Dogfight Rap Kills Vick Ad Deals

Falcon pitchman loses luster after feds raid property
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2007 4:00 AM CDT
Atlanta Falcons' Michael Vick watches the closing minutes of the Falcons' 38-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL football game in this Dec. 16, 2006, file photo in Atlanta. On April 25, 2007 a search...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dogfighting charges against Falcons quarterback Michael Vick have all but killed product endorsement deals for the former marketing machine, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports. Nike is "reviewing information" in Vick's case, and expired contracts aren't being renewed with Coca-Cola, EA Sports, Kraft Foods or Hasbro. "He'll disappear like a magic act," said one analyst.

Even sales of Vick's Jersey have suffered. So far the bad press following an investigation into a major dogfighting operation on Vick's Virginia property hasn't hurt the Falcons. But Vick will be missed by teammates next week. While they prep for training camp, he'll be suiting up for his first court appearance in Richmond, Va. (Read more Michael Vick stories.)