High court turns down tobacco advertising case
The Supreme Court declined to hear R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard Tobacco Co.'s accusations that California's anti-smoking ads, which attack the tobacco industry, represent a First Amendment violation, because tobacco makers are required to fund a campaign they disagree with. The tobacco makers had appealed a 2 to 1 appellate-court ruling that California's ad program represented government speech. Tobacco makers say the way the tax is structured, they essentially fund the advertising. AdAge.com QwikFIND aar43u
`Sporting News' on lookout for a buyer
The Sporting News, the weekly publication and media company acquired in 2000 by former Microsoft executive Paul Allen for more than $100 million, is exploring a sale of the company. The company, owned by Mr. Allen's Vulcan Ventures, said the search for a buyer is a response to continued "unsolicited interest" in Sporting News' multimedia properties. Sporting News publishes specialty sports titles and a weekly magazine, as well as operates a radio network (Sporting News Radio) and AM radio stations in New York, Boston and Los Angeles. Its Web site, SportingNews.com, has over 1.6 million unique visitors per month. Mr. Allen said he expects the company to fetch a "substantial and fair price." AdAge.com QwikFIND aar44b
Study: Consumers think TV is better on TV
In this age of media on the go, consumers can get TV and video content for their iPods, laptops and cellphones. But the results of a study by Points North Group and Horowitz Associates found that consumers would really prefer to view TV shows the good-old-fashioned way-on the TV set. While 25% of Internet users surveyed expressed interest in watching downloaded TV shows and movies on their PCs, 38% of those surveyed preferred to watch that downloaded material on a TV screen. For 18- to 34-year-olds, there is even more preference for TV-set viewing: 68% would watch downloads on their TV while only 45% would watch on their PCs. AdAge.com QwikFIND aar44k
NBA to market line of upscale menswear
Four months after implementing a dress code for its players, and entertaining several offers from fashion houses, the National Basketball Association is teaming up with Colony Sportswear to create an upscale line of men's apparel that will feature blazers, dress shirts and ties, all emblazoned with NBA logos and team marks. Financial terms of the licensing deal were not disclosed.
The line will be made under the label 52nd & 5th, a nod to the location of the only NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York. Colony Sportswear is based in Summit, N.J. The collection will be available later this spring. Initial product offerings include wool and leather blazers at $348 and $648, respectively, that feature NBA and team logo embroidery on the inside lining. AdAge.com QwikFIND aar44f
Publicis launches unit to explore emerging media
Publicis Groupe last week launched a unit, dubbed Denuo, that will offer clients strategic consulting; partner with and invest in new ventures and individuals involved in emerging media; and provide resources to clients activating new ventures' business plans. Denuo's CEO is Rishad Tobaccowala, most recently chief innovation officer of Publicis Groupe Media; its president, Nick Pahade, formerly president of WPP's Beyond Interactive and managing director of Mediacom Digital. Publicis Groupe media executive Tim Halon is Denuo's senior VP. Offices are now in New York and Chicago. AdAge.com QwikFIND aar44d
Dow Jones unifies print, online `WSJ' editions
Dow Jones reorganized into three business units, one of which unifies the print and online editions of The Wall Street Journal under L. Gordon Crovitz, who had been head of electronic publishing. Mr. Crovitz was named exec VP of Dow Jones, president of Dow Jones Consumer Media Group and publisher of The Wall Street Journal franchise. The company also created an Enterprise Media Group, comprising divisions like Dow Jones Newswires and Dow Jones Licensing Services, and a Community Media Group, including its 15 daily and 19 weekly Ottaway newspapers.