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Running Gag on Soccer Saturday

A form of Product Placement seen mainly in sports shows and other competitions, but not exclusive to them, where something of importance will be named after a sponsor. Often, this practice results in some pretty awkward names for things and making the announcers sound like characters in a commercial.

The most common thing to get this treatment is highlight footage, where sponsors will sometimes try to work their slogan or a pun into the name, making the name even more awkward. But it's not the only thing. You can see unusual executive-induced naming patterns in anything from trophies to arenas. Sometimes, the event itself will be sporting the name of a corporation, but in those cases, people usually drop the sponsor's name in casual conversation.

Not to be confused with the Trope Of The Week series of videos.

Examples of Trope Co Trope of the Week include:


  • Many Formula One races ("Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix") and teams ("Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro").
    • Although the brand names and liveries are very deeply ingrained into the sport, to such a point that one can barely imagine F1 without some of them (ie. JPS Lotus since the 60's, Marlboro McLarens, Rothmans Williams etc.).
  • Broadcasts of Buffalo Sabres hockey games feature the "Carubba Collision," a replay of the game's most highlight-worthy check, named for a local auto body repair chain.
  • Philadelphia Flyers hockey broadcasts have no fewer than three named replays: the "Allstate Good Hands Play of the Game", the "Wells Fargo Great Check of the Game" (which was renamed along with the Flyers' home arena when Wachovia became Wells Fargo) and the "Toyota Turning Point".
    • And every time the Flyers score a goal, Jim Jackson enthuses "Flyer X scores for a case of Tastykakes!"
    • Wait until football season to hear one of the most fun examples of this trope yet, courtesy of a Philly-area auto dealer: "The Matt Blatt Splat of the game!"
  • NASCAR's Sprint Cup, formerly known as the Nextel Cup, formerly known as the Winston Cup.
  • Pick a stadium, any American major league sporting venue built in the last decade or two. This has become less grating over time, though, since it's so common.
    • However, when mergers and takeovers come into play, it becomes annoying with all the renames. Just ask San Francisco Giants fans.
    • Sometimes, it remains grating, like when the Jake became Progressive Field, or when the Broncos moved out of Mile High Stadium and into INVESCO Field at Mile High (yes, it's actually a different stadium). INVESCO then bailed on the stadium, now known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
      • Mocked when the Mayor of Denver, Wellington Webb, renamed the street where the stadium sits to "Mile High Stadium Blvd." out of spite.
      • The Toronto Skydome became the (ugh) Rogers Centre.
    • On the other hand, some advertisers just sound right. Great American Insurance advertises on the Reds' stadium as the Great American Ballpark. God bless America!
    • Chase Field in Phoenix was formerly Bank One Ballpark, the name change falling in line with JPMorgan Chase's merger with Bank One in 2005. Arguably, "chase" evokes the feel of baseball better, making the stadium's corporate sponsorship not so obvious.
  • Not just the stadiums. New Jersey has a soccer (yes, Americans play soccer) team called the New York Red Bulls. Of course, they play at Red Bull Arena.
    • New York's football team, the Buffalo Bills, is said to be flirting with a move to Toronto, and part of the reason is that the owner, Ralph Wilson, named the stadium after himself rather than accept sponsorship money.
  • The NCAA's Bowl Championship Series is full of these, such as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Nokia Sugar Bowl.
    • At least those still have the original name, unlike the Peach Bowl.
    • As of the 2008 season, there are seven bowls whose official names consist solely of the name of the corporate sponsor and the word "Bowl", and the EagleBank bowl never had any other name.
  • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
    • And "Thanksgiving" is occasionally omitted.
      • At least that Parade has both history and was originally (and still is) run entirely by Macy's employees.
  • The 2008 American Gladiators revival had a few Subway replays and the "Toyota winning moment".
  • Last Comic Standing had at least one season where the contestant with the most viewer votes would automatically advance to the next round or, in the host's words, get a "Capital One No Hassle Pass".
  • Poker tournaments on ESPN break out the "Degree All-In Moment" Once an Episode when someone puts his last chips on the line. The antiperspirant also sponsors the "Degree Check Mark" to show someone has the best possible hand.
    • And the "Planters Good Instinct Moment".
    • More recently, there has been the "Jack Link's Beef Jerky Wild Card Hand", a Once an Episode hand where one of the player's hands (the "Wild Card hand") is hidden from the viewers, who are left to guess what cards that player is holding. It's a Running Gag that color commentator Norman Chad is poor at guessing these, though he actually does get it right sometimes.
  • A new version of this trope is to name the electronic first down line after a sponsor, like the "Overstock.com First Down Line".
    • That's bad, but this is worse. Listen to a Westwood One NFL radio broadcast, and you'll have the distinct inclination to shove spikes in your ears every time the announcers mention the "Heinz red zone". (For international readers: The "red zone" in American football is the part of the field between the opponent's 20-yard-line and their end zone- when an offense reaches this point, scoring is imminent. Thus, it's a phrase that comes up about several dozen times in a standard football broadcast. Also, Heinz is a ketchup brand which puts "Heinz Red Zone" displays in many supermarkets during football season.)
      • In some college markets with fanbases in heavy farming communities, this gets even worse when they call it the Case IH Red Zone. Case IH is a farm machinery company whose vehicles are mostly red, to compete with John Deere, whose vehicles are mostly green.
  • Oh yeah, this also happens in the rest of the world!
    • All baseball teams in Japan are named after their sponsors or corporate owners, rather than where they play.
    • The tournament between the top soccer clubs of Latin America is the Santander Libertadores Cup (Santander is a Spanish bank), previously the Toyota Libertadores Cup.
      • The same thing happens in the Philippine Basketball Association as well: the Alaska Aces are named for Alaska Milk, they don't play in Alaska!
    • The Barclays Premier League, the T-Mobile Ekstraklasa, La Liga BBVA and probably several other European football (soccer) leagues.
      • The Cups in England have also been given sponsors' names, The League Cup has been known as, over the years, the Worthington Cup, the Littlewoods Cup, the Carling Cup, and several others. The FA Cup, while it is still the FA Cup, is now "the FA Cup sponsored by E.on". The trophy competed for by those sides in Leagues 1 and 2 (Third and fourth tiers), The Football League Trophy, is currenly the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and has been known as the LDV Vans Trophy among others.
    • Bayer 04 Leverkusen are historically associated with the company, Bayer, and their stadium is the Bay Arena.
    • How's about the NAB Cup played at the AAMI stadium? (For non Aussies: NAB is the National Australia Bank and AAMI does insurance.) Channel Nine's televisation of Australian cricket even has little quiz questions sponsored by Johnny Walker.
    • Averted, briefly, in Australia when the Australian Football League objected to Etihad Airways' purchase of the sponsorship of the stadium at Melbourne's Docklands from Telstra. For about a year in 2009, the league called it the Docklands while everyone else called it Etihad Stadium.
    • In Brazil, teams of sports other than soccer usually have the sponsor name along with the name of the place/club it represents - and sometimes, just the sponsors: the team now known as Rio/Unilever was for some time Rexona/AdeS.
      • Also, in overseas soccer matches, not only do they have the normal advertisements on the walls (albeit in LED format), they have ads painted on the field, angled just right so the camera can catch them.
  • WWE's programs feature sponsored "Slam of the Night" ("Smack of the Night" on SmackDown) and "Rewind" segments that occasionally change names depending on who's sponsoring them (for example, the "Snickers Cruncher Crunch of the Night" when said candy bar was introduced).
    • The most cringe-worthy one was when the horrible B-movie film Bats was coming out. They had the "Bat-Ass of the Week", which made no sense at all.
  • As bad as it might seem, it used to be even worse in the early days of radio and TV. Examples would be shows with the sponsor's name. This trend started to end in the 1960s and the concept of corporate naming declined only to revive in the 1990s. Examples of TV shows:
    • Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue
    • The Colgate Comedy Hour
    • The Philco Television Playhouse
    • The Voice of Firestone
    • Texaco Star Theater
    • Kraft Television Theatre
    • Ford Theatre (Not to be confused with Ford's Theatre, where president Lincoln was shot)
    • The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports"
    • Repórter Esso (the first Brazilian news show)
    • Hallmark Hall of Fame (current)
    • Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (current)
    • Panasonic Drama Theatre (Japan, current)
    • Each episode of The Dana Carvey Show had a different sponsor, and integrated the sponsor into the show's title; for example, the first two episodes were The Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show and The Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show. This was done as an homage to the shows mentioned above. This got him into trouble as Taco Bell pulled their sponsorship after 1. Dana Carvey interrupted one of their commercials to mock it and 2. Started off the show with a skit about a lactating Bill Clinton which was seen as "too much for something three minutes after Home Improvement".
    • It was mostly due to sponsors threatening to pull their sponsorship that the infamous quiz show scandals happened.
  • A recent women's golf tournament was the "Coca-Cola Invitational, sponsored by Safeway." So now we get a double sponsor on the game.
    • This is common in the college game, where a stadium will have one sponsor and the field itself will have another. And if that stadium hosts a bowl game, you could conceivably have the [A] Bowl from [B] Field at [C] Stadium.
  • Dementia Smackdown has the Fump bump of the night.
  • Play any EA Sports game, count the number of interface and gameplay elements that have "EA", "EA Sports" or "[Title of Game]" tacked on in front of them.
    • EA takes this pretty far. In Fight Night Round 3, one fight is the Dodge Caliber championship, which plants a car in the background during the right, and makes a huge deal out of the fact that your character wins one (it has no effect on gameplay at all, naturally.) It's even possible to hire the Burger King mascot as your trainer.
    • Ads are so ingrained in sports broadcasts that the thought of not seeing any is now mentally jarring- so all game developers now make sure their pro sports titles are as ad-packed as their real-life counterparts. Yep, it's The Coconut Effect.
  • On professional baseball broadcasts (major and minor league), it seems to have become de rigeur for a wireless phone company to sponsor pitching changes, usually punning on the "call to the bullpen" the manager makes to effect the change.
    • And every radio broadcast has the fifteenth out of the game (the final out of the top of the third) sponsored by Geico, which reminds you that 15 minutes could save you 15% on your auto insurance.
      • And during the pregame show (at least on Yankees broadcasts), there's "It's about 15 minutes to first pitch, and 15 minutes (you know the rest)..."
    • This one shows up in football, too, particularly at the start of the 4th quarter: "If you don't think things can change in 15 minutes, call your local Geico agent!"
  • Particularly galling is the Canadian junior hockey trophy gaining sponsorship -- the MasterCard Memorial Cup. Yes, a trophy named for fallen World War I veterans has been commercialized.
    • Along with making it sound like it was named in memory of a fallen sponsor!
  • Fox Sports and CBS Sports jump all over this. For Fox's BCS coverage, they have the "Built Ford Tough Pregame Show", CBS's NFL coverage has the "Sprint Halftime Show" (before 2005 it was the "Nextel Halftime Show"), the "Geico Moment of the Game", their NCAA basketball coverage has "AT&T at the Half" (before mid-2007 it was "Cingular at the Half"), the list goes on.
  • Brazilian radio broadcast of soccer tends to do that a lot. In fact, some of them have become catchphrases that people recognize easily, like Mercurio Transportes, the best time (when announcing the time of the game, also playing with the fact that the sponsor is a transporting company).
  • ...it's gotten so bad that an early Mad TV sketch featuring a football broadcast with product placements literally everywhere has become Hilarious in Hindsight...
  • Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! parodied this mercilessly in the "Jim & Derrick" episode, a parody of the likes of MTV and extreme sports which featured the VistaFresh Mobile Viral Clip of the Week and numerous other segments sponsored by Turbo Fuel Maximum Energy Soda. Well, except for the Turbo Fuel promotion sponsored by Tordo's Xtreeme Flavor Dust.
  • On The Colbert Report during Colbert's campaign, he would frequently refer to it as "The Stephen Colbert, Hail to the Cheese, Nacho Cheese Doritos 2008 Presidential Campaign"
    • Changed because he might get sued over "illegal campaign contributions" to "The Stephen Colbert, Hail to the Cheese, Nacho Cheese Doritos 2008 Presidential Campaign Coverage"
  • And now, for the 110% Juice Player of the Game!
  • Many major stakes races in American Thoroughbred Racing have name sponsors, such as [shudder] The Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands and The Breeder's Cup Classic Powered by Dodge.
  • The Indy Racing League picked up ApexBrasil as their fuel supplier in 2009. Seems cheesy at first when you hear the phrase "ApexBrasil Green Flag" at the start of the race, but then you realize Apex is an ethanol supplier (a "green" alternative to gasoline and diesel) and the Fridge Brilliance hits.
  • The Hershey PA hockey team was originally called the "Hershey Bars"; but since advertising in team names was frowned upon, they were renamed and stayed the "Hershey Bears"
    • Yet their mascot is still a Hershey Bar; and his Reece's Peanut Butter Cups and Jolly Rancher Hard Candy assistants joined after the respective mergers.
  • When CBS airs golf, Peter Kostis will invariably analyze a player's swing with the "Konica Minolta...Bizhub...Swing Vision Camera". Yes, the emphasis does make it as awkward sounding as forced.
  • Apart from the names of the leagues themselves, this is relatively rare in British football, with the notable exception of the former Total Network Solutions F.C.. To be fair, though, they represent the towns of Oswestry and Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain - not the most catchy names for a club (they now play as New Saints F.C., officially The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid).
    • Some teams, such as Airbus UK Broughton F.C., Billingham Synthonia F.C., Metropolitan Police F.C. and Vauxhall Motors F.C., appear to be examples of this trope, but instead get their names from the fact they are (or were) works teams - teams made of employees of their respective companies.
    • Although some sides do have stadiums named after sponsors, this usually only occurs after the club build a new stadium and then rent the name out. Examples are the Emirates (Arsenal), the Reebok (Bolton) and the Walkers (Leicester City).
  • All the Spanish basketball teams fall into this, to the point most great teams are remembered by the sponsor. The only team to avoid this is the incredibly wealthy Real Madrid. Even their also incredibly wealthy sworn rivals, Barcelona, have their own sponsor.
  • Deadliest Catch doesn't show the crab count before every commercial. They show the Coors Light Crab Count.
  • Wipeout Canada doesn't have a sweeper round. It has a Motrin Sweeper Round.
  • Many shows are no longer just "presented by *sponsor*", they're "driven by Chevrolet," "built by the Home Depot," etc.
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