Friday 3 August 2012

Olympics brand police - how companies are challenging the limits

A crackdown by 'logo police' on brands being linked to the Olympics without official sponsorship rights have been accused of "lunacy" for ordering shops to remove sausages, flowers and bagels shaped as the Olympic rings.

Some food stalls in the Olympics village are selling chocolate, chewing gum and savoury snacks from under the counter as they cannot display items not produced by key sponsors. However, as always, satire is proving to be one of the unintended consequences of the ban.
  • Glasses company Specsavers used a diplomatic blunder by Olympic staff mixing up the North and South Korean flags at a football game to design an ad written partly in Korean with the two flags and a strapline: "Should have gone to Specsavers"
  • Oddbins, has offered 30 percent discount to customers with a list of items of non-Olympics sponsors such as Nike trainers, Vauxhall car keys, an RBS MasterCard, an iPhone, a bill from British Gas and a receipt for a Pepsi bought at KFC..
  • Bookmaker Paddy Power was told to remove posters advertising its official sponsorship of the "largest athletics event in London this year", referring to an egg and spoon race in London in Savigny-sur-Seille, France. LOCOG backed down and the posters are still up
Have an anarchically Olympian weekend, from the NamNews Team!
...ideally in the  "Capital of England during the Sport Matches that Occur Every Four Years during the Southern Hemisphere Winter, Which Happens to Be in This Year We Are in Now"
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