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#1 cusimano_brothers

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 03:13 PM

From Toronto Star :

An Ontario judge has tossed out the National Hockey League’s “monster” $375-million North American sponsorship deal with Molson-Coors, saying the league already had a Canadian agreement with the company’s archrival Labatt.

The decision Friday by Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Newbould to toss out the biggest sponsorship deal in NHL history comes as the league is in the midst of the Stanley Cup final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins.

The judge said that Molson-Coors suspected that the league had already reached a deal with Labatt when it decided to negotiate its own agreement. Molson-Coors and the NHL reached a seven-year deal for North American sponsorship rights in February. The judge ruled the NHL had already agreed in November to have Labatt as Canadian sponsor.
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This was Labatt's belief from the start. Ouch.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 02:46 AM

I get the feeling Labatt would just prefer to look for a settlement, perhaps maybe three years worth of Coyotes?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:16 AM

Obviously, the NHL will be appealing.

They're apparently very surprised they lost the case. They must not have been aware the judge drinks Labatt. :ph34r:
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:41 AM

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:54 AM

Since when can you only have a sponsor from one brand per industry?
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:26 AM

Since when can you only have a sponsor from one brand per industry?


Since there are usually exclusivity clauses in sponsorship contracts.

(edit: and it *IS* Canada we're talking about :D)

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 10:16 AM

Since when can you only have a sponsor from one brand per industry?


Marketing bro, marketing.

There are many levels of different types of sponsorships. From what the article said, Labatt had the exclusive rights of beer for Canada. Since Labatt paid heavily for those exclusive rights, the NHL cannot have any more Canadian beer sponsers.
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 04:10 PM

From Toronto Star :

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Labatt released a statement Friday evening indicating it believes its deal will now be enforced, but it will make for strained relations with the league. Labatt also controls rights for 21 of the 23 existing U.S.-based NHL clubs.
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 07:52 PM

The Wings are one of the two molson clubs IIRC

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:54 PM

The Wings are one of the two molson clubs IIRC


Also one of the two American-based teams sponsored by Miller rather than Bud, the other being Anaheim.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:36 PM

Also one of the two American-based teams sponsored by Miller rather than Bud, the other being Anaheim.


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:55 PM

The Wings are one of the two molson clubs IIRC

Correct. (And "Boooooo!"... Labatt > Molson)

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:29 AM

Correct. (And "Boooooo!"... Labatt > Molson)


Yeah but at least they have Miller and not Bud haha

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 09:27 AM

Correct. (And "Boooooo!"... Labatt > Molson)


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Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:15 AM

So, does Bettman get a fine and suspension of draught picks for trying to circumvent the existing contract?
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:31 PM

So, does Bettman get a fine and suspension of draught picks for trying to circumvent the existing contract?

I see what you did there!

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:27 PM

Molson= NHL franchise owners
Labatt = not.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:45 PM

Correct. (And "Boooooo!"... Labatt > Molson)


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Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:57 PM

(And "Boooooo!"... Labatt > Molson)


Perhaps...

But thats like saying "this pile of s*** over here tastes better than that other pile of s*** over there does"

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 09:40 PM

Perhaps...

But thats like saying "this pile of s*** over here tastes better than that other pile of s*** over there does"

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