A summary of the most exciting news in multicultural sports marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.
- UFC has reached a company value of up to US$7 billion, after signing a five-year media rights deal with ESPN, according to Dana White, president of the UFC. The deal with ESPN, announced in May, will see the sports broadcasting giant cover a total of 30 events each year, with 15 bouts to air exclusively on the new ESPN+ streaming service. The agreement is said to be worth an eye-popping US$300 million annually over five years, netting the UFC a total US$1.5 billion.
- MLB will open the season earlier than ever before next year, after announced that all 30 teams will start the 2019 season on March 28, the earliest Opening Day in history, without counting international games. The season will tip off with the Mariners and host Athletics at the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21.
Victor Cruz, former New York Giants wide receiver, is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. Cruz will contribute to NFL Live, Get Up!, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and other ESPN platforms year-round.
- MMA promotion Combate Americas announced the opening of La Jaula Studios, a new multi-platform content production studio created to serve Hispanic Millennials and Generation Z. La Jaula Studios will produce authentic content in Spanish, English, and Portuguese that complements Combate Americas’ programming with upcoming projects. The new studio will be led by Stan Jakubowicz, who was recently promoted to Chief Content Officer and will be based in New York.
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- Kellogg’s Cheez-It brand was named as the title sponsor of the NFL Cactus Bowl, which will now be known as the Cheez-It Bowl. The multi-year partnership features a match-up between members of the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. The fully-integrated partnership includes digital and social media, content, in-stadium exposure, product sampling and on-site activation at the game and other Fiesta Bowl organization events.
Frost Bank has become the San Antonio Spurs first-ever jersey partner. The multi-year deal will see Frost’s logo on the jerseys starting Sept. 30. Frost Bank’s branding will also appear more widely at the AT&T Center and on Spurs’ digital platforms.
- The Overwatch League and Twitter locked a new multiyear deal to bring highlights and live stream content to the platform. Twitter will drive Overwatch League’s distribution of near real-time highlight clips from every match of the Overwatch League regular season, playoffs, Grand Finals, and All-Star Weekend.