NEW YORK, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Madison Square Garden Company (NASDAQ: MSG) and Swiss Watchmaker Tissot announced their first marketing partnership, as Tissot becomes the "Official Timepiece of Madison Square Garden." This alliance will provide Tissot with premier brand integration at The World's Most Famous Arena, including New York Knicks and New York Rangers games and on the building's 7th and 8th Avenue Marquees.
"We are pleased to have Tissot join our lineup of industry leading marketing partners at Madison Square Garden as the first-ever 'Official Timepiece.' As the producer of some of the most precise and elegant timepieces in the world, Tissot will help ensure our fans are on time to see their favorite teams and events at The Garden," said Greg Economou, executive vice president of revenue performance for MSG Sports.
"Tissot is excited about becoming the first brand to be the Official Timepiece of Madison Square Garden," commented Francois Thiebaud, Tissot President. "As Official Timekeeper for many renowned international sports and other major international events, including the World Championships of MotoGP, Basketball and Ice Hockey, this association with the World's Most Famous Arena is a perfect fit. We look forward to taking part in the memorable moments that happen in this arena and to sharing them with fans in the great City of New York and around the world."
Tissot will have prominent integration on The Garden's 7th Avenue Marquee, that more than 600 million people pass by annually, as well as the 8th Avenue Marquee. Tissot will also be counting down the minutes to those thrilling Knicks and Rangers games on the Marquee before home games at The Garden. Fans will also be able to make sure they are on time by checking the Tissot clocks in the lobby, as they walk into The Garden's box office. During select games, the brand will have a feature on GardenVision, the center-hung scoreboard, highlighting each of the team's history. For Rangers the feature will be "A Moment in Rangers History," and for the Knicks the feature is entitled "Tissot Turn Back the Clock."
A Tissot countdown clock will also be featured on the Madison Square Garden Transformation website, www.msgtransformation.com. It will be active during the two remaining offseason shutdowns of the Arena in 2012 and 2013, counting down the time remaining to completion of the two phases of the historic project.
About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company's venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company's diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
About Tissot Swiss Watches
For Tissot, "In touch with your time" is far more than an advertising claim. This phrase expresses the brand's DNA; its proven dedication to being perfectly in tune with the technology and tastes of each era. Tissot has been growing and developing its tradition of innovation since 1853. From the early days to the present, in its home in Le Locle in the Swiss Jura Mountains, Tissot has translated craftsmanship and precision into stylish timepieces now sold in more than 160 countries around the world. Special materials, advanced functionality and meticulous design detail join forces to create the luxury of accessibility. Tissot is a member of the Swatch Group, the world's largest watch producer and distributor of Swiss Watches, as well as official timekeeper and partner of MotoGP, FIM Superbike, FIBA, AFL, CBA and the World Championships of cycling, fencing and ice hockey. With the latest innovations in its communication and product, Tissot presents impressive proof of its signature, "Innovators by Tradition". www.tissot.ch
SOURCE Swatch Group; Madison Square Garden