February 15, 2011: It's getting closer to the time when college basketball teams start to rock 'n' roll in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball tournament, which means that marketers are also signing deals and beginning to activate.
The Pac-10 Conference said that Esurance has signed a deal to become its official car insurance partner. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Pac-10 members are Arizona, Arizona State, University of Cal-Berkeley, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
Other Pac-10 marketing partners include Toyo Tires, Pacific Life and MFS Investment Management.
As the official car insurance partner of the Pac-10, Esurance said it would appear in a variety of Pac-10 media, including Fox Sports Network coverage of the Pac-10, signage in-arena, the official Pac-10 Web site, Facebook and Twitter pages, tournament program ad and e-mail newsletters.
Esurance said it would have a strong media and onsite presence with advertising in Fox Sports Network's coverage of men's basketball and Runnin' with the Pac weekly TV show. The company also will have significant promotional involvement at FanFest during the Pacific Life Pac-10 men's and women's basketball tournaments, March 9-12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
This year marks the first time the Pac-10 is hosting a combined men's and women's basketball tournament to determine which schools are guaranteed participation in the NCAA's March Madness tournament.
Esurance will sponsor Green Night on Friday, March 11, and encourage fans to carpool to the game. To receive free parking, the first 170 people to visit the Esurance booth on the concourse of Staples Center during games on March 9 and March 10 will receive a free carpooler parking pass for Friday's Pac-10 basketball championship game.
"The Pac-10 represents energy and enthusiasm as well as dedication and hard work — values that are a big part of our success at Esurance."
"The Pac-10 represents energy and enthusiasm as well as dedication and hard work — values that are a big part of our success at Esurance," Darren Howard, Esurance vp-marketing, said in a statement. "Our Pac-10 relationship allows us to connect with students, alumni, and fans in multiple ways, including prime exposure both on television and on-site during the Pac-10's Basketball Tournament — the most exciting time of the year for the Conference of Champions' basketball fans."