Endorsement Extravaganza Awaits New Celtic Shaq

'Marketing giant' heads to sports-mad Boston
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2010 12:53 PM CDT
Shaquille O'Neal poses with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Concord Speedway in Concord, NC, as they film "Shaq VS," O'Neal's ABC reality series.   (AP Photo/ABC, Travis Bell)
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(Newser) – Shaquille O'Neal will be paid the veteran minimum as a Celtic, but he probably won't have to worry about making ends meet—Boston businesses are already lining up to pitch endorsement deals, reports the Herald. "The minute I heard about him coming, I thought about the idea," says the owner of the serendipitously named Summer Shack restaurants. "It’s a great fit and a great idea."

O'Neal's national deal with Comcast already has him all over the local airwaves, and his No. 36 jersey went on sale on the Celtics' website within a day of his signing. "Shaq is a marketing giant,” says a sports economist. “He will benefit from the Hub’s strong media presence, where there’s money to be made on local endorsements."

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