Sprint to end NASCAR partnership after 2016

Huntersville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Sprint will end its partnership with
NASCAR after the 2016 season.

The wireless carrier cited a need to focus more directly on its core business
priorities as the reason for its decision to end its sponsorship of NASCAR’s
top series.

“Sprint has long benefited from the unprecedented level of brand integration
available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan base that is the most loyal in
sports,” said Sprint vice president of marketing Steve Gaffney in a statement.
“Without question, the NASCAR sponsorship property has been a valuable
investment for us and will be for our successor.”

NASCAR and Nextel signed a 10-year agreement in 2004 and Sprint took over
after a corporate merger with Nextel. The Nextel Cup became the Sprint Cup in

Prior to 2004, NASCAR’s premier series had been sponsored by tobacco giant RJ
Reynolds for 33 years and was known as the Winston Cup.