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Robert Griffin III Signs Endorsement Deal…For Motor Oil?
09 Apr 2012 EDT - CNBC.com
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In the days before the NFL Draft, top draftees typically sign one-off endorsement deals with companies like Subway and Sprint . It’s a quick deal that lasts for the draft period where brands get attention by latching themselves on to the hottest new names in professional football.

But with each year, the effectiveness of these deals decline because it’s the same brands over and over again.

Until now.

Castrol, which signed on as the official motor oil of the NFL last season, is pairing up with former Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, using him to promote its Castrol Edge product. RGIII, who is expected to be taken second in the draft by the Washington Redskins, will be featured in banner ads for the premium synthetic oil brand, along with a game that allows consumers to see how fast they can get him to run. RGIII will promote the partnership through Twitter, which he joined last week. His handle, @RGIII, already has almost 90,000 followers.

If you are wondering why a motor oil is sponsoring the NFL, and now a top draft pick, that’s a good question. The answer? To break out of the clutter. While Castrol has been involved with traditional motorsports for years, it’s harder to stand above the crowd, said Carolyn Eckert, Castrol’s sponsorship promotions and creative services director.

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