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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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01/06/14
Sponsors adjust to activism at Games

Nearly a year before the Sochi Games, U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Communications Officer Patrick Sandusky received a call from a reporter wanting to know what the USOC thought of a law winding its way through Russia’s parliament that would ban gay propaganda. Sandusky, who was hearing of t ...

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12/16/13
NBC, Yahoo to partner for Sochi

NBC Olympics and Yahoo will partner to promote video highlights and live streamed video of the Sochi Games, ending years of competition and public sniping over what outlet drove the most traffic during an Olympic Games. {podcast} SBJ Podcast: Tripp Mickle and Eric Fisher discuss the NBC-Yaho ...

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12/09/13
Citi will bring Olympics to NYC space

Citi is bringing its Olympic hospitality home. Rather than limiting its hospitality to Sochi, the company is renting a loft in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood where it will host employees, clients and customers from Feb. 18-23. Citi is the only sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee doi ...

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11/25/13
Hurdles on getting food to Russia

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. High shipping costs and Russian food regulations have made it challenging for U.S. Olympic Committee sponsors to get their companies’ food products into the country for the Sochi Games. ...

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11/11/13
USOC extends deal with Blackmun

The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors finalized a four-year contract extension with Scott Blackmun that will see him continue to lead the organization through the 2016 Rio Games. BLACKMUN ...

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11/04/13
NBC bullish on Sochi Olympics

NBC Sports executives are more optimistic about the Sochi Games than they have been about any Winter Olympics in the last decade. Ad sales are strong, internal research suggests viewership will be high, and the event is expected to be “comfortably” profitable. ...

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11/04/13
Countdown event grows in size, stature

When the 100-day countdown to the Torino Olympics began eight years ago, Kellogg’s didn’t hold a press event or announce a marketing program. In fact, it did next to nothing. More than a dozen sponsors participate in t ...

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10/28/13
Ralph Lauren's Games togs are all-USA

When news broke last year that Ralph Lauren made Team USA’s Olympic opening ceremony uniforms in China, the company was trashed on social media and blasted on Capitol Hill. It responded by pledging that the uniforms it supplies to athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi Games would be made in the ...

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10/21/13
Athletes see social media demands rise

Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace has signed deals with Deloitte, Kellogg’s, TD Ameritrade, Under Armour and others ahead of the Sochi Olympics. Each agreement includes the usual contractual obligations such as personal appearances, but they also spell out social media requirements that will se ...

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