LeBron James Assists Mountain Dew on New Energy Drink
To help promote Mountain Dew Rise Energy, PepsiCo has partnered with LeBron James, who recently left rival Coca-Cola after 17 years of pitching Powerade and Sprite. Part of PepsiCo’s multiyear deal with James involves the NBA superstar eventually endorsing the company’s snack brands, too.
James will reportedly focus on promoting the energy drink, which will also be endorsed by a slew of other athletes and wellness influencers. According to Front Office Sports, James said, “When I first learned about the message behind the drink — the fact that every day is a chance to rise for all of us — that really resonated with me.” MTN DEW RISE is expected to contain the same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee and includes vitamins A and C and zinc to support the immune system.
A Coca-Cola spokesperson discussed the termination of the company’s relationship with James in a recent statement confirming, “LeBron’s contract came up at a time when both he and The Coca-Cola Company were actively reviewing all of its resources to make sure it was investing in places that ensured long-term growth. After many discussions with Lebron and his team, we mutually agreed to part ways.” James’ new deal with PepsiCo will soon activate across other product categories in the company, including snacks.
In 2015, PepsiCo made the move to replace Coca-Cola as the official F&B partner for the NBA and WNBA, ending its rivals’ previous 28-year partnership with the league. With the Mountain Dew endorsement, LeBron James is the latest link between PepsiCo and the NBA.