Competitive Edge
Category: Lesson 6.5 – Merchandising

How the Seattle Kraken Built a Brand Before Their First Game

The owners of Seattle’s new National Hockey League franchise wanted to release the Kraken. But the pandemic demanded that the Kraken stay home, stream some shows and order delivery. Click here to read the story at adweek.com. Discussion Questions: What is branding? Why is branding important to an expansion pro sports

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NFL Jersey Rule Boosts Rookie Brands but Can Cost Vets Big Bucks

In April, NFL owners approved a rule change that will allow more players to wear single-digit numbers—once reserved exclusively for quarterbacks, kickers and punters—after teams ran into a shortage of available numbers in the 20-49 range last season. Click here to read the story at sportico.com. Discussion Questions: According to this story,

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Maine Red Claws renaming franchise Maine Celtics

The Maine Red Claws, Boston’s G-League affiliate, will be known as the Maine Celtics going forward, according to a release from the franchise. Click here to read the story at masslive.com. Discussion Questions: What is branding? What is rebranding? Do you think rebranding is risky? Why or why not? What

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DAZN’s Canelo NFTs Aim to Blend Gaming and Collectibles

Sports streaming service DAZN is releasing its first NFTs in connection with the May 8 title fight between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders. The collection combines two major sports business trends—digital collectibles and gamification. Prior to the bout, DAZN will be auctioning one “gold edition” NFT for each round of the fight. The owner of

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