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Economic downturn ups the ante for major Super Bowl advertisers General Motor, AB InBev, Netflix


The Super Bowl is always high stakes for advertisers — but this year expect more hair-raising, goosebump-inducing and heart-churning than ever before from senior marketers. 

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  2. What are the different forms of advertising?
  3. Why do you think businesses and brands spend money on advertising?
  4. What makes TV advertising appealing?
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  6. Why are Super Bowl ads so expensive?
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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.


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