SUBWAY® Restaurants, the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, today announced a multi-platform partnership with NBC Sports that will enable the brand to engage with consumers during marquee sporting events.
“We are very pleased to partner with NBC Sports on this groundbreaking, multi-platform sports relationship,” said Tony Pace, chief marketing officer of the SUBWAY Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust. “High profile sports work for the SUBWAY brand in a couple of ways. First, it reaches a wide swath of the population, which is very important for a brand of our size. Second, it helps reinforce the health and active dimensions of the SUBWAY brand, which set us apart from our restaurant competitors. We look forward to working with NBC Sports to continue to find ways that drive audiences to NBC and Subway.”
Throughout the activation period, SUBWAY and NBC Sports will encourage viewers to tune-in to featured sporting events and make SUBWAY their food of choice for the occasion. Co-branded promotional segments featuring SUBWAY Famous Fan Michael Phelps and SUBWAY brand ambassador Jared Fogle will air in 4Q’09 and 1Q’10 on highly rated NBC programming during primetime, late night, and on NBC Sports programming including Football Night in America.
The results of a recent consumer survey conducted by NBC Universal showcased that 86 percent of football fans surveyed identified the “Sunday Night is Football Night” tagline; while 73 percent of surveyed eat a meal during football games on Sunday nights.
“Our unique partnership with Subway is a natural extension of NBC Sports’ big event strategy,” said Mike McCarley, senior vice president, strategic marketing, promotions and communications, NBC Sports. “Nothing brings friends and family together better than great food and big events on TV and having Michael and Jared enjoying Subway while watching TV is exactly what millions of Americans do.”
The relationship with NBC Sports offers SUBWAY the opportunity to incorporate “Fresh” messaging including catering options available nationwide into a wide array of programming. Throughout the professional football season, SUBWAY will activate with in-store Point Of Purchase materials showcasing “Sunday Night is SUBWAY Night.”
Key highlights of SUBWAY’s on-air activation with NBC Sports include:
· SUBWAY “Fresh Take” features that highlight up-and-coming football players during select NBC Sunday Night Football broadcasts.
· SUBWAY will be the presenting sponsor of a special edition of Football Night in America on Wildcard Saturday, Jan. 10, 2010.
· Sponsorship of “Game of the Week” intermission reports airing during each NBC Sports hockey broadcast including the 2010 Winter Classic.
· A series of “Fresh Take” features will air during the U. S. Figure Skating Championships in Jan. 2010 highlighting these world-class athletes
Additionally, SUBWAY will have a presence on Sunday Night Football Extra, an HD quality video player on NBCSports.com that simulcasts “Sunday Night Football” games and allows fans to access content throughout the season.
About SUBWAY® Restaurants
The SUBWAY® restaurant chain is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, with more than 30,000 locations in 88 countries. Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, and with regional offices in Amsterdam, Beirut, Brisbane, Miami, and Singapore, the SUBWAY® chain was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. The SUBWAY® brand was ranked the number one global franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2008 “Annual Franchise 500” listing. For more information about the SUBWAY® chain, visit www.subway.com and www.subwayfreshbuzz.com. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc.
About NBC Sports
NBC Sports, known for amassing large audiences while presenting the most prestigious properties in sports, represents superior production that elevates sport, broad promotion and mutually-beneficial partnerships.
As evidence of NBC Sports’ ability to amass large audiences, over the past year, NBC Sports broadcast two record-breaking television events: The Beijing Olympic Games, the most watched event in U.S. television history with 215 million viewers and Super Bowl XLIII, which achieved the largest single audience in U.S. television history with a record 152 million viewers. NBC Sports is now home to eight of the top ten most-watched events in U.S. television history.
NBC Sports partners with many of the most powerful brands in sports. NBC Sports has broadcast 16 Super Bowls, tied with CBS for the most Super Bowls broadcast by a single network. As America’s Olympic Network, NBC has broadcast more Olympics than any other network and owns the rights to the Olympic Games through 2012. NBC is also home to “NBC Sunday Night Football,” the premier primetime NFL game of the week. Other prestigious NBC Sports properties include Notre Dame football, the U.S. Open Championship, The Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Wimbledon, French Open and the Stanley Cup Final.