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CASHING IN THEIR CHIPS: TEMPE, FRITO-LAY BENEFIT FROM FIESTA
Published January 4, 1999
Fiesta Bowl organizers "are hoping" tonight's national championship game "will pump" up to $120M into the local economy, according to Tim Molloy of the AP (AP, 1/1). CHIPS AHOY! In Dallas, Richard Alm calls Frito-Lay's title sponsorship of the game "the year's biggest marketing event" for its Tostitos brand. L.A.-based Sports Business Group's David Carter, on Frito-Lay's sponsorship: "They've put together the money and the people to get a return on their investment." The company sponsored a block party for 150,000 people on New Year's Eve in Tempe, the game's location, and will sponsor pregame "festivities" around Sun Devil Stadium today (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/4). Frito-Lay spokesperson Lynn Markley, on FL State (FSU) coach Bobby Bowden carrying a bag of Tostitos at the Tempe airport last week: "It was totally unexpected but very much appreciated." In N.Y., Claudia Carpenter reported that Frito-Lay paid $8M for the official sponsorship, which includes $3M for air time on ABC's broadcast and $5M for the title right. Carpenter: "Plus, Frito-Lay gets to wine and dine 75 of its best customers and take them to the game" (N.Y. POST, 1/3). FSU CB Mario Edwards, on the ubiquitous Tostitos brand: "Man, I'm tired of salsa. We wake up, and it's salsa. We got chips and dip for breakfast" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/1)....The Tostitos commercial featuring a singing Bill Parcells will air throughout January (Frito-Lay).