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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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Jul192010

It's Chemistry: Dow Chemical Becomes IOC TOP Partner; Will P&G, BMW Follow?

July 18, 2010: The International Olympic Committee said that the Dow Chemical Company has signed a deal to become the tenth member of The Olympic Partners (TOP) Program.

The agreement makes Dow an official Worldwide Olympic Partner and the official chemistry company of the Olympics through 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed. Analysts said that TOP partners pay upward of $100 million for four-year rights.

Dow, which worked with the IOC at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, joins an elite group of IOC worldwide TOP partners, including Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. Acer, McDonald's and GE are currently signed through 2012. Atos Origin, Panasonic and Samsung are signed through 2016. Dow joins Coca-Cola, Omega and Visa as companies signed up through to 2020.

"The Olympics is a market," Dow CEO Andrew Liveris told Reuters. "This is a market and revenue opportunity that will generate $1 billion."

Insiders said that Procter & Gamble and BMW are in talks to become TOP partners in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which would equal the dozen TOP partners IOC had going into the 2008 Games. P&G is an official partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and BMW has a deal with the organizing committee for the 2012 London Games. Several companies opted not to renew their TOP deals that expired after the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, including Johnson & Johnson, Lenovo, Kodak and ManuLife.

Dow's pact with the IOC includes the 2012 London Games, the 2014 Olympic Winter Olympics in Sochi, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the 2020 Olympic Games, for which the host cities have yet to be named. As part of the agreement, Dow will also partner the IOC and the National Olympic Committees around the world.

“Dow has supported the Olympic Movement for several years, including most recently as a partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and we are delighted it will extend its partnership to a global basis for the next decade," Gerhard Heiberg IOC Marketing Commission chairman, said in a statement. "The long-term nature of this partnership is excellent news for the Olympic Movement as a whole. As a Worldwide TOP Partner, Dow supports all of the constituents including the IOC, the Organizing Committees of the Olympic Games, the National Olympic Committees and their teams, and ultimately the athletes themselves.”

According to IOC president Jacques Rogge, “We are delighted to welcome Dow to the TOP Program. As a global leader in the chemical industry and an innovator in sustainability, Dow will not only provide critical financial support to the Olympic Movement, but also bring industry-leading expertise and innovation to the Games themselves. Dow will be an important partner in making our vision for sustainability a reality.”

Dow marketing support will include multi-media efforts for the 2010 Games and beyond, but was not detailed. The company said it has annual sales of $45 billion in 2009 and employs about 52,000 people worldwide.

“With our long-standing commitment to global sustainability, innovation, scientific excellence and addressing world challenges, we believe Dow is perfectly matched to the vision of the Olympic Movement, which is about peace, progress and the world coming together to celebrate our common humanity," Dow Chemical Company chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris said in a statement. "In addition, our association with the Olympic Games will present Dow with tremendous new business opportunities, making this partnership a powerful growth catalyst that comes at the right time in our company’s strategic transformation.”

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