LA 2024 Betting On Historic Sponsorship Sales Lananna Named New USA Track & Field President Golf Expected To Stay In Olympics Through '24 Sources: NHL Makes Olympic Offer To Players LA 2024 Talks In Wake Of Trump Election LA 2024 To Address Trump's Election In Pitch Trump Victory Raises Questions For LA 2024 Bid Canadian Olympic Committee To Invest $37M LA 2024 Strengthens Olympic Bid Former USATF Staffers Question Max Seigel's Practices
SBD/February 6, 2014/Olympics
Olympic Marketing Notes: IOC TOP Sponsors Hesitant To Give Up Crisis Plans
Published February 6, 2014
GOLD OR GO HOME? In Miami, Linda Robertson notes U.S. snowboarder Shaun White by withdrawing from the slopestyle competition managed to "cut his losses and protect his brand." White "played it savvy -- not usually an admired attribute in the go-for-the-gusto snowboarding subculture" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/6). ESPN's Michael Wilbon said, "If you're Shaun White, you just go to win Golds to protect your $20 million empire" ("PTI," ESPN, 2/5). ESPN's Jackie MacMullan said if you're White "you just need one" Gold Medal around your neck at the Sochi Games "for all those endorsement opportunities to continue to flood in." The N.Y. Daily News' Frank Isola: "He's looking at it from a marketing standpoint. He wants that Gold Medal because the Gold Medal will lead to a pot of gold at the end of the Olympics for him" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 2/5).
RIGHT BACK AT YA: In Albany, Rick Karlin noted New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and former N.Y. Assemblyman Scott Stringer late last year "wrote to 10 global companies that are among the sponsors of the Sochi winter games, asking them to ensure that their gay rights policies remain in force in Russia." Five companies "responded with rather anodyne, bland comments about how they are committed to human rights." But Switzerland-based Swatch "fired back, urging DiNapoli and others to look instead at the U.S. policies, especially the recent spying/eavesdropping controversies that have enveloped the National Security Agency" (TIMESUNION.com, 2/5).
THE PARTY'S OVER: TMZ SPORTS reported Budweiser has "decided to NOT throw its traditional Winter Olympics party this year ... because the company is not comfortable with the situation in Russia." A source confirmed "there will be no Club Bud in Sochi" (TMZSPORTS.com, 2/5).