Joe Favorito @joefav
Joe Favorito has over 32 years of strategic communications/marketing, business development and public relations expertise in sports, entertainment, brand building, media training, television, athletic administration and business. The Brooklyn, New York native has managed the day-to- day activities in strategic communications for: Two of the world’s hallmark sports and entertainment brands (the New York Knickerbockers and Philadelphia 76ers), the world’s largest professional sport for women (the WTA Tour), the world’s largest sports National Governing Body (the United States Tennis Association) and the world’s largest annual sporting event (the US Open). He also oversaw the strategic planning, investor relations, communications and digital business development of the International Fight League during its two year run as a Mixed Martial Arts venture and a publicly traded company. Favorito serves on the boards of the Weinstein Carnegie Group, New York Sports Venture Capital, the National Sports Marketing Network, the Drexel University Sports Business program, and Columbia University’s Sports Management program (where he is an instructor in Strategic Communications and Director of Industry Relations). Joe also maintains a well trafficked blog on the sports marketing and publicity field, “Sports Marketing and PR Roundup,” on the website joefavorito.com, as well authoring the first- ever text on the sports publicity industry (“Sports Publicity” published in August 2007 by Reed Elsevier and updated in 2012 by Taylor Publishing with a third printing coming in 2018), which is used in over 60 sports management programs in the U.S. He has been a guest speaker on sports marketing, social media and communications at a host of institutions, including Princeton University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, the University of Florida Law School, New York University, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and many others. He is also a frequent spokesperson on the industry for publications ranging from Ad Age and The New York Times to NPR and CBS News. A graduate of Fordham University, Joe, his wife and two children reside in River Vale, New Jersey.
Portada New York included two sports marketing panels, featuring Portada board member and Allstate Director of Sports Marketing Daniel Keats, Comcast’s Hispanic Marketing Director Alejandro Solorio, Portada board member and EVP, Managing Partner, Scout Sports and Entertainment Michael Neuman, and Jon Patricof, president of the New York City Football Club.
Nike debuted its Juntas Imparables campaign, step one of a long planned and multitiered play into the Mexican marketplace for Nike.
At SportBusiness Summit in Miami, La Liga President Javier Tabas spoke up for the Girona-Real Madrid matchup in January, against some opposition from other organizations, including FIFA and MLS.
Rafael Nadal, 17 years and 80 career singles titles after his 2001 debut, transcends both the Spanish and English speaking world.
The leaders of FIFA and U.S. Soccer Federation met with the President to discuss 2026 World Cup plans. Though largely ceremonial, the meeting was important in supporting the growth of the sport here.
MLB announced a slate of games as it returns to Mexico next year with regular-season and spring-training contests. Spreading the participation across multiple markets and multiple months will give MLB it’s most consistent on the ground presence in Mexico ever.
Allstate continues its support of Latino sports and culture with title sponsorship of Alianza de Futbol’s “Sueño Alianza” program.
A Chivas press conference received some social media exposure for its excessive product placement in front of coach Jose Cardozo. The almost comical number of items, coupled with a mic flag and step-and-repeat logo got a few laughs and actually provided some basically harmless extra exposure for the Liga MX team and a few of its partner brands.
European leagues have held “friendlies” in the U.S. for years, but La Liga North America represents the next step: bringing regular league matches here, with huge fandom and marketing possibilities.
The new flyweight champion is also the only Hispanic Olympic gold medalist, with a huge personality that is an ideal crossover hit for marketers.
A crossover standout like Lindor, who has appeal not just to Latinos but to a wide variety of fans, can be what baseball needs as it struggles to market outside of die-hard fans, to younger audiences.
With World Cup over, it can be deemed an overall global success not just in soccer, but in sports
business. Brands were able to use social media to deliver messages more than ever, via nontraditional outlets like Twitch, a trend that will only increase.
With World Cup now completed, it’s baseball’s turn to show off its Latino stars in the All-Star Game and associated activities this week in Washington, D.C. Baseball’s Latino numbers are higher than ever, and companies are figuring out the best ways to transfer that star power to marketing strength.
A new study by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, as reported by the New York Times, notes that youth soccer participation is down 14%. It’s an alarming number, one of which soccer industry leaders are aware and are looking at ways to turn around; playing rather than just watching is a key element to long-term fandom.
Mitú has carved out a niche in the social space, helping brands leverage the World Cup to engage millennial Latinos. The example set by Mitú at World Cup can serve as a template or at least a starting point for brands to connect with Hispanics through grand-scale sporting events.
World Cup activations and partnerships have begun as the tournament kicked off last weekend. Companies are leveraging stars like Lionel Messi and Ronaldo while soccer interest is highest globally.
Wells Fargo’s campaign featuring Landon Donovan supporting Team Mexico in the World Cup has gained some attention amid some “controversy” regarding the spots. Marketers can use the window of Mexico’s success and popularity with an American figure who can transcend cultures and casual fans to draw needed awareness here.
Comcast this week announced a bilingual video experience integrating Fox and Telemundo World Cup coverage. This will be a great test for soccer fans who may have had to turn down the volume and follow their favorite brands when the language, especially Spanish, did not fit the household.
FIFA has reviewed (markedly different) bids from Morocco and North America for the 2026 World Cup. Initial signs point towards the United 2026 bid, and as that gains traction, marketers can plan for increased interest here.
David Villa’s production company Designated Player and Telemundo Deportes will create content during FIFA World Cup. In what can develop into a Spanish “Players’ Tribune,” leveraging World Cup content can be a big boost for DP.