Gatorade Inks Yao Ming to Commercial Deal

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CHICAGO Chinese NBA rookie Yao Ming will appear with other professional athletes this spring in a new Gatorade commercial from Omnicom’s Element 79 Partners here, according to the brand’s parent, PepsiCo.

Ming, the 7-foot 5-inch center of the Houston Rockets, signed a multi-year agreement with Gatorade that the company said “has implications beyond the U.S.”

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