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Terry Lefton

Terry Lefton covers marketing, including sponsorships, licensing and merchandising, for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Audi Of America Becomes MLS' Official Auto Sponsor In Four-Year Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 04 / 15

Audi of America has signed a four-year deal with MLS, making it the league's official auto sponsor and presenting sponsor of the playoffs. A source described the deal as one of the largest in MLS history and Audi's largest U.S. sports marketing expenditure. The sponsorship includes a national TV pac...

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, MLS, Audi

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02/16/15
SportsBusiness Journal: The Lefton Report: NFL to split autos?

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02/16/15
SportsBusiness Journal: NFL invests in licensed apparel firm

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SportsBusiness Journal: Super Bowl XLIX: Arizona

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02/09/15
SportsBusiness Journal: NYC brings out big All-Star activations

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02/09/15
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA All-Star returns to NYC

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02/02/15
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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

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SportsBusiness Daily: Subway Inks Last-Minute Deal For SB Spot

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SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Licensees Hope For Seahawks Win

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SportsBusiness Daily: Beckham Leads NFLPI's List Of Rising Stars

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SportsBusiness Daily: Andrew Luck Endorsing TD Ameritrade

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