American Hat Company has added two young Brazilian pro rodeo stars to its rosters of ambassadors. The dominance of Brazil in the sport is reflected in the marketing efforts of American Hat and other companies that sponsor PBR and its riders.
The fourth annual LaLiga Promises international tournament was held in Hoboken, N.J., last weekend. International youth events like LaLiga Promises are critical for international clubs in their effort to gain new fans, in addition to promoting the positive values of soccer as a whole.
Soccer in the U.S. was dealt a blow with the National Team’s absence from FIFA World Cup, but the sport is stronger than ever in the Hispanic community here, with two friendlies and the International Champions Cup hitting this summer.
Perform Group, the parent company of Goal, and Bayern Munich have announced a unique partnership that focuses on Latin America. The Club, with a rich Latin American tradition in players and supporter groups, is looking to market and garner even more fans in the region.
Forbes has issued its annual Top 100 Highest Paid Athletes list, with a record 17 Latinos earning mention. The earning power of Latinos worldwide is stronger than ever, with opportunities for these athletes, whether primarily English or Spanish speaking, continues to increase.
Jacqueline Hernandez, formerly of NBCUniversal, has been named President of Combate Americas. The addition of Hernandez, one of the most prominent Latinas in sports media, is a clear indicator that Combate Americas, targeting the Hispanic fan base, is continuing its rise among MMA promotions.
Entravision has announced several promotional initiatives tied into its FIFA World Cup Spanish-language radio coverage. Connecting with U.S. fans supporting their native Latin American nations is particularly critical with the absence of Team USA at World Cup, beginning in two weeks.
Brasileirão will be seen on YouTube in 27 countries in Europe, Asia, and Oceania via a new agreement with Spanish producer Mediapro. The deal greatly expands the footprint of the sometimes overlooked Brasileirão and provides YouTube users in those regions with new, unique content, ripe for marketers.
One of the largest Paso Fino equestrian events, Spectrum International, took place last week in Miami. Paso Fino’s long history in Latin America and South Florida make it the premier breed for equestrian events among Hispanic fans, and the annual event is one of the largest in the country.
The PGA Tour is continuing its partnership with social media network mitú, which reaches a massive, cross-cultural audience. Hispanics aren’t traditionally huge golf consumers, but some specific strategies by the PGA Tour can help it market its Latino stars and build that fan base.
Multi-national media, sports and entertainment group RELEVENT has acquired BRC Group, a leading marketer and producer of Hispanic soccer programs in the U.S. The agreement expands RELEVENT’s reach into the Hispanic grassroots market and should be a boon for youth soccer programs across the country.
James Borrego has been named head coach of the Charlotte Hornets. The hiring of Borrego may signal a stronger push
towards attracting the Latino fan base, which already has numerous superstars of Hispanic heritage to root for.
Telemundo may have benefited from the U.S. not qualifying for FIFA World Cup, reportedly selling 90% of its inventory to date. At least some of those sales are from companies that might have gone with Fox Sports’ English-language broadcasts.
Cuba will send a team of Olympic and Panamerican Champion wrestlers to the annual Beat the Streets Benefit, May 17 in NYC. Though diplomatic relations with Cuba are in flux, Cuba participating in a goodwill event like the Beat the Streets Benefit is important in what one day may soon be a viable market for brands.
The MLBPA has announced the donation of more than a quarter million dollars through its Trust to Project C.U.R.E. in Mexico. In conjunction with the highly successful MLB Mexico Series, and Latinos among MLBPA membership at an all-time high, connecting to the fan and player base through charity is critical.
Chivas Regal activated its Chivas Fight Club for Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s Cinco de Mayo Fight on Saturday. Chivas has been able to tap into GGG’s fervent Latino fan base with this strong connection to the champion boxer.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will play three games in the “MLB Mexico Series” this weekend in Monterrey. Much like the Puerto Rico Series in April, the Mexico games represent an embracing of the Latino influence on baseball and a signal to marketers that the sport is thriving across Latin America.
Tech newcomer Tronsmart has signed Uruguay National Team star Luis Suárez as brand ambassador in advance of the FIFA World Cup next month. Brands that don’t have the wherewithal for official FIFA World Cup partnerships can still find under-the-radar ways of promoting their products during the time when soccer fever is highest across the world.
N.Y. Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso has put forth a US $500 million plan (half of which would be his own investment) for an American soccer entity to rival MLS and boost U.S. Soccer. A push to host a future FIFA World Cup, providing a major boost to the sport in North America, would be helped by an even stronger, more unified pro base.
Combate Americas drew strong ratings on its two live April broadcasts, “Combate Estrellas I” and “Combate Estrellas II” on Univision and Univision Deportes, as well as in Mexico on Azteca 7. Combate Americas is positioning itself as a premier destination for Hispanic MMA fans, and advertisers have followed.