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SBD Global/December 7, 2012/Marketing and Sponsorship

Marketplace Roundup: Title Sponsor Hyundai Drops German Field Hockey Federation

IMG has revealed its top sponsors for the 2013 Tour de Suisse.
The German Field Hockey Federation (DHB) "is looking for a new title sponsor." Hyundai, which has been the federation's title sponsor for eight years, revealed that "it will not extend its sponsorship deal" despite Germany's men's team winning the Gold Medal at the London Games (SID, 12/6). ... La Liga Athletic Bilbao and coffee company Cafés Baqué have agreed to a two-year partnership. The deal will allow the company to "exploit the Athletic brand, exclusively in the coffee sector, and in the production and commercialization of its products" (Athletic Bilbao). ... IMG and Caddiemaster have formed a partnership to develop caddie services in China. The agreement calls for the caddie company to provide caddie training at IMG-managed clubs in China, while IMG will market Caddiemaster and help establish its business throughout the country (IMG).

SETTING SAIL: Online foreign exchange provider Alpari has signed a sponsorship deal with New Zealand's match racing team, BlackMatch Racing. The Alpari companies will support the team as it competes at the Tour's season finale, the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. The agreement will run until Saturday, the last day of the event (Alpari). ... Mobile media group and app company Bitzio signed a partnership deal with IMX, the joint-venture between EBX Group and IMG Worldwide, through a non-exclusive mobile game rights agreement. Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, IMX, through IMX Talent, represents several major int'l sports and celebrity brands. Bitzio and IMX will jointly develop a mobile game based on IMX content (Bitzio). … Cricket Australia revealed that the Commonwealth Bank has extended its support of cricket by coming on board as an official partner of the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League (CA). … Abu Dhabi, UAE has agreed to an historic partnership with nine-time World Rally Championship-winning manufacturer, Citroën Racing, to bolster the emirate’s presence in global motorsports. The three-year partnership between Citroën Racing and the newly-created Abu Dhabi Racing will see two full-works manufacturer teams, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team and the Abu Dhabi Total Citroën World Rally Team, participate in the WRC as of the next season’s opening round in Monte Carlo, running Jan. 18-20 (Citroën Racing).

CYCLING SPONSORS: IMG revealed the top sponsors for the 2013 Tour de Suisse. Swiss search engine search.ch has extended its contract and will sponsor the awards for the leading riders in the points standings again in '13. The race’s cooperation with Swiss pastry & bakery company Roland was also renewed. Roland and search.ch each became the official sponsor of the Tour de Suisse for the first time in '12. The Haribo brand, currently a co-sponsor of the Tour de Suisse, will be put on the fastest sprinter's jersey at next year’s event for the first time. The long-standing collaboration with cheese manufacturer Le Gruyère AOC would continue (Tour de Suisse). ... The World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland has signed a partnership agreement with helmet manufacturer CASCO. Under the agreement with the German company, which runs through '16, the WCC will receive 130 helmets a year for its trainees on the road, track and BMX disciplines (Int'l Cycling Union).
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