The Hershey Company has announced a six-year extension with CBS Sports, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports and the NCAA as the “Official Confectionary Partner.” In addition to Hershey’s top brand, Reese’s, the renewed deal will include Hershey’s growing salty snack brands, Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels and SkinnyPop Popcorn as the “Official Pretzel and Popcorn Partner” of the NCAA.
“NCAA March Madness is bursting with excitement, fun and arguably the most passionate sports fans, and we’re thrilled that Hershey snacks will be part of the action for years to come,” says Marlene Creighton, chief sales officer, The Hershey Company. “Reese’s will bring its iconic pairing of chocolate and peanut butter to the Final Four, and we’re excited to pair salty snacks like SkinnyPop Popcorn and Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels with future NCAA game day moments too.”
An official partner of the NCAA since 2009, The Hershey Company will continue to leverage the relationship with advertising, including social and digital media, in-store promotions and on-site activations in Final Four markets. As part of the extension, Reese’s will continue to be the title sponsor of the NABC Reese’s College All-Star Game, as well as Reese's Final Four Friday. CBS Sports and WBD Sports jointly manage and collaborate on the NCAA's Corporate Champions and Partners program.
“We are extremely pleased that Hershey’s-- and its brand Reese’s—has renewed its NCAA corporate partnership, and will continue to support student-athletes, our championships and our fan events,” says Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “Hershey’s has one of the most well-known, respected and recognized brands in Corporate America and worldwide. As one of our longtime partners, we thank Hershey’s and look forward to working with them in the NCAA Corporate Partner Program for many years to come."
“The Hershey Company has been a trusted and valued NCAA Corporate Partner for more than a decade and we are thrilled to extend and expand this longstanding relationship,” says Devron Edwards, vice president, NCAA partnerships, CBS Sports. “We are excited that the Reese’s brand will continue to play a key role in supporting student-athletes across all NCAA championships, including continued support of the Reese’s College All-Star game on CBS Sports Network and we look forward to Hershey’s salty snack brands joining this incredible partnership.”
“We are excited to extend our long-term relationship with The Hershey Company, adding more of its beloved brands to the mix, as we build upon our existing partnership with more collaborative and innovative opportunities to engage NCAA fans,” says Jon Diament, EVP, Ad Sales, Warner Bros. Discovery. “Our Corporate Partners help us leverage the cultural moment of March Madness with captivating programs that mirror the excitement of the tournament, and we are thrilled to continue this initiative together.”