Apple Sponsors Super Bowl 50 Host Committee for the First Time

For the first time ever, Apple has become a sponsor of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, which is responsible for everything from public transportation to logistics to financing, though it is not sponsoring the game itself. According to Yahoo! Finance, the Super Bowl was financed privately this year, raising $50 million from sponsors including Apple and Uber. The Committee has however not disclosed how much each individual sponsor gave.


A new host committee for each Super Bowl is assembled almost three years in advance. The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee was formed in September 2013 after San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium won the bid to host it that May. The report highlights that this year’s host committee received no money from the state government or local tourism authority. Instead, Super Bowl 50 was privately financed with money from blue-chip corporate sponsors.

Here’s why Apple chose to sponsor the Super Bowl Host Committee rather than the Super Bowl itself:

“Super Bowl sponsors get signage around the stadium, the chance to bring corporate guests who in turn schmooze with sales and marketing executives, and activation opportunities before the game, like Super Bowl City, presented by Verizon, or The City Stage, presented by Levi’s—designated areas that will be open to the public in the Bay Area during the weekend of the game.

In their marketing of the game, official sponsors of the Super Bowl can use the NFL’s official Super Bowl mark. Sponsors of the Host Committee don’t—they can only use the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee mark (which shows the Golden Gate Bridge and a football), and only in the state of California”.

Apparently Apple doesn’t much care about the rights to the NFL logo. Instead, Apple believes that the NFL should pay them for the right to use their mark, because their mark is more valuable than the NFL shield.

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