A summary of the most exciting news in multicultural sports marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.
- The Chicago Cubs’ new TV network, Marquee Sports Network, will cost $4 a month to audiences, the Chicago Tribune reported. Scheduled to launch in February, the network will be the exclusive local TV home of Cubs games.
- Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka became a Mastercard ambassador, becoming the first professional tennis player to wear the Mastercard logo – on her visor – in competition. “As Asia’s first world number one player, she is an inspiration not just to her fans in Japan and the region, but to young girls and boys the world over. We see our relationship as an opportunity for us to enable her – as a consumer and our brand ambassador – to experience all the security and convenience of our payment products and services,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing, and communications officer, Mastercard.
- Major League Baseball is bringing its All-Star Game to Atlanta, cementing plans for a 2021 appearance at SunTrust Park. The game had previously been played at Atlanta Stadium in 1972 and at Turner Field in 2000.
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- Facebook and Instagram announced fan engagements that will run throughout the NBA Finals, which include Facebook Stories contribution stickers, Fan stickers and Polling on Facebook, while Instagram will serve up Instagram Shopping, and an Instagram Story takeover, that will see the NBA partner with the official @Instagram account to help generate Instagram Stories content from Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
- Combate Americas announced that Cricket Wireless will continue to serve as the exclusive wireless sponsor of the organization. In addition to its presenting sponsorship at “Reinas” and upcoming events, Cricket and Combate have developed a 17-piece video series to give fans a closer look into fighters’ everyday lives.
- Social Finance, a private lender that specializes in refinancing loans, has reportedly acquired naming rights for the new US$5.2 billion stadium in Los Angeles that will be home to the National Football League’s (NFL) Rams and Chargers.