Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 19, 2010) – U.S. Figure Skating announced today two new sponsor supplier relationships. Main Event Merchandise Group, an Indianapolis, Ind.,-based company, is the organization’s official supplier of corporate merchandise and promotional items, while Event Video Company (EVC), a Beverly, Mass.,-based company with satellite offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., is U.S. Figure Skating’s official supplier of videographer services for qualifying competitions.

 

"These partnerships will allow the business side of U.S. Figure Skating to perform more efficiently and consistently," said David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating. "By streamlining our processes, providing budget relief and improving the overall customer experience both internally and externally, we can focus more of our attention on the programs that impact our membership and our mission."

 

Main Event, manager of U.S. Figure Skating’s online store since the fall of 2009, has entered into a four-year partnership with U.S. Figure Skating that provides all corporate merchandise and promotional items for the organization. Main Event will also assist U.S. Figure Skating with the management of its licensing program while providing preferred group pricing to U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and programs.

 

"We are thrilled to be awarded this great opportunity," said Brian Fahle, president and CEO of Main Event Merchandise Group. "This is a fantastic new partnership for us, and we are honored to become part of the U.S. Figure Skating family."

 

EVC, which has worked closely with U.S. Figure Skating to supply videographer services at several qualifying competitions during the past three seasons, will now supply those services exclusively at 21 qualifying competitions during the 2010-11 season. The partnership offers skaters the opportunity to buy competition DVDs prior to, during and after events through an integrated online and on-site purchasing process. EVC will also introduce new technology throughout the term of the agreement, exploring new ways to deliver video content to skaters in a timely and user-friendly format, with a focus on growing social media platforms.

 

"During the last three years, we have developed wonderful relationships with several skating clubs around the country," said Chris Ronzio, president and founder of EVC. "Through this new relationship, we are excited to introduce our coverage and share our services with a wider audience of skaters and their families."

 

– U.S. Figure Skating –

U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is made up of 743 member, collegiate and school-affiliated clubs and more than 990 Basic Skills programs representing approximately 176,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States  including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.

 

– Main Event Merchandise Group –

Main Event Merchandise Group, founded in 1996 and based in Indianapolis, Ind., is a nationally recognized merchandise company providing a full-service shop for logoed apparel, corporate merchandise, promotional products, licensing, sourcing, fulfillment, ecommerce and in-house production. Main Event has moved to the industry forefront by building long-term relationships and providing customized, detailed, timely solutions for all of its clients, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Indiana University, USA Rowing, Minor League Baseball and USA Gymnastics. Main Event’s innovative staff has more than 80 years of combined experience in the industry. Focused on utilizing the latest technology to oversee the entire merchandise process – planning, production, fulfillment – Main Event designs high-end, customized apparel and merchandise while staying on the cutting edge of market trends.

 

– Event Video Company (EVC) –

Event Video Company (EVC), founded as Firewire Films in 2000, is a premier event video production company that offers reliable and consistent coverage for live action sporting, academic, theatrical, and corporate events. In just 10 years, EVC has grown to include offices in Massachusetts and Arizona, producing and shipping thousands of videos to all 50 states and 23 countries, and streaming live online video to over 100,000 viewers worldwide. Learn more about EVC at eventvideocompany.com.