/violence etc all on a weeknight show...but i think cabbie said it best: "is cirque du soleil a sport?"

I guess I just wasn't WOW'ed with how they swayed me in terms of their arguments
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I personally would go with Lance Armstrong.

The work he did with raising cancer awareness.

Bringing cycling over to the US audience and making it some what main stream.

His Livestrong brand alone is everywhere.

Considering what he had to work with and where the sport was when he was in it (i.e. being covered on ESPN etc.) I'd go with Lance.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:32 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'd probably say Michael Jordan works best on a few levels. both the good and the bad. you know. the superstar tag, the hype, the brand, etc. - lots of which is a step in the wrong direction.
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If we talk world wide, michael jordan and is not close.
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