Exclusive Commercial Rights of the United States Olympic Committee
All commercial rights to the United States Olympic Team Trials, including but not limited to broadcast, internet, photography, sponsorship and advertising, are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). For the participating athletes in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, this includes the following:
1. All broadcast rights, including but not limited to television, film, radio and the internet, are strictly controlled by the USOC. All persons are prohibited from using any photographs, videotape or other audio and/or audiovisual recordings of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on the Internet or for commercial purposes without prior written consent of the USOC. In other words, no one is allowed to make commercial use of any photographs or videos or any digital recordings/pictures of the competition on the internet or in any other medium.
2. Participating athletes must follow the "Competitor's Clothing" policy. This must be strictly adhered to, and a participant will not be permitted to run in a uniform that does not meet these requirements.
3. All participating athletes must explicitly sign or acknowledge a "Name and Likeness" waiver that provides the USOC the right to reproduce, publish and otherwise distribute, in any medium, the names, pictures, likenesses and voices, as well as any biographical material (as applicable) of the participants in the Olympic Team Trials. The USOC, however, is NOT permitted to use this right in a manner that suggests an endorsement of any product or service, or of any other event, without the written consent of the individual involved. This will be done during the entry process online or via a document signed at the competition site.
4. A sponsor, supplier or licensee of any participant is not permitted to publicize its association with the participating athlete in a manner that suggests a relation to the 2008 Olympic Games, the Olympic Team Trials, the U.S. Olympic Team or the USOC, and is not permitted to use any Olympic-related marks, words or designations in advertising or other promotional activities. No sponsor, supplier or licensee may use any "O" word terminology in any publicity or promotion with you.
5. No "Ambush Advertising" is allowed. This means there can be no commercial identification of any product or service or any promotional matter of any kind (e.g., name, logo, trademark or trade name of any third party) to appear in: (a) camera-visible competition areas of the Olympic Team Trials, (b) on the uniforms or on the bibs/numbers of the competitors, except as outlined in the "Competitor's Clothing" policy, or (c) in camera-visible areas that are located in proximity to the site of the Olympic Trials (e.g., warm up area, start and finish areas, etc.) that are controlled by the organizers. Only commercial identification outlined in the competitor's clothing policy is allowed in or near the competition site. An on-course sign (hand-held or otherwise) with any commercial identification is not allowed.
If you have any questions regarding these rights, please contact Brian Brase in the USATF National Office at 317-713-4658.