SPORTS MARKETING BITS: Target, Celtics, Esports, Audi, MLS, and More…

A summary of the most exciting recent news in sports marketing and media in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you're trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

U.S./U.S.-HISPANIC MARKET

Image result for target major league soccerTarget announced becoming the official partner of Major League Soccer beginning this upcoming season. It wil also sponsor MLS’ new Minnesota United FC franchise’ jerseys and become the official Retailer of U.S. Youth Soccer. This is the the retailer’s largest-ever push into team sports.

General Electric signed an agreement with the Boston Celtics to become the team’s sponsor during the upcoming seasons. Details on the agreement haven’t been announced jet, but it has been said that the brand’s logo will appear on the NBA team’s jersey.

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After Nike decided to stop producing golf gear, Tiger Woods started using Adidas’ TaylorMade golf clubs. Doing this, the professional golfer will both represent Image result for audi ELEAGUE MajorAdidas and Nike. The first event where both brand will share golf icon will be at the Torrey Pines Golf Resort, in San Diego

Audi decided to bet on esports. The brand joined digital sports short before the start of one of the year’s biggest tournament, the ELEAGUE Major, in Atlanta, Georgia

LATIN AMERICAN MARKET

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo Nazario, who played for Real Madrid and Barcelona, announced a 50% acquisition of CNB e-Sports club. The club, integrated by Brazilians only, was founded in 2001 and plays at the League of Legends tournament. Among the team’s shareholders are also poker champion Andre Akkari, and Brazilian Series of Poker CEO Igor Federal Trafane.

Image result for chevrolet patrocinio Torneo Verano 2017 argentinaChevrolet became official sponsor of the Argentinian Torneo de Verano 2017, which is played by Argentina’s most important soccer teams, and will be played in Mar del Plata, Salta, and Mendoza.

On February 2nd Boca, from Buenos Aires, will play against Chivas, from Guadalajara. The encounter will only be broadcasted online and through pay-per-view.

 

Ximena Cassab @xcassab

Ximena is a Swiss-Mexican journalist based in Mexico City where she specialized in business, and travel topics. Graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), she has worked as an editor at the magazines Expansión , Aire and Accent, from Expansion Group. Currently she is working with different media in Spanish and English independently. She is a passionate traveler who does not miss the opportunity to see a new place in the world.

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