Sports sponsorship

A Visa sponsorship sign sits on a restaurant counter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium during a tour for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Atlanta. During its sponsorship renewal with the NFL through the 2025 season, Visa envisions the first cashless Super Bowl. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
January 29, 2019 - 2:58 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — So you're headed to the Super Bowl some year in the future, and you're wondering how much cash you'll need for the big game. No worries: During its sponsorship renewal with the NFL through the 2025 season, Visa envisions the first cashless Super Bowl. It won't be this year, although...
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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 - 8:55 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 - 2:05 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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FILE - This is a Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 file photo of Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games bid, as he listens to a question from the media during their first international presentation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid in London. France's financial crimes office says International Olympic Committee member Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Financial Prosecutors office says Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal investigation for "active corruption" on Dec. 10.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
January 12, 2019 - 4:03 am
TOKYO (AP) — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation...
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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 - 7:06 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 - 10:53 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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MGM Resorts CEO James Murren, left, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred speak during a news conference at MLB headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
November 27, 2018 - 5:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — MGM Resorts International became Major League Baseball's official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan, a deal made as the sport tries to ensure more prevalent legal sports betting does not lead to any scandals of the type sparked by illegal wagers in its past. "Over the past 18...
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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 18, 2018 - 7:32 pm
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 a checkered flag. "It's all about this moment...
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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 - 9:30 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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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, then-Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif., listens at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Former California Congresswoman Bono announced her resignation Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, as the interim president at USA Gymnastics after just four days on the job. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
October 16, 2018 - 11:50 pm
When former California Congresswoman Mary Bono took over as the interim president for USA Gymnastics last week, she pointed to the opportunity to "reconnect" with a sport she loved growing up. The connection lasted all of four days. Bono stepped down on Tuesday, saying she felt her affiliation with...
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