5 Awesome Sports Commercials That You Just Can’t Miss
Imagine watching a close contest featuring your favorite team on the TV when you’re interrupted by an annoying commercial; that sucks, right? Regardless of how amazing the commercial is, no sports enthusiast likes to be interrupted by them.
However, certain sports commercials are so entertaining that you don’t really mind much if and when they appear on TV. In fact, some even like them so much that they keep waiting for them to air. And those are exactly the kind of ads that we want to see, especially while watching our teams jostling for victory in our favorite sports.
So, here we are with 5 awesome sports commercials that have truly redefined sports marketing.
1. Nike: Freestyle Hoops
It won’t be an overstatement if we say that Nike has consistently dished out some of the best marketing commercials, including this one.
This 2001 ad was a part of a series of Nike commercials with upbeat music mixed with the sounds of streetballers and players like Vince Carter, Jason Williams, Baron Davis, Lamar Odom, George Gervin, and Darius Miles presenting amazing basketball handling tricks.
The concept turned out to be one of the greatest in the advertisement world, which made many youngsters try to replicate the moves. This commercial, in fact, propelled basketball into pop culture.
2. Powerade: Very Real Power
Before his conviction for his association with a dog fighting ring, Michael Vick was one of the greatest dual-threat quarterbacks to have walked on the face of the earth. He was a marketer’s dream and Powerade fully capitalized on his stardom with this commercial that cost them about $60 million.
The commercial shows Vick throwing that ball at receivers training with such strength that it uplifts them off their feet. He is also shown throwing the ball almost 180-yards into the stands. Well, you can’t deny it was clever editing just like Vick’s power was undeniable.
3. Gatorade: Be Like Mike
The Quaker Oats Company owned the Gatorade brand until PepsiCo brought out the parent company in 2001. Immediately after Michael Jordan and the Bulls won the 1992 NBA Finals, Gatorade launched one of the greatest taglines in ad history with the “Be Like Mike” ad campaign.
The commercial shows some of Jordan's greatest career highlights. Also, the kids are shown trying to emulate him. But can you really ever do that? Sorry kids, you’ve got to try harder than that!
4. McDonald's: The Showdown
Not long after his “Be Like Mike” commercial with Gatorade, Jordan was at it again. However, this time it came in collaboration with the fast food giant McDonald's.
In a showdown between Jordan and Larry Bird, the pair decide to play a game of H.O.R.S.E with the first to miss watching the other person eat Jordan’s Big Mac. it was hilarious to see them throwing balls from miles away and even putting certain conditions for throwing the ball in the basket.
5. Nike: Winner Stays On
Nike came up with one of the most iconic and memorable commercials. The commercial was once again a result of the effective marketing idea of young kids trying to imitate their heroes.
The commercial shows the kids transforming into their superstars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Wayne Rooney, Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Andres Iniesta. The commercial also features non-football stars such as Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Kobe Bryant, Incredible Hulk, and Irina Shayk.
And that was a list of some of the most iconic sports commercials from the recent past. Coming up with sports commercials can certainly give your brand the traction it needs if it manages to engage your target audience. However, always try adding a tinge of humor to these ads to enhance the audience experience.
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