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A summary of the most exciting news in soccer marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • Major League SoccerThe MLS has announced the introduction of shirt sleeve partners next season. According to The Athletic, the potential new deals could be worth anywhere between US$500,000 and US$1 million per year. The MLS league-wide kit supply deal with Adidas limits franchise shirt sponsorship to one main partner until 2023.

 

  • Spanish league La Liga launched an OTT subscription service in August that lets fans watch second-tier Spanish football matches for 3.45 a month or 17.29 a year on its TV app, LaLigaTV. La Liga is looking to take control of its own brands and broadcasting live games to audiences. Chief communications officer, Joris Evers, is not ruling out that La Liga’s top division matches might get broadcast on the platform someday as well.

 

  • The Canadian Premier League shared its plans for a first draft, as Canadian University soccer players have an opportunity to earn a spot on a CPL, in partnership with U SPORTS. This will allow an athlete with one to four years of eligibility remaining to play with a CPL club, while preserving their eligibility, in the spring and summer before returning to U SPORTS competition. A player draft will take place on Nov. 12 following the 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship at UBC in Vancouver.

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  • Sky Italia has acquired the exclusive coverage rights of the Premier League in Italy, for three more years. Its current deal is set to expire by the end of the current campaign. Sky Italia will broadcast over 235 matches a year from England’s top flight across its range of platforms.

 

  • AS RomaAS Roma has renewed its partnership with fashion brand Hugo Boss for the 2018/19 season. Hugo Boss will supply the club with exclusive term wear as well as formal club occasions. AS Roma won’t be the only well-dressed club, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich, as well as Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, all have deals with the fashion brand.

 

  • ASICS has locked a multi-year sponsorship deal with Spanish football star Andres Iniesta. The deal is part of the brand’s efforts to expand its football business and reach more audiences across Asia. The football player will support the brand through product placement and promotions.

 

  • The German Football Association and Fanatics have partnered to allow fans of the national team to have access to a greater range of products and wider availability. Fanatics will offer a shopping experience across both online and offline channels through the creation of a new global e-commerce platform, DFB Fanshop (fanshop.dfb.de) while also operating DFB retail outlets during home games.

A summary of the most exciting news in soccer marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • SPFLScottish Professional Football League (SPFL) signed a new agreement with marketing agency Infront. The deal comes after SPFL terminated its agreement with MP & Silva after the agency failed to make a series of payments to the league. The new partnership with Infront covers the international media rights for Scotland’s top four domestic soccer leagues, as well as the Irn Bru Cup and Betfred Cup knockout competitions.

 

  • BeIN Sports and MediaPro have come together to cover Italian Serie A rights in Spain. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, but it will see Mediapro showing one Serie A match per week via digital-terrestrial broadcaster Gol, while BeIN Sports broadcasts two live matches from the Italian league per week through its over-the-top service BeIN Connect.

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  • English soccer team Chelsea has entered a long-term partnership with US-based online retailer Fanatics, which will operate the club’s online store to improve the digital shopping experience. In addition, Chelsea will be able to use Fanatics’ network of domestic and international distribution centers. “Chelsea supporters all over the world will benefit from the digital-first focus of the relationship, enjoying a fantastic service across a broad range of club products,” stated Chris Townsend, Chelsea’s commercial director.

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  • Warner Bros.AS Roma has agreed on a collaboration with Warner Bros. for the 2018/19 season. The deal will see the team participating in a number of projects, initiatives, and events. The first collaboration is a promotional video ahead of next month’s release of Venom, starring Tom Hardy. The video includes the participation of Kostas Manolas, Justin Kluivert, Antonio Mirante and captain Daniele De Rossi, and ends with a cameo from club legend Francesco Totti.

 

  • Telefonica has ended its partnerships with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as Spain’s national team. The termination responds to a change in strategy from Telefonica, which recently secured the Spanish broadcast rights for the Uefa Champions League and Europa League, as well as Spanish soccer’s top tier, La Liga.

A summary of the most exciting news in soccer marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/983542117581516800/-qaNBZdk_400x400.jpgEnglish Premier League Manchester City inked a multiyear deal with dating app Tinder. This is the app’s first promotion in the sports market. Tinder is also partnering with Major League Soccer’s New York City Football Club.
  • Jake Reid has been named Sporting Club CEO and President of the Sporting Kansas City. Reid assumes his new role having served as Sporting KC President since January 2016. He joined the organization in 2010 as the Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service before his promotion to Chief Revenue Officer in 2012.
    “It’s as much about representing Kansas City as it is about representing Sporting. We’re still the second smallest market in MLS, but we feel like we’re punching way above our weight class, which is a great representation of our city,” Reid stated.
  • The USL has expanded its broadcast agreement with ESPN for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The deal includes bringing more regular-season games to linear channels and making ESPN+ the league’s streaming subscription service in the US. There will now be six USL regular season games and the 2018 USL Cup aired on linear networks.

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  • NBC SportsNBC Sports’ broadcast of Manchester United’s win over Manchester City in the Manchester Derby, brought together a Total Audience Delivery average of 1.72 million viewers across all platforms. This represents the most-watched Premier League match in US history, according to Nielsen and Adobe Analytics. NBC delivered 1.35 million viewers, with 309,000 on Telemundo, and an Average Minute Audience of 59,800 across NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
  • Italian team Roma agreed on a new back-of-shirt sponsorship deal with Hyundai, according to a report in Roman daily Il Tempo. According to the newspaper, the deal will run for three years, with a US$4.3 million-per-season contract. The club will have to end its two-year official car partnership with Volvo a year early.
  • Kathy Carter
    Kathy Carter

    Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing have announced that SUM president Kathy Carter is departing her role. Carter had been SUM president, which oversees the commercial arm of MLS and other soccer properties, since 2010. Recently Carter lost against runner-up Carlos Cordeiro to become U.S. Soccer president.
    “My time with SUM and MLS has been deeply meaningful – building and expanding the game has been my profession and my passion. I will remain a huge supporter of MLS and US Soccer and will be cheering loudly from the stands for our clubs and players,’ Carter stated.

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