PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MetLife, Inc., a leading global life insurance provider whose blimp program has provided aerial coverage to professional golf and other sports for over two decades, has become an Official Marketing Partner of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.
The four-year agreement, which runs through 2016, gives MetLife the designations of “Official Life Insurance Company of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour” and “Official Aerial Coverage Provider of the PGA TOUR.”
“We are very pleased to announce this official relationship with MetLife, which has been associated with the PGA TOUR for over 20 years through the wonderful aerial television coverage provided by the MetLife blimps,” said Jay Monahan, Chief Marketing Officer for the PGA TOUR. “We look forward to working closely with MetLife to build upon this history and expand its involvement with the TOUR and our tournaments.”
The MetLife blimps are scheduled to provide coverage at 29 tournaments this season. Since 1987, tournament coverage from the MetLife blimps has been a staple of PGA TOUR telecasts on CBS, NBC and now Golf Channel. Today, the Snoopy One and Snoopy Two blimps combine to cover more than 80 sporting and news events per year, logging roughly 120,000 miles in travel.
“MetLife seeks opportunities to connect with our target audiences around the world, and one engaging way to do so is through sports,” said Richard Hong, vice president of global brand & marketing, MetLife. “The PGA TOUR is truly international, with approximately 80 members of the TOUR now coming from outside the US, and over 800 telecasts of TOUR events being shown around the world this year alone. Those broadcasts reach millions of golf fans in many countries where MetLife is a growing enterprise, making the relationship a natural fit.”
MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning 120 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to $1.86 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.