September 17, 2014: N.F.L. Gets Warnings From Sponsors, Ticket Prices Set for Rio Olympics, How London Fashion Week Embraces Tech

By Beth Kormanik September 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

1. N.F.L. GETS WARNINGS FROM SPONSORS: Major sponsors of the N.F.L. such as beer giant Anheuser-Busch, McDonald's, Visa, and Campbell Soup Company are criticizing the league’s handling of of domestic violence and corporal punishment cases involving its players, while Radisson hotels has suspended its sponsorships of the Minnesota Vikings. Associated Press: “As the NFL and various team executives navigate scandal, much is at stake: The money companies pay each year to be official sponsors—not including advertising and promotions—is worth about $1.07 billion for the league and all of its teams, according to sponsorship consultancy IEG. The NFL is a coveted partner for brands since an average of 17.4 million people tune in during a regular season NFL game, about 65 percent men and 35 percent women, according to Nielsen. Experts say that brands are taking their cues by how upset consumers seem.”

2. TICKET PRICES SET FOR RIO OLYMPICS: Ticketed events at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016 will start at $20 and run to $2,000 for the opening ceremony, organizers announced. Some events held on the beach will be free to passersby. Associated Press: “Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said several months ago there would be ‘subsidies for some of the tickets.’ He was asked about it after a survey showed that attendance at the World Cup was made up primarily of Brazil’s top economic classes. Many of the poor were priced out of attending.”

3. HOW LONDON FASHION WEEK EMBRACES TECH: With more than 90 percent of the shows at London Fashion Week streamed live, the event has a reputation as embracing digital technology. Here’s what some of the brands are doing. Advertising Age: “On YouTube, Burberry trialled a new beta function, allowing viewers to watch highlights from the show while moving through layers of content, including stories behind the season's inspiration, the show's soundtrack, the latest make-up look and reactions from the guests as they took their seats. … Another historic British brand, Hunter—famous for its wellington boots—pioneered a fashion partnership with real-time video start-up Grabyo, tweeting different 10-45 second clips from its runway show to followers according to the weather conditions in their location.”


AUSTIN:  The Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck, a national promotional tour, makes a stop at Trace Patio at W Hotel Austin on Tuesday and Nova on September 24.

BOSTON:  Kevin Marsland Jr. is the new executive chef at Boston Catering & Events.

CHICAGO:  Shaw’s 26th annual Oyster Fest Block Party is September 26. The event will feature oysters, Gulf Coast-inspired snacks, live music, and a “slurp-off” contest.

LAS VEGAS:  Five leading design and construction industry trade shows have signed on to be part of Design & Construction Week, joining forces for the largest-ever residential construction exposition in the country, set for January 18-23.

Life Is Beautiful Festival has announced the addition of Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina to its Learning program lineup.

LOS ANGELES:  On Tuesday Pandora announced a free, four-part pop-up concert series in partnership with Southern California Lexus dealers. The first event features the band Magic and bows today in Culver City. has a roundup of arty parties happening in town this fall:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The second annual III Points music, art, and tech festival is slated for October 10-12 in Wynwood. The lineup includes Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, and Jamie Jones.

NEW YORK:  Louis C.K. and John Oliver will headline the eighth annual Stand Up for Heroes comedy event November 5, along with Bruce Springsteen, Brian Williams, and John Mulaney. The event kicks off the New York Comedy Festival. New York Post:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  The Ace Hardware Fall Convention & Exhibits is today-Friday at the Orange County Convention Center.

TORONTO:  North America’s first museum of Islamic art will open tomorrow at 77 Wynford Drive. The $300 million complex has a permanent collection of portraits, textiles, miniatures, texts, and instruments. Toronto Star:

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Chris4Life's fourth annual Blue Hope Bash is October 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel. The theme this year is “Beyond the Limits.”

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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