Sex toy sponsor at Olympics curling event prompts livestream cut

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Organizers of the event, the place one U.S. group is making an attempt to qualify for Beijing, mentioned they had been informed the on-ice adverts had been an excessive amount of for U.S. audiences.

A Dutch intercourse toy firm’s try to succeed in followers of the healthful sport of curling led some broadcasters to cancel their livestream of a event that can decide the ultimate spots within the Beijing Olympics. 

Local organizers of the Olympic Qualification Event within the Netherlands mentioned they had been informed that on-ice adverts with the EasyToys title and nonexplicit emblem had been an excessive amount of for the U.S. viewers. Dutch media reported that the livestream was additionally canceled in Japan.

“I’m not the fitting man to have an opinion what’s regular through which nation,” promoter Dagmar van Stiphout informed The Associated Press. “I feel they’re additionally shocked, but it surely’s finest to ask them.”

USA Curling tweeted on Sunday that video of the Americans’ opening-round match was not accessible as a consequence of “an unexpected sponsorship battle with the native organizing committee.” The nationwide governing physique mentioned NBC was working with organizers on an answer.

An NBC spokesman didn’t instantly reply to a query searching for a proof for the choice. EasyToys, a sexual paraphernalia web site that payments itself as “the market chief within the Netherlands and Belgium,” couldn’t be reached for remark.

While the majority of the lads’s, girls’s and blended doubles Olympic curling fields have already been stuffed, the event to find out the ultimate spots in Beijing started on Sunday in Leeuwarden, about 90 minutes north of Amsterdam. Fourteen groups, together with the American pair of Chris Plys and Vicky Persinger, had been competing for the ultimate two coed berths within the Winter Games.

But Americans searching for the livestream on the World Curling Federation website as a substitute discovered a message that the broadcasts had been suspended as a consequence of “an ongoing sponsor rights situation.” In movies tweeted by the WCF and elsewhere, the EasyToys adverts could possibly be seen in 4 spots on the enjoying floor, and its title was printed alongside the hog line that determines the place curlers should let go of the stone.

Van Stiphout informed the AP that organizers knowledgeable the WCF of its sponsorship agreements just a few weeks in the past.

“We knowledgeable them which sponsors there are. We spoke with them concerning the place” of the adverts, he mentioned. “I can think about they’re shocked concerning the response, however not shocked concerning the sponsors we now have.”

WCF spokesman Christopher Hamilton informed the AP on Monday that organizers had been investigating “quite a lot of options to resolve our broadcast accomplice coverage issues surrounding sponsor agreements and utilization.” USA Curling President Jeff Plush didn’t instantly reply to an e mail searching for remark.

Persinger and Plys received their first three matches of the round-robin and had been tied with South Korea atop the group standings. The blended doubles competitors concludes Thursday, with the ultimate two groups incomes a spot within the Beijing area.

“Of course it’s a pity that it’s taking place now,” van Stiphout mentioned. “We will go on with the event. We do it for the athletes. We’ll stick with it with the event.”

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