LG Tips Off Final Four Sponsorship

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LG Electronics

officially kicked off its fourth year as a corporate sponsor of the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in New Orleans next month.

The company will host a number of fan events providing hands-on opportunities with LG's latest consumer electronics products, home appliances and smartphones.

As a central part of the effort, LG's "Home Court Challenge" will take place on April 1 at 2 p.m. CT at Bracket Town in New Orleans and will celebrate one of the best rivalries in sports history: Duke vs. Kentucky from the 1992 Regional Finals.

To mark the milestone contest, Center Court will be transformed into an LG model home where Bobby Hurley from the Duke '92 team and Travis Ford from the Kentucky '92 roster will go head-to-head in a variety of household chores while their actions are scored by CBS Sports analyst Greg Anthony.

The LG House in the event will feature washing machines with TurboWash technology that saves 20 minutes per cycle and LG's super-capacity French-door refrigerator offering the largest capacity in its class at 31 cubic feet.

Other highlighted products will be LG's Cinema 3D Smart TVs with enhanced 2D to 3D conversion technology and passive glasses 3D viewing and the LG Nitro HD 4G LTE smartphone that delivers new levels of speed and features from a 4.5-inch HD IPS display. The Nitro is powered by AT&T's 4G LTE network and includes a 1.5 GHz processer.

In addition to calling the contest, Anthony will also appear in LG's "Do March Right" TV commercials  that will begin airing this month within March Madness coverage on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.

The company has three TV spots that were developed to drive consumers into stores, "which is a request from many of our retail partners right now," said James Fishler, LG Electroncs marketing and go-to-market senior VP. "In stores, we will also have a variety of product promotions including buy and LG Nitro 4G LTE phone and get a free Bluetooth headset called The Tone, or a value on pedestals for laundry or Blu-ray players and soundbars for TVs."

Purchasers of qualifying LG smartphones, Cinema 3D TVs or LG major appliances will also have the chance to win instant savings and free LG products at participating retailers through April 7.

LG's "Do March Right" sweepstakes has been planned to give consumer a chance to win a trip to the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four or various LG products. To enter, fans can visit LG's Facebook page and "like" the Fan Gate; visit

www.LG.com/NCAA

; or scan a picture of the LG "Do March Right" QR Code at participating retailers.

Fishler said several retailers across the country will also run their own TV spots that tie in with the LG campaign.

Following the Home Court Challenge event, LG said it make donations in both participating players' names to the Coaches vs. Cancer charity and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Monetary donations will also be made to both organizations, and LG will donate a number of Nitro HD smartphones along with a year of prepaid AT&T service to patients of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, to underscore how LG technology "helps make life better for consumers and their families."

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