Quote of the Day
"Clearly there is going to be some extensive damage."
-- Predators Senior VP/Communications & Development Gerry Helper, on standing water at Bridgestone Arena due to the continued heavy flooding around Nashville (TENNESSEAN, 5/4).
Coors is out and A-B is back as an official league sponsor at the NFL. In a surprising deal -- especially in terms of timing -- A-B returns to the fold as a league patron in a deal that will start with the ‘11 NFL season. The massive deal will surely squelch industry concern that sports’ biggest corporate spender would be reining in its checkbook under new ownership from InBev, as this easily marks the biggest new sports deal under the A-B InBev umbrella. Terms of the deal are not immediately available, but sources say A-B will double what Coors was paying. For Coors, the move ends a league-wide relationship that started in ‘02, when it took over the category from A-B. MillerCoors will still have an NFL presence, as it currently has 22 team deals, including a significant agreement with the Cowboys that runs for another decade.
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