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May 11, 2015: As NHL fans prepare for a dramatic climax in the 2014-15 Stanley Cup playoffs, the league and marketing partner Discover Financial Services are looking to 2015-16 and beyond.
The league has signed a deal with Discover that extends and enhances their alliance through 2019, keeping the firm as the NHL's official credit card and official payment service partner. title for the NHL on NBC’s broadcast of the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Game and co-branded float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and participant in jewel events including the All-Star Game and outdoor games.
Financial terms of the deal were not shared. Discover has been an official partner of the NHL since 2010.
Among the new aspects of the alliance, Discover said it would launch of each of the league's 30 teams the NHL Discover card, offering such amenities as ten percent off purchases at Shop.NHL.com and exclusive discounts to Shop.NHL.com and the NHL Powered by Reebok store in New York. (Details here.)
Discover will continue to support with multi-platform activation including TV, Internet, social media and in-arena marketing.
“The NHL is a great partner that allows us to reach our customers. With our new agreement we will be able to deliver even more of what our customers want."
“Over the course of this sponsorship, Discover has demonstrated a deep commitment to hockey through a series of innovative marketing programs for our fans,” Brian Cull, NHL group vp-integrated marketing, said in a statement. “The NHL Discover it Card is the most recent example of the type of fan-first initiatives that sets Discover apart. We look forward to many more years as partners."
According to Jennifer Murillo, vp-brand communications for Discover, “The NHL is a great partner that allows us to reach our customers. With our new agreement we will be able to deliver even more of what our customers want. The new NHL Discover it card will not only offer NHL fans great rewards and discounts, but also the ability to show their colors by selecting their favorite NHL team’s logo as part of their card design.”
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