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Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium is looking for a sponsor to add to its name



Tel Aviv-Yafo Sport Palaces Ltd., a municipal corporation owned by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, is publishing a tender for primary sponsorship and naming rights for Bloomfield Stadium. The sponsor chosen for Israel’s most popular sports venue will have rights to its name (following the name Bloomfield) and other rights, including advertising rights at central and televised spots, use of a central skybox, hosting events, and other benefits.

Bloomfield Stadium opened on 13 October 1962 and since has hosted thousands of games of Israel’s top football teams, international matches, and performances by international artists. The Stadium welcomes a million and a half viewers each year and generates extensive local and international media coverage through game broadcasts, performances and events. 

Four years ago, the Stadium was reopened after a massive investment by the Tel Aviv -Yafo Municipality through a comprehensive renovation and expansion project. This makeover positioned Bloomfield as the leading stadium in Israel, meeting high international safety and service standards and doubling its number of seats to nearly 30,000. 

Brands looking to submit an offer to name the stadium must submit all paperwork by August 1, 2023. The sponsor engagement is for eight years, with an option to extend for eight additional years.

Co-branding a venue can a lucrative deal. 

Phone mobile network Vodafone reportedly signed a £105m deal, back in 2013, for primary sponsorship and naming rights for Besiktas Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. In Germany, Bayern Munich’s home ground is believed to be pocketing £6.4m a year from insurer Allianz for a similar naming rights package, which include shirt sponsorship, advertising and stadium technological infrastructure rights.

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Bloomberg New Voices Launches Initiative in Brazil



Bloomberg New Voices Launches Initiative in Brazil
Banco do Brasil CEO Tarciana Medeiros in conversation with Julia Leite, Bloomberg Managing Editor for Emerging Markets in Latin America.

Bloomberg announced the expansion of its New Voices program to São Paulo with a celebration and networking reception held at Instituto Tomie Ohtake. This marks the program’s first expansion into South America, and São Paulo now joins New York, London, Paris, Johannesburg, Dubai, Singapore, and more as the initiative’s 16th city. The New Voices program began in 2018 with the goal of increasing the representation of women as expert sources across media platforms. Bloomberg sponsors intensive media training for women and other under-represented executives in business and finance to prepare them for broadcast appearances on Bloomberg TV and other media outlets.

During the event Banco do Brasil CEO Tarciana Medeiros spoke with Julia Leite, Bloomberg Managing Editor for Emerging Markets in Latin America, about her growth outlook for 2024 and the legacy she hopes to leave as the bank’s first woman CEO. The event also featured a conversation with Nubank Brazil CEO Livia Chanes moderated by Bloomberg TV anchor Annmarie Hordern, where she discussed the fintech sector, Nubank’s expansion into other Latin America markets, and more.

Laura Zelenko, Senior Executive Editor and Founder of New Voices at Bloomberg, and Vanessa Dezem, Bloomberg’s Bureau Chief for Brazil also delivered remarks at the launch about the importance of amplifying diverse voices through the New Voices program.

Speaking at the event, Zelenko said, “We decide every day who gets to speak on our platforms, whose views inform our coverage, who gets to tell our audiences what is the outlook for the economy, for markets, for a particular industry.” She continued, “Standing here in São Paulo, I should add that even beyond gender, it’s important that we are bringing more voices from this country, from this region, to our global financial reporting.”

Since the inception of the New Voices Program, Bloomberg has more than tripled the number of on-air female guests to 36%. The initiative expanded in 2020 to include a cohort of Black executives of all gender identities, and in 2021, Latinx executives across the U.S. More than 600 executives in more than 15 cities have participated in the program.

To apply or nominate someone for the program, please click here.

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Iranian journalist stabbed near his home in London



Iranian journalist Pouria Zeraati
Pouria Zeraati is a journalist and TV presenter at London-based broadcaster Iran International.

Iran International presenter Pouria Zeraati, 36, was attacked by a group outside his home in Wimbledon, south London, on Friday night.

On March 30th he updated his social media with a picture from his hospital bed as he recovers in London. UK.

Counter-terrorism officers are leading the investigation; while the Iranian regime has denied any involvement.

London-based Iran International, a channel broadcasting in Persian since 2017, has been under “threat, heavy threats” for 18 months, according to its spokesman, Adam Baillie.

During an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Braillie said the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been targeting journalists and their families.

“The IRGC “get in touch through proxies, they don’t leave a paper trail”, he said.

“No one’s going to call up from the IRGC and go ‘hey, it’s us’, but families have been taken in for questioning and threatened,” Mr Baillie added.

The broadcaster spokesperson also said that Mr. Zeraati had received death threats before and that the threats against Iran International’s staff had “escalated dramatically” over time.

Since 2022, several plots to either kidnap or kill British or UK-based individuals perceived as enemies of the Iranian regime have been disrupted by police, it is understood.

The Metropolitan Police said the motivation for the attack on Friday was not yet clear, but Mr Zeraati’s occupation and recent threats towards UK-based Iranian journalists meant the investigation was being led by specialist counter-terrorism officers in the country.

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NASA welcomes Greece as newest Artemis Accords Signatory



NASA Welcomes Greece as Newest Artemis Accords Signatory
(From left) Ioannis Daglis, president of the Hellenic Space Center, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, watch as Giorgos Gerapetritis, Greek foreign minister, signs the Artemis Accords on the margins of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue at the Department of State in Washington | Photo: Chuck Kennedy

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson participated in a signing ceremony Friday with Greece’s foreign minister, Giorgos Gerapetritis, as his country became the 35th country to sign the Artemis Accords.

The accords establish a practical set of principles to guide space exploration cooperation among nations.

Also participating in the event at the U.S. Department of State were NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Dr. Ioannis Daglis, president of the Hellenic Space Center. The signing occurred during the fifth United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington.

“Congratulations to Greece on becoming the 35th country to join the Artemis Accords family,” said Nelson. “The U.S. and Greece are long-time partners and friends, and we are excited to expand this partnership in the cosmos. Together, we are shaping the future of cooperation in space for the Artemis Generation.”

The Artemis Accords were established in 2020 by the United States together with seven other original signatories. Since then, the Accords signatories have held focused discussions on how best to implement the Artemis Accords principles.

“As humanity embarks on a great adventure, returning to the Moon and preparing for traveling beyond the Moon, the Artemis Accords serve as a beacon of collaboration and cooperation among nations, paving the way for a sustainable and peaceful exploration of space,” said Gerapetritis.

The Artemis Accords reinforce and implement key obligations in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. They also strengthen the commitment by the United States and signatory nations to the Registration Convention, the Rescue and Return Agreement, as well as best practices NASA and its partners support, including the public release of scientific data.

More countries are expected to sign the accords in the months and years ahead, which are advancing safe, peaceful, and prosperous activities in space.

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