Sports sponsorship

In this Thursday, July 18, 2019, photo, robots of mascots of Olympics "Miraitowa," left, and Paralympics "Someity" are shown to the media at Toyota Motor Corp. headquarters in Tokyo. The mascot robots’ eyes change to the images of stars and hearts. The Japanese automaker Toyota, a major Olympic sponsor, is readying various robots for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
July 21, 2019 - 10:27 pm
TOKYO (AP) — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic...
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July 19, 2019 - 7:16 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says top-tier sponsor Alibaba will run ticketing services for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, putting the Chinese online retail giant in line to do the same for future hosts Paris and Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee says the Beijing contract...
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Justin Haley, center, waits on pit road in the rain with crew members after the NASCAR Cup Series auto race was stopped because of weather at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Haley was declared the winner a short time later. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
July 08, 2019 - 2:27 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When Furniture Row Racing decided to fold, team owner Barney Visser enlisted an industry agency to help him sell off his assets. Visser wanted Spire Sports and Entertainment to sell the charters he owned that guaranteed entry into the top racing series in the United...
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Portraits of the USA women's soccer team members are visible in the windows of a building on Fifth Avenue, in New York, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Women's soccer engages the U.S. every four years, then disappears for most fans like Brigadoon. In the wake of the Americans' record-setting fourth World Cup title Sunday, July 7, 2019, the hard part remains ahead: the weekly work of boosting the National Women's Soccer League. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
July 08, 2019 - 1:27 pm
Megan Rapinoe, the lavender-haired icon of women's soccer, maintains that green is the key to her sport's sustainability. "For me, it's about the Benjis," she said. Women's soccer engages the U.S. every four years, then disappears for most fans like a comet leaving the solar system. In the wake of...
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FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic logos, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers say they are putting an unspecified “hundreds of thousands” of tickets into a lottery next month for Japan residents who were shut out when results of the first lottery were announced in June. On Friday, July 5, organizers said 3.22 million tickets were sold to Japan residents in the first lottery. They said more than 90% bought tickets the tickets were awarded in the lottery.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
July 05, 2019 - 7:46 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are putting "a few hundred-thousand" tickets into a lottery next month for Japan residents who were shut out when results of the first lottery were announced in June. The new "second-chance" lottery is being organized on short notice because of unprecedented...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, North Carolina Courage players celebrate their NWSL soccer title victory over the Portland Thorns in Portland, Ore. The National Women's Soccer League has a television contract for the second half of its season to replace the partnership with A+E Networks that was cut short a year early by the broadcaster in February. ESPN will televise 14 matches, the network said Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Adam Lapierre/The Oregonian via AP, File)
July 04, 2019 - 6:23 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Women's Soccer League has a television contract for the second half of its season to replace the partnership with A+E Networks that was cut short a year early by the broadcaster in February. ESPN announced Thursday that it will televise 14 matches in its first NWSL...
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In this June 23, 2019, photo, a security officer uses a flashlight to check on the Olympic Rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Thursday they would run another ticket lottery next month for residents of Japan to view the games. Millions of Japanese were let down last month when they came away empty-handed without tickets for next year's Olympics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
July 04, 2019 - 7:41 am
TOKYO (AP) — Overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Thursday they hope to run another ticket lottery next month for residents of Japan who got nothing the first time. Millions of Japanese were let down last month when they came away empty-handed in a lottery for next...
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July 01, 2019 - 10:05 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Dutch syndicate withdrew its challenge for the America's Cup on Monday while an American group says it will continue on after restructuring its management team and continuing to seek corporate sponsorship. DutchSail, headed by former America's Cup champion Simeon Tienpont, said...
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Gary Woodland signs autographs after competing in the Pro-Am for the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Detroit. (Mike Mulholland/Ann Arbor News via AP)
June 26, 2019 - 6:06 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Gary Woodland left his news conference and resumed another interview while walking toward the Detroit Golf Club clubhouse when he was stopped in his tracks. "Hey, Gary!" a man shouted, leaning against a rope. "Can I get a picture real quick?" Woodland obliged, striking a quick pose...
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June 26, 2019 - 3:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 25 about endorsement deals for college athletes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nancy Skinner is a state assemblywoman. Skinner is a state senator. A corrected version of the story is below: California rethinks endorsement deals for college...
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