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04 / 07 / 14

Shortly before his visit to Tokyo last November, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach requested that the Japanese Olympic Committee organize an event with top executives from companies such as Toyota and Panasonic. Japan’s Olympic committee president, Tsunekazu Takeda, reached...

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04/07/14
Probst to be chair IOC press commission

Six months after being made a member of the International Olympic Committee, Larry Probst has been appointed chairman of the organization’s press commission. Probst The appointment is the lat ...

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03/31/14
NGBs create ‘Trio to Rio’ package

USA Swimming, USA Gymnastics and USA Track & Field are bundling media and hospitality inventory for all three national governing bodies into a single sales package ahead of the 2016 Rio Games. Billed as the “Trio to Rio,” the partnership marks the first time national governing bod ...

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03/10/14
Sponsors focusing ads on Paralympians

Three advertisers this weekend released new creative featuring Paralympians to coincide with their sponsorship of the first live broadcasts of a Paralympic Games on NBC in the U.S. Citi, Hartford and P&G all developed spots designed to supp ...

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03/03/14
Surprises realign endorsement market

Wasserman Media Group and IMG led U.S. sports talent representation agencies in the medal counts at the Sochi Olympics, but it may take longer than usual to determine who the real post-Games business winners are, Olympic industry experts said last week. That’s because many of the big storie ...

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02/24/14
USOC to pick 2024 bid city by year end

With the Sochi Games behind it, the U.S. Olympic Committee plans to turn its attention to a potential bid for the 2024 Summer Games. International Olympic Committee members have encouraged the U.S. to bid, and the USOC is intent on selecting a potential bid city by the end of the year. Candidates ...

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02/24/14
Three more deals lined up for Rio

Rio 2016 is on the cusp of announcing three tier-two sponsorships that will boost total sponsorship revenue to two-thirds of its goal of raising $1.3 billion. “We should be close to London [which raised $1 billion] two years before the Games,” said Renato Ciuchini, Rio 2016’s ch ...

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02/24/14
Sochi Games leave a complex legacy

A collective sense of dread gripped the Olympic industry ahead of the Sochi Games. Concerns mounted about security, protests and incomplete hotels. But after the Olympic flame was lit and the Games began, a gradual realization set in: Russia was delivering one of the most operationally sound and ...

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02/24/14
Bach energizes IOC membership

International Olympic Committee member Jean-Claude Killy stood in the lobby of the Radisson Blu last week and talked enthusiastically about his time in Sochi. “We have a new energy,” Killy said. The new energy Killy spoke of can be traced to the Feb. 4-7 IOC Session in the days pre ...

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02/17/14
IOC reprices TOP deals at $200M

The International Olympic Committee has set a new price point for TOP sponsorships, nearly doubling the cost of four-year global sponsorships from $100 million to $200 million. {podcast} SBJ Podcast: From Sochi: SBJ Olympics writer Tripp Mickle and Tom Shepard, former Visa marketer and ...

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02/17/14
Hard work helps NGB rebound

David Raith still remembers the day in 2007 that he learned ABC planned to end its 43-year relationship with figure skating. U.S. Figure Skating had anticipated it, cutting its expenses drastically in the final two years of ABC’s media contract, but the decision still hurt. ...

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