Mcdonalds Heat Olympics Sponsorship

January 17, 2012 by staff 

Mcdonalds Heat Olympics SponsorshipMcdonalds Heat Olympics Sponsorship, McDonald’s announced it would continue its sponsorship through 2020, a deal estimated at about $100 million per four years, or for every pair (winter and summer) of Olympic Games.

But for years, various organizations have protested McDonald’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games on the basis of hypocrisy. Many critics are galled by the notion that a restaurant known for flipping fatty burgers and greasy fries is joined at the hip with one of the foremost showcases of athleticism and fitness. Numerous protests are planned for the 2012 Games.

Here are the sponsorship details: In addition to its role in this year’s Games in London, McDonald’s now will gain exposure in Sochi, Russia (2014), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016), and Pyeongchang, South Korea (2018). The 2020 Summer Games location has yet to be determined.

In a statement, McDonald’s president and COO Don Thompson said, “In keeping with McDonald’s ongoing commitment to children’s well-being, we will continue to communicate with kids about the importance of balanced eating and active lifestyles through our partnership with the Games.”

However, it’s the topic of health that has landed McDonald’s in hot water.

A former Olympian is particularly outraged at one of the 2012 initiatives for London. McDonald’s will build its largest location ever — a 30,000-square-meter, two-story behemoth capable of seating 1,500 customers — in the Olympic Park. 2004 boxing silver medalist Amir Khan has criticized organizers, telling the Daily Mail: “It is clearly sending the wrong signal to kids and young people. If we want them to be healthy and educate them to eat healthily, we need to think about approaching them in a different way, especially around sport.”

Also, McDonald’s position as the exclusive “meal brand” of the games has drawn much ire across Britain for putting an American face on the food. Other chains must remove their labels and/or change packaging on food sold throughout several Olympic sites, according to The Guardian, meaning the country’s mix of British, Indian and other ethnic fare will go mostly unnoticed.

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