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Gatorade gets cross-over appeal with Trail Blazers star and hip-hop artist Damian Lillard

Another top star in the National Basketball Association will be endorsing sports drink maker Gatorade — but this one is a budding music star as well.

Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers’ superstar guard, agreed to an endorsement deal with Gatorade, the company announced on Friday.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is product endorsement?
  2. Why do you think Gatorade invests in endorsement deals with professional athletes?
  3. What characteristics do you think brands look for in an endorser?
  4. Do you think any athlete is a good fit as a product endorser for any or all brands? Why or why not?
  5. Why do you think Damian Lillard was someone Gatorade wanted to endorse the brand?
  6. How might Damian Lillard be able to offer more as an endorser for Gatorade than most other athletes?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.