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Linsanity in businesses

March 21, 2012

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin’s power outside basketball court

The Linsanity influence resonates beyond basketball court. It penetrates stock market, sales, and marketing, according to SmartInMoney.com.

The Linsanity started in February 2012 when Jeremy Lin unexpectedly led a winning streak by New York Knicks while being promoted to the starting lineup. Jeremy Lin is a Harvard-educated, undrafted point guard for the New York Knicks who seemingly emerged from nowhere to become the first N.B.A. player to have at least 20 points and 7 assists in each of his first four starts. New York Knicks had a 7–0 record after Lin started receiving major playing time, 6–0 with him starting.

Since Linsanity breakout game through Friday, Madison Square Garden Co., parent of the Knicks, had seen its shares advance 13% since early February, compared with a 4.4% increase of the S&P over the same period.

Nike’s short-term investment in Jeremy Lin is ready to pay some long-term dividends. The athletic giant had the foresight to sign Lin to a minor deal when he entered the NBA in 2010. Nike extended its endorsement pact with Lin in late February to stop him from being stolen by rival athletic sponsors. Nike then launched “Linsanity” T-shirts for sale at its own stores and at Foot Locker Inc. locations.

Sales at online Knicks-linked stores, which carry about 50 Lin-related items, have surged forty fold since Feb. 4 breakout game, while sales at the arena are up 70% with Lin-related gear accounting for about half of online sales and about a third of in-arena sales.

Lin’s jersey has been the league’s top seller for well over a month, catapulting sales of Knicks team gear to the top spot.

Riding Linsanity wave, on Monday, March 19, car company Volvo signed Lin to a global brand endorsement contract, with a focus on China, the U.S. and Chinese-language markets in Asia.

On March 14, the Knicks signed a marketing partnership deal with Taiwan-based PC maker Acer, the second Taiwanese company to partner with the Knicks in the past month. As part of the contract, Acer will place advertisements near the Knicks’ bench.

In late February, the New York Knicks and Taiwan-based tire company Maxxis International agreed on a marketing sponsorship, the Knicks’ first to capitalize the global success of point-guard Jeremy Lin. Full source article “Linsanity’s Economic Power

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