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Gatorade ‘Replay’ PR campaign

Gatorade ‘Replay’ PR campaign

Best practice from TBWA\Chiat\Day, LA, USA.Winner of the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for PR and Promo and Activation.

The Brief

We wanted to do more than simply say something from the TV. We wanted to be about getting off the couch and doing something. We wanted to weave the DNA of our brand into the DNA of culture to find more authentic connections with our audience. Because we believed our actions would speak louder than our words, we set out to:
1. Allow people to experience what Gatorade stands for – A Catalyst for Athletic Achievement.
2. Demonstrate Gatorade’s functional reason for being – Fueling Athletic Performance.

The Strategy

Insight: No matter how great they are or how many championships they’ve won, all athletes have one game or moment they wish they could change the outcome of. It’s why we both love and hate the finality of competition.

Sport only gives you one shot, one chance to determine the outcome and define winner and loser for all eternity. There are no second chances. We wondered if Gatorade could change this universal truth about sport.

What if Gatorade used sport as a catalyst for giving athletes a second chance? Something like an “athletic do-over” that only Gatorade could provide. Communication strategy: Let’s fuel second chances.


Fuel an opportunity every athlete dreams of - a second chance. Gatorade reunited the original players (now all in their mid 30s) from two 1993 high school football teams to replay their rivalry game that ended in a 7-7 tie. Gatorade became a true athletic partner.

For 90 days Gatorade scientists trained and coached these former athletes to help prepare them for the big game. The big re-match was held in the venue of the original 1993 game, Fisher Field, in front of a crowd of 15,000 fans. Gatorade supplied the athletic fuel for the game.

With on-field temperatures reaching over 100°F, no players were dehydrated or seriously hurt – talk about the ultimate product demonstration.

We also created a 5-part documentary series released online that told the Replay story in order to inspire other former athletes from around the nation. The Situation: Athletic participation plummets drastically once individuals graduate from High School.

Family, career and increasing obligations inevitably replace sport and exercise. Per US government statistics, 7 in 10 adults aged over 30 don’t exercise regularly. And thus, aren’t using Gatorade like they used to. Our challenge was to reignite the athletic spark with this group of former Gatorade loyalists.


A majority of participants made dramatic health improvements. Many lost over 25 pounds, added muscle and altered poor eating/exercise habits. Bruce Lebitz is a great example of the changes the players made. Bruce lost 57 pounds and was able to come off his cholesterol and blood pressure medication.

Created news, not advertising. $3,415,255(US) worth of earned media from just $225K in paid media – a 14,000% ROI. Named as one of CNN’s Top Stories of 2009. Game sold out in 90 minutes.

Tickets fetched 6 times their face value on eBay.

6-page editorial feature story in Men’s Health.

REPLAY is now a documentary television series broadcast to 90 million households.

Thousands of athletes have petitioned Gatorade to be selected for the next REPLAY game, scheduled for 2010.

Regional Gatorade sales increased by 63%

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