How Some Marketers Are Trying To Crash The Olympic Party

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A set of newly installed Olympic Rings are seen outside the swimming venue at  Olympic Park ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 2, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The official Olympic sponsors will spend more than $900 million to associate their brands with the summer games in Rio. But millions more will be spent on what’s known as “ambush marketing.” That’s advertising that implies a connection to the Olympics when in reality, there is none.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with media analyst John Carroll.


John Carroll, professor of mass communication at Boston University. His blog is “Campaign Outsider” and he tweets @johncarroll_bu.

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