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In an interview with BRANDWEEK, GM North American Marketing and Advertising head Phil Guarascio said that the company is close on a '96 summer Olympics sponsorhip deal, but have been unable to come up with a mutually agreed price. According to sports marketing sources, GM offered $5M for the domestic auto sponsorhip, though ACOP had been asking $8M to $10M for its "second tier 'supplier' rights package." Guarascio feels that his bid is a fair one because the Olympics are "occuring during a typically slow sales period for the auto category." And since GM has already paid around $50M for an ad package on NBC's Olympic broadcast, he wants prices set "accordingly." Guarascio: "In the future we will not see one price per category. If you're sponsoring a ski event it might be worth $100,000 for Solomon Skis, but maybe only $20,000 for, say, Ray-Bans" (Eric Hollreiser, BRANDWEEK, 1/9 issue).