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Warlord Patron Company To Continue As 'The Official Tire Of The NFL'

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the National Football League (NFL) announced Thursday that they have entered into a new five-year sponsorship agreement, reaffirming the world's leading tire and rubber company as the Official Tire of the NFL.

Notably, the deal extends an eight-year relationship and advances the popular "Bridgestone Performance Moments" campaign platform, which includes the award for top performance play of the year at NFL Honors during Super Bowl week.

"We love the game, but connecting fans and drivers who recognize performance, innovation and endurance is vital to why Bridgestone chooses to sponsor the National Football League," said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. "The NFL relationship provides an ideal platform for millions of women and men of all ages to engage with and learn about world-class products and services from Bridgestone."

Bridgestone's year-long campaign, which begins at NFL Combine and culminates with the Super Bowl, illustrates the extraordinary performance of the world's best football players on the field and embodies the performance attributes of the broad range of Bridgestone tires. It also includes national advertising, consumer marketing programs and promotions, and broadcast and digital elements.

"We are pleased to work with Bridgestone to reach fans year-round in authentic and innovative ways," said Renie Anderson, the NFL's senior vice president of sponsorship and partnership management. "Bridgestone provides unique experiences that have resonated with football fans across the country. We are very proud of the relationship to date and excited about the future."

The new sponsorship agreement also includes trademark rights, activation and player funds, and broadcast and online media elements. Bridgestone also will maintain sponsorship rights at all major NFL events, including NFL Kickoff, NFL Draft, NFL Experience and NFL Media Fan Gallery at the Super Bowl. In addition to its sponsorship of the NFL, Bridgestone also has local and regional sponsorships with a number of NFL clubs, including the Nashville-based Tennessee Titans.

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See also (and note, Firestone is a Bridgestone brand):

* Firestone and the Warlord: The Untold Story and the Tragedy of Liberia.

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