Sports sponsorship

Japan's Naomi Osaka answers questions at a press conference following her win over Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
January 24, 2019 - 9:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka says she hopes her sponsors will consult with her about how they portray her, but her focus is on her game as she heads into the final at the Australian Open. Osaka was asked about criticism over one of her main sponsors, Nissin Foods Holdings, after...
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FILE - In this July 14, 2018, file photo, James Hinchcliffe races down the track during the third practice session of the IndyCar auto race in Toronto. Arrow Electronics has significantly increased its partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and will enter the 2019 season as the title partner of the IndyCar team. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
January 18, 2019 - 12:15 pm
Arrow Electronics has significantly increased its partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and will enter the 2019 season as the title partner of the IndyCar team. Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports unveiled its two-car driver lineup Friday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, not far from Arrow's...
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From left, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles, Tsuneshia Okuno, an executive vice president at NTT and 2018 series champion Scott Dixon shake hands during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. IndyCar has signed a multi-year title sponsorship deal with NTT, a global information technology and communications leader. The partnership makes NTT the official technology partner of the IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400. NTT replaces Verizon, which was title sponsor of the series from 2014 until it ended its partnership last season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
January 15, 2019 - 3:43 pm
IndyCar announced a multi-year title sponsorship deal Tuesday with NTT, a global information technology and communications company based in Japan. The series will be called the NTT IndyCar Series. NTT Data, a subsidiary of parent company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., already sponsors a car...
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January 03, 2019 - 12:34 pm
The NFL is partnering with Caesars Entertainment as its first official casino sponsor, but the multiyear deal does not include sports betting or fantasy football. The arrangement announced Thursday begins with this weekend's playoffs and is worth $30 million annually for three years, a person with...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, Anton Shipulin of Russia competes during the men's 20 km individual competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany. Shipulin, a world biathlon champion at the heart of Russia's doping scandal, has announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
December 25, 2018 - 8:06 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Anton Shipulin, a world biathlon champion at the heart of Russia's doping scandal, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Shipulin, 31, told a news conference in Moscow that he decided to retire after he was barred from the Winter Olympics earlier this year. He is one of scores of...
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In this Nov. 20, 2018, photo a customer makes a sports bet at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Professional sports leagues that once vehemently fought sports betting are now partnering with gambling companies to get in on it now that it's legal. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
November 28, 2018 - 11:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Professional sports leagues, which once vehemently fought the prospect of legal sports betting, are now scrambling to get in on it. In a pact announced Wednesday morning, the National Basketball Association is partnering with Sportradar and Genius Sports to distribute NBA betting...
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Jimmie Johnson, left, gets into his car before the NASCAR Cup Series championship auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. At right is crew chief Chad Knaus. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 19, 2018 - 12:54 am
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson walked into a Hendrick Motorsports family reunion on pit road. Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon chatted near the No. 48 car while Johnson's wife cradled crew chief Chad Knaus' baby boy. They needed baby wipes as much as a checkered flag. "It's all about this...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes for a layup past Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) and forward Markieff Morris (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)
November 02, 2018 - 10:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing their turnaround from a terrible season start, the Oklahoma City Thunder picked up their fourth consecutive victory by beating the struggling, booed-at-home Washington Wizards 134-111 behind Russell Westbrook's 23 points and 12 assists Friday night. From 0-4 to 4-4, the...
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Jimmie Johnson, center, poses with owner Rick Hendrick, left, and Ally Financial CEO Jeffery Brown, right, after announcing a second primary sponsor for his team prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
October 28, 2018 - 4:09 pm
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Rick Hendrick, a car dealer at the end of the day, pulled off another sales job of Jimmie Johnson to preserve the branding of the seven-time NASCAR champion. Ally Financial Inc. will sponsor Johnson for all 38 races in the next two NASCAR seasons — the remaining years on...
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October 02, 2018 - 7:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Big time college basketball was cast at the opening of a criminal trial Tuesday as a corrupt enterprise where major schools and their heralded coaches rely on athletic gear giants to do their dirty work, paying cash to struggling families of top-tier high school athletes to guide...
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