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Old 01-12-2013, 11:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hogan can't even move ratings. Come on, son.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:21 AM   #12 (permalink)
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if it wasn't for Hulk Hogan wrestling would have been out of business a long time ago


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Old 01-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm going with Hogan here. I know Jordan was bigger, MUCH bigger. But Hogan put WWE on the map. Literally. It was in New York/northeast, and then it was nationwide.

Michael Jordan was and is the biggest sports star on the planet. The added money he brought to the NBA and other entities far outweighs Hogan. However, the percentage growth he brought to the NBA is nothing compared to what Hogan brought to WWE. NBA fans, and all sports fans, talk about Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, not merely because they were glorified after the fact but because they were big deals at the time. In fact, Bird and Magic are the ones most described as 'putting the NBA on the map.' Go ask a Hogan fan back then, or a wrestling fan today, who Billy Graham, or Bob Backlund, or Bruno Sammartino are; they'll have no idea. The NBA was slowly growing, was seriously helped by the arrival of cable, precisely when WWE was helped by the arrival of PPV and Hulk Hogan.

Also, Jordan wasn't the first extremely dominant NBA player, he was just the first extremely dominant player since the 80's, when the NBA really went through rapid expansion. Hogan, however, was a pioneer; he was the first wrestling star promoted for his acting ability (and promoted largely because of his Rocky (3?) appearance), rather than his in-ring ability. He was the beginning of the sports-entertainment era, where WWE implicitly acknowledged it was fake, the version of pro wrestling that exploded in popularity. Hogan is much more responsible for wrestling's success than Jordan is to the NBA's success.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Default Re: Who was more important for marketing Hulk Hogan or Michael Jordan?

I think people are forgetting that hardly anyone outside of USA watches basketball. Hulk Hogan is much more recognisable internationally. However Muhammed Ali blows them both out of the water.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:07 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I think people are forgetting that hardly anyone outside of USA watches basketball.
That doesn't stop Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, LeBron James, and other NBA players from getting worldwide recognition.
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Jordan. Period
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Default Re: Who was more important for marketing Hulk Hogan or Michael Jordan?

For what Jordan did for Nike alone, he's tops.
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Default Re: Who was more important for marketing Hulk Hogan or Michael Jordan?

Is this a serious question?

Seriously, Jordan's marketing ability is comparable to NO ONE.

Nike, McDonalds, Gatorade, Wheaties, a highly successful movie and his own brand of shoes that grosses billions of dollars for Nike.

As good as Hogan did, come one, we got to get out of the wrestling bubble, people. Fact is, EVERYBODY knows Michael Jordan. People talk about how hardly anyone outside of USA watches basketball but the Jordan name stretches beyond basketball. It will forever be a mainstay in pop culture.

In basketball alone, which has long been an international game, he took the game to new heights, increased ratings that have fell off without him and with his strong performance in the Olympics, was easily recognizable internationally with the game of basketball and in recent years, with pop culture in general. And it all started from his dominance in a legitimate sport.
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