From the Wires
Time Warner Cable and The Madison Square Garden Company Announce Long-Term Marketing Partnership
By: Business Wire
Nov. 13, 2012 11:31 AM
Time Warner Cable (TWC) and The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) today announced a long-term marketing partnership that will align TWC’s “Enjoy Better” brand campaign with concerts and sporting events taking place at The World’s Most Famous Arena. As part of the partnership, TWC is now the naming partner for the Concert Series at Madison Square Garden, as well as an Official Partner of the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers. The new partnership will also enable TWC to use MSG’s unrivaled ability to deliver unforgettable experiences to offer unique benefits exclusively for its New York City customers.
“We are very excited to align our ‘Enjoy Better’ campaign and company brand with The World’s Most Famous Arena here in the heart of our hometown of New York City,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, chief marketing officer for Time Warner Cable. “Like our customers, we are huge music fans and long-time supporters of the Knicks and Rangers and are proud to invest in New York City by sponsoring these storied brands. Through our partnership, we can offer the thrill and unique experiences of the transformed Garden and showcase our advanced services for NYC-area consumers.”
“We are well on our way to transforming Madison Square Garden into the world’s most spectacular arena, and are proud to partner with Time Warner Cable, which enables us to enhance our customers’ experiences at concerts and sporting events at The Garden even further,” said Greg Economou, executive vice president, corporate sales and solutions, MSG Sports. “Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable will enjoy unmatched brand exposure at one of the busiest arenas in the world, along with the opportunity to reward their current customers with unique experiences only Madison Square Garden can deliver.”
The partnership gives TWC a strong brand presence across MSG’s sports, entertainment and media platforms, including the Arena’s 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue outdoor marquees, digital signage within the building for events, features on GardenVision, the center-hung scoreboard, as well as integration across MSG’s online properties. The Garden has a strong lineup of diverse and top-name artists scheduled to perform this fall as part of the Time Warner Cable Concert Series, including Madonna, Justin Bieber, One Direction, The Who and Jason Mraz.
“Enjoy Better” Brand Experiences
As an extension of its “Enjoy Better” brand campaign, TWC’s new Madison Square Garden platform will offer unique experiences and opportunities for its customers and Garden guests. During every Knicks and Rangers home game, one lucky fan will win an “Enjoy Better” enhancement to their game experience, such as a seat upgrade or merchandise, courtesy of TWC. In addition, TWC will be the presenting partner of one Knicks game and one Rangers game per season, and will distribute premium items to fans. TWC plans to also run sweepstakes for customers to win tickets and unique experiences to concerts that are part of the Time Warner Cable Concert Series at Madison Square Garden.
TWC will take advantage of an area on the Madison Concourse (6th floor) of The Garden to engage visitors with fun, interactive displays and games with the Company’s brand ambassadors. Through its demonstrations, consumers can engage, sample and experience TWC’s broadband Internet-enabled products and services and other advanced entertainment and telecommunications services.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.
About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company (NASDAQ: MSG) is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks; and Fuse, a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Networks also include high-definition channels, MSG HD and MSG+ HD, and Fuse includes its high-definition channel, Fuse HD. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
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