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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.

  • LaLigaLa Liga and gaming developer SportsHero, based in Singapore, signed a second exclusive partnership for the league to reinforce engagement with its Malaysian fans. SportsHero will become the regional partner in the Sports Prediction App category until the end of the 2019/20 season, having already agreed a similar deal in Indonesia.

 

  • Juventus mentioned the possibility of playing Serie A matches abroad in order to grow its marketing outside Europe. This follows a trend of European leagues seeking to expand their reach by taking advantage of additional markets, including America.

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  • Chicago FireThe Chicago Fire Soccer Club has named Kyle Sheldon as its new Senior Vice President of Marketing. The longtime Seattle Sounders FC and D.C. United executive will oversee all Club marketing, advertising, creative services, and brand identity. “Kyle is an important hire for our Club,” stated Chief Operating Officer John Urban. “He’s a well-respected and well-known executive in our industry who has dedicated the majority of his career to help to grow the sport in the United States and Canada.”

 

  • The MLS is expanding its esports presence through an expansion of its current partnership with EA Sports. The soccer league is adding Atlanta United, DC United, and FC Cincinnati to the eMLS competition ahead of the 2019 season. All events will be played exclusively on PlayStation 4.

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  • Univision Deportes is launching “Cerebros del Futbol,” a series that will present “the human side of the coaches, soccer stars and personalities that are shaping the game today.” Hristo Stoichkov will interview each soccer luminary, while Luis Omar Tapia will narrate each installment. The show premieres on Thanksgiving Day at 9p on UDN.

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

  • AudiMajor League Soccer and Audi of America extended their multi-year partnership. With the highest percentage of the millennial audience of any major U.S. sport, the partnership enables Audi to combine its commitment to innovation and technology to engage fans, raise the profile of the game and reach the next generation of young buyers. As part of the agreement, Audi will remain the League’s Official Automotive Partner and the title sponsor of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

 

  • Visa has announced its final results for the FIFA World Cup. The Official Payment Services Partner of FIFA reports that contactless payments accounted for 45% of all Visa purchases in the 11 host cities. Fans from Poland made the most of the contactless purchasing options in-stadium, making 74% of Visa transactions using contactless technology.

 

  • Univision Deportes announced that Univision Deportes Radio is now available nationwide on SiriusXM on channel 467. The lineup will offer “the best in live matches, original content and insightful commentary from a team of renowned sports journalists and analysts and bring more than 350 soccer matches annually to SiriusXM from UEFA Champions League, Europa League and National Team competitions, Liga MX, MLS, CONCACAF, the US Men’s National Team and others.”

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  • Global sports agency MP & Silva has failed to meet payments to multiple rights holders, according to a report from Sports Business. The firm, which is owned by Chinese companies Everbright and Baofeng Group, has apparently defaulted on scheduled payments to England’s Premier League and the European Handball Federation, among others. The agency is also in arbitration with Fifa, over its advisory contract for rights to the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups in Italy.

 

  • Chicago FireMLS team Chicago Fire have announced a multi-year partnership with telecommunications giant AT&T. The deal will see AT&T’s branding integrated through broadcast, digital, video, content and in-stadium exposure, as well as on-site activation at Fire-related events. The company will also present exclusive content and experiences to Fire fans, including a behind-the-scenes series and activations tied to competitive gaming.

 

  • Manchester City has announced their first esports-specific partnership, securing a deal with the gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach. The contract sees Manchester City esports players using Turtle Beach’s line of professional gaming audio equipment, as well as other Turtle Beach gear and accessories.

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  • UEFA Champions LeagueTurner Sports detailed plans for its upcoming coverage of the UEFA Champions League. On TV, Turner will televise 47 UEFA matches on TNT throughout the season. Meanwhile, B/R Live, Turner’s new premium live sports streaming service will offer fans live UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League action, with content branded B/R Football across all platforms.

 

  • Allstate Insurance Company will launch its first-ever Allstate All-America Soccer platform to honor the country’s rising high school soccer stars. In collaboration with MaxPreps, Allstate will identify the nation’s top high school soccer players in their junior year and award the “Allstate All-American” title to an elite group of 125 male and 125 female players. From the total 250 high school players, 40 males and 40 females will then be selected for the unique opportunity to compete in the inaugural Allstate All-America Cup that that will take place in summer 2019 in the city that hosts the Major League Soccer All-Star Game presented by Target.

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

  • HeinekenHeineken extended its Major League Soccer partnership for five more years, to serve as the Official Beer of MLS. Heineken will continue to sponsor Rivalry Week. “Soccer has been a crucial platform for Heineken across the globe with multiple league, team and championship game sponsorships. In the U.S., our partnership with MLS has helped drive the sport’s rapid expansion and growing popularity,” said Felix Palau, Heineken SVP of marketing, in a statement.
  • The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced a partnership with Evanston Soccer Association to bring numerous programs, services and supplemental playing opportunities to ESA and its players. ESA will rebrand its Under-13 through Under-19 boys and girls age groups to Chicago Fire Juniors North Shore.

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  • CHIVASLigaMX soccer team Chivas and German Borussia Dortmund have started a knowledge-sharing partnership. The Bundesliga and Liga MX teams will collaborate on financial, sports and administration strategies, as well as player signings and marketing.
  • The Los Angeles Galaxy announced a multi-year extension of their partnership with Constellation Brands. Modelo Especial will become the exclusive import beer sponsor of both the LA Galaxy and their StubHub Center home, with branding displayed throughout the stadium. Constellation Brands will also be listed as a founding partner of the 27,000-seater stadium.
  • Fifa has sealed a deal with Russian telecoms operator Rostelecom as partner of this year’s Fifa World Cup national team tournament. As part of the deal, Rostelecom will receive a range of rights, including LED board exposure at matches during the tournament and the opportunity to run ticket raffles.

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