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Interview - Dean Bonham - Sponsorship & Marketing PDF Print E-mail
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The Biz of Baseball - Interviews
Written by Paul Swydan   
Sunday, 24 September 2006 12:00
The Dean Bonham InterviewThere are few people who have been more influential in the sports sponsorship and marketing solutions arenas than Dean Bonham. For the past 18 years, The Bonham Group has been at the cutting edge of sports business world, negotiating more than $2 billion in sponsorship contracts, over half of which Bonham has negotiated personally. Based in Denver, The Bonham Group list of clients boasts companies at the top of the Fortune 500 - IBM, Dell, FedEx, Miller Brewing Company, Target, Verizon – but also many of the sports worlds top organizations, including several baseball clubs. In addition, he has negotiated deals for corporate behemoths like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Ford Motor Company, Budweiser, and AT&T.

Among his noteworthy accomplishments in baseball was serving as the lead negotiator for US Cellular and Petco Food Supplies as they closed deals with the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres for the naming rights to their ballparks. Bonham and his associate Don Hinchey write a sports business column for the Rocky Mountain News that is nationally syndicated. Bonham himself has been quoted or featured in the Denver Post, Washington Post, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Sports Business Journal, and he has been a guest on Fox News, CNBC, CNN’s Moneyline, and ABC’s Nightline.

Bonham was traveling abroad at the time of this interview, but was gracious enough to take time out and speak with The Biz of Baseball about both his experiences and why MLB is on the path to success, amongst other things.

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