NEW YORK (August 31, 2010) – The USA Bid Committee today announced AT&T* as an official sponsor of the organization’s efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022.
“As a major supporter of professional soccer in this country, AT&T is the perfect communications sponsor for the USA Bid Committee’s mission to show the world that the United States would be honored to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022,” said Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. “Their global presence as an innovator in communications technology will be a significant asset to our bid and we’re proud to welcome them to our team."
AT&T is the Exclusive Communications Services Sponsor of U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer as well as the title sponsor of the annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game. The company is also an official sponsor of the Mexican National Soccer Team.
AT&T has placed a priority on interacting with U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy and the millions of MLS and U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team fans. Through the sponsorship of these properties, AT&T is able to deliver exclusive content, access to games, and more for these fervent aficionados – whether it is through the PC, TV or wireless device.
“At AT&T, our goal is to connect people to their passions,” said Jason Simpson, executive director, AT&T Corporate Sponsorships. “As an official sponsor of the USA Bid Committee, AT&T is proud to help support millions of soccer fans in the quest to bring the FIFA World Cup back to the U.S.”
AT&T will promote the U.S. Bid and its online petition – which has already collected more than 980,000 signatures from supporters – through AT&T’s Facebook pages and Twitter feeds while also including a link to www.goUSAbid.com on an AT&T internal website landing page dedicated to its employees.
The United States and the eight competing bids submitted their official bid book to FIFA in a formal ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland on May 14, 2010. FIFA’s 24 member Executive Committee will study the bids, conduct site visits and name the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments on December 2, 2010, completing a 21-month bid and review process.
The United States, England and Russia have formally declared their desire to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain have each submitted joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, while Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea are only candidates to host the tournament in 2022. Indonesia withdrew its bid in March 2010, while Mexico withdrew its bid in September 2009. Following the Mexico announcement, CONCACAF issued a public endorsement for the United States bid in November that pledged the full support of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
ABOUT U.S. SOCCER:
Founded in 1913, U.S. Soccer has helped chart the course for soccer in the USA for more than 95 years as the governing body of the sport. In this time, the Federation’s mission statement has been simple and clear: to make soccer, in all its forms, a pre-eminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. To that end, the sport’s growth in the past two decades has been nothing short of remarkable as U.S. Soccer’s National Teams have continually succeeded on the world stage while also growing the game here in the United States with the support of its members. For more information, visit ussoccer.com.
ABOUT THE USA BID COMMITTEE INC.:
The USA Bid Committee is a nonprofit organization created to prepare a successful application to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022 on behalf of the United States Soccer Federation. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is Chairman of the USA Bid Committee, David Downs is the Executive Director and President Bill Clinton is the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors that includes New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, comedian Drew Carey, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, American soccer stars Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, actor Morgan Freeman, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, director Spike Lee, actor Brad Pitt and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The U.S. Bid is supported by official sponsors AT&T and Fox Soccer Channel. The U.S. Bid includes 18 candidate host cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C. The U.S. Bid also features 21 currently existing stadiums, 18 of which have been built or renovated in the last 20 years and all of which are in compliance with FIFA requirements. With an average capacity of more than 76,000 spectators, the stadiums in the U.S. Bid offer the availability of a World Cup-record five million tickets that would generate $1 billion in ticket sales. For more information on the U.S. Bid, visit goUSAbid.com.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
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