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It’s official: St Louis is joining the MLS.  Here you’ll find a weekly summary of the most exciting news in soccer marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop-shop.
St. Louis

On Tuesday, the MLS announced that St Louis had been awarded as the league’s expansion team. With Betz and six other female members of the Taylor family part of the ownership group, St Louis becomes the first female majority-owned club in MLS history and one of few in professional sports.

The club will begin MLS play in 2022, in a brand new stadium located in the Downtown West district of St Louis.

“Our ownership group has come a long way since we first announced our bid last October at Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and it’s an incredible feeling to now be able to say, St Louis is home to the first official majority female-led ownership group in MLS,” said Carolyn Kindle Betz.  “Our MLS team and stadium will only add to St Louis’ renaissance currently underway and will provide us with a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people in their love for the game.”

MLS

MLS expansion club Austin FC adopted VR technology. The technology will drive season ticket sales at their new US$200 million stadium ahead of their inaugural season in 2021. The strategy is part of a new multi-year partnership with US mobile ticketing platform SeatGeek.

David Beckham’s Inter Miami announced Heineken as its first founding partner. The long-term deal will see Heineken serve as the official beer partner of Inter Miami. The deal also secures signage, intellectual property rights, and retail activations.

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Broadcasting

ESPN signed an exclusive agreement with the National Women’s Soccer League locking worldwide rights (excluding U.S.) to the league’s regular-season and playoff matches. ESPN already held the rights to NWSL broadcasts in the US. “This is an important step for NWSL to strengthen the league’s reach through ESPN’s international network,” said NWSL President Amanda Duffy.

LaLiga extended its partnership with beIN Media Group, that will see beIN SPORTS USA and Canada exclusively broadcast LaLiga until 2024. The new agreement comes just days before the start of a 2019-20 season.

US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said the country is planning a bid to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup. Cordeiro’s comments came during a conference call with reporters. During the call he announced Kate Markgraf as the new general manager of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT).

ESPN got the exclusive broadcasting rights in South America for the next three seasons of Premier League. The deal covers Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Branding

Adidas locked a deal with DAZN to advertise across the platform’s live Premier League soccer rights in Canada. This marks the first brand to run adverts DAZN. Also it’s the first time that Adidas has advertised on a streaming provider in North America.

baseball

La Vida Baseball Lock Partnership with the Houston Chronicle. Here you’ll find a weekly summary of the most exciting news in soccer marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop-shop.

Baseball

La Vida Baseball and the Houston Chronicle have locked a content partnership. Through the online platform, the baseball-focused media will provide print and video content for coverage of the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and other features of interest. It is the first-ever content partnership between La Vida Baseball and a major news outlet.

The Los Angeles Dodgers named Postmates as their exclusive On-Demand Delivery and Pickup Partner. The baseball team will incorporate Postmates Live into the concession stands at Dodger Stadium.

NFL

Pizza Hut locked the rights of a virtual football stadium, as part of an arrangement with the NFL. The deal comes ahead of this year’s Madden NFL 20 Championship Series (MCS). As part of the esports series, four major tournaments will compete at the virtual Pizza Hut Stadium.

Allegiant Air has become the official naming rights holder of the Oakland Raiders’ new stadium in Las Vegas. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

NBA

Rakuten extended its jersey patch deal with NBA team Golden State Warriors. Amit Patel, chief executive of Rakuten’s Americas, said that the partnership has been key to raising its brand awareness in the US.

Bud Light has become the NBA 2K League its official beer partner. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Specific partnership activations will be announced soon. “Bud Light was one of the first adopters of esports years ago and this NBA 2K League sponsorship is another pillar of the brand’s overall esports strategy,” said Nick Kelly, head of US sports marketing at Anheuser-Busch.

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Esports

The Kellogg Company is joining the amateur esports market through a new partnership with N3rd Street Gamers. The deal includes the sponsorship of a new Overwatch esports tournament with its Cheez-It Grooves product.

Twitch has become the exclusive digital streaming partner for USA Basketball, through 2020. Games will be available at twitch.tv/NBA, while full on-demand videos will be accessible shortly after the end of each broadcast.

F1

The Mexican Grand Prix will remain on the Formula One calendar beyond 2019. It seemed that the five-year contract was up at the end of this season because of a lack of public funding. Now, a group of businessman will help cover the annual cost of hosting, estimated at US$45 million.

Mark Sanchez joins ESPN for the college football season. Here you’ll find a weekly summary of the most exciting news in multicultural sports marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop-shop.

NFL

Former Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez joins ESPN in a multi-year deal in an analyst role as an analyst. Sanchez will be in the studio each college football Saturday for ABC. The former player will also contribute to other ESPN shows, including College Football Live and Get Up! during the season.

NFLTony Gonzalez is joining the FOX NFL Thursday pregame show for the upcoming season. Debuting on Sept. 26, the collaboration will start with the revamped TNF pregame show. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw, and Howie Long will be joining Gonzalez.

NBA

NBA team the Golden State Warriors signed a ten-year, omnichannel retail partnership with Fanatics. The global sports merchandiser company will become the exclusive online and on-site operator of all ‘Warriors Shop’ outlets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. This includes the Warriors’ flagship store based at the recently developed Thrive City shopping complex, located near the Chase Center.

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Wrestling

IMPACT Wrestling renewed and expanded its partnership with Twitch. This includes the weekly premiere of the flagship two-hour show IMPACT! and more exclusive content. In exchange, IMPACT Wrestling will facilitate co-streaming of the weekly flagship show and will be announcing details of a contest featuring co-streamers in the near future.

Portada NY Sept. 12 top-notch program includes one-on-one meetings with major brand marketers engaging consumers through sports content who represent companies like Anheuser-Busch, SAP, MasterCard, Kia, Wells Fargo and many more. The event will take place at the Westin New York at Times Square. Get tickets here (early bird expires on July 31!).

Join us for the 13th annual edition of Portada New York where marketing innovators will delve deep into sports marketing  and new consumer insights in Multicultural America.

 

On the agenda on September 12

Senior brand executives and thought leaders will explore topics including the below:

  • KEYNOTE INTERVIEW with Nick Kelly, Head of U.S. Sports Marketing, Anheuser-Busch
  • CREATING BRANDED CONTENT TO CHANGE BRAND PERCEPTION
  • THE EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING CONUNDRUM: How to measure ROI and transfer best practices between marketing platforms.
  • 5G: How increased connectivity will change media and content strategies…
  • PASSION POINT FOOD: Food is a key cultural factor to bring Hispanic families together.
    and much more….

Choose Your One-on-One Meetings with Brands Engaging Consumers Through Sports

Meeting opportunities with Brand Marketers engaging consumers through sports.

In addition, Portada NY offers senior executives from tech, media and marketing firms will have the opportunity to meet brands engaging consumers through sports. marketers in one-on-one meetings.

 

THE LIST OF BRAND MARKETERS AVAILABLE FOR ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS INCLUDES:

Director, Consumer Marketing Sponsorships, ALLSTATE INSURANCE

VP, Field Marketing Sponsorships & Events, CONSTELLATION BRANDS

VP, Head of Sponsorships North America, MASTERCARD

Group Brand Director Tequila, PROXIMO SPIRITS

VP, Marketing, NORTHGATE MARKETS

Head of US Sports Marketing, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV

Senior Manager, Advertising & Marketing, Multicultural, KIA MOTORS AMERICA

Multicultural Marketing Manager, NESTLE USA

VP, Global Sponsorships, SAP

Senior Brand and Latino Marketing Manager, INTUIT

National Media Manager, JCPENNEY

VP, Hispanic Segment Strategy Leader, WELLS FARGO

Program Leader, Hispanic Marketing & Advertising, DOMINO’S

National Director, Multicultural & Growth Markets, REALOGY

Director, Mexican Imports, ANHEUSER-BUSCH

US Managing Director, CH CAROLINA HERRERA

Digital Marketing Manager – SEM & SEO, SPRINT

Head of Marketing, EL SUPER

Assistant VP, Brand Marketing & Advertising, OPPENHEIMERFUNDS

Senior Brand Manager, DEWARS SCOTCH WHISKY BACARDI

Sr. Director of Global Marketing, PAULA’S CHOICE SKINCARE LLC

Brand Director, HEINEKEN

EVP I CMO, CURACAO

VP, Sponsorships, WELLS FARGO

Manager, CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT

Associate Marketing Manager Multicultural, ALLSTATE INSURANCE

Category Marketing Manager, GRACEKENNEDY LTD

…and many more to be added!

 

CLICK HERE TO GET EARLY-BIRD TICKETS including three-eight minute meetings  with brand marketers engaging consumers through sports. (A form to select your meeting partners will be sent to you after registration, US $599 EXPIRING THIS 07/31)

 

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

  • Mexico’s channel TV Azteca and esports entertainment company Allied Esports are planning to create a 24-hour digital channel dedicated to esports and gaming. They are planning to build a competition arena and content studios. This major, new investment in the Mexican esports market is part of a larger deal. Black Ridge Acquisition Corp will acquire Allied Esports and TV Azteca will become a shareholder. “Continuing to expand our footprint around the world with like-minded leaders and innovators is imperative to our success. We are delighted to partner with TV Azteca as we enter Latin America with a smart, aggressive plan,” Frank Ng, co-CEO of Ourgame, stated.

 

  • UFCThe UFC is opening of a new production facility in Las Vegas, designed to host multiple sports, music, and esports events, as well as original UFC Fight Pass productions. The UFC Apex facility will open its doors on June 18th. It will host the premiere of ESPN’s third installment of Dana White’s Contender Series. “UFC Apex is going to be a massive game changer for combat sports and for UFC,” said Dana White, UFC’s president. “This facility gives us the flexibility to try new things and push the envelope on producing and distributing combat sports all over the world.

 

  • Master Card is planning several promotions around the MLB two-game set between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at The London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Park on June 29-30. The finances company is offering 30-minute advance access to the London Series Superstore and also early admission to the Hall of Fame suite. In addition, ahead of the second game, fans can take batting practice on the field.

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  • YouTube and the MLB presented the first three matchups for their newest live game streaming distribution partnership: The MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube. The opening lineup includes Dodgers/Phillies on July 18, Indians/Blue Jays on July 23 and Tigers/Angels on July 29.

 

  • Minor League BaseballMinor League Baseball is launching a new content series together with TeamWorks Media, to expand the scope and reach of MiLB’s Copa de la Diversion program. MiLB and La Vida Baseball are producing two weekly dedicated shows of La Vida Baseball Live, the daily four-hour show produced and formatted for every major social media platform to tell the story of the teams involved.

 

  • Mexico’s Lucha Libre AAA wrestlers will be “Invading LA” at The Forum in Los Angeles on October 13 starting at 6p. “By adding the October 13th date, we can reach even more fans in the United States. We are excited to be bringing our world-renowned luchadores to the world-famous Forum in Los Angeles,” stated Dorian Roldán, Managing Director of Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. “The theme for these events is Invading the U.S.A and our luchadores are ready to invade New York and LA.”

What: Brands are connecting with a broader range of women’s sports on a greater level than ever.
Why it matters: With the US Women’s National Team competing in Women’s World Cup in France, WNBA, WTA, and AVP in full swing, opportunities for marketing through women’s sports are at peak time.

We have long seen and heard the talk: women’s sports, or better yet, sports where the competitors are female, are growing. Women control a growing influential segment of the brand decision making. Girls who play and follow sports are more likely to do better in school, have higher self-esteem and on and on and on. Tremendous, powerful messaging and storytelling.

Yet, support on the spending side, be it in areas like prize money and salary or on the broadcast side, where many reports say only four percent of live sporting events are of women’s sports in the U.S., or most importantly on the brand side. The number of dollars committed to women’s sports is dwarfed by what is spent on traditional sports.

Maybe it’s not one the size of say the Golden Gate Bridge, but it is a driveway which is signaling a shift in the minds of decision-makers with regard to the value of women’s sports.

…[T]he brands shifts towards women’s soccer has already made this year’s gathering in France one for the sports spending ages. It’s a hugely positive step for anyone looking to safely and dramatically up the ante for women’s sports.

Women’s World Cup: A Bold Step

Some evidence includes CBS, which has added the WNBA (@WNBA) to its portfolio for the first time. Platforms like Bleacher Report are now both creating more content and dedicating advertising dollars against women’s sports in ways that they had not before.

Then you have the growing climate of elite, must follow and must engage with events both ongoing and upcoming. The focus will be on elite women and girls, and the stories and brand power tied to them. It begins with the shift and engagement around the Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC).

The brand shifts towards women’s soccer have already made this year’s gathering in France one for the sports spending ages. It’s a huge, positive step for anyone looking to safely and dramatically up the ante for women’s sports.

SUM Takes Action

At the cusp of all that activity is Soccer United Marketing, which has delivered on new partners for US Soccer tied to the national team. The resonance around those brands, which includes what some may say is a nontraditional partner like Anheuser-Busch (@AnheuserBusch) for one, along with a much more robust engagement from companies ranging from Johnson & Johnson to AT&T (@ATT) and Volkswagen (@VW). The spends and the engagements are also not “add on’s,” as may have happened in the past. They are direct strategic campaigns built to target not just women, but men and boys as well. This should resonate well after a WWC Champion is crowned in July.

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Women's Sports“This is a moment in time in sports business which I think we will point back to and say that the way brands have targeted women’s sports as standalone engagement vehicles for a wide audience became mainstream,” said Jen Cramer, MLS SVP of Partnership Marketing. “The political and social climate has shifted. It is opening the door and showing that sports played by amazing athletes who happen to be women are now not just acceptable to watch and engage with, but are required.”

Who’s Playing?

Some of the key examples in that expanded shift include first time or recent partners to U.S. Soccer like Visa (@Visa). The banking company’s portfolio of players includes Megan Rapinoe, Abby Dahlkemper, Rose Lavelle, Jessica McDonald, Adriana Franch, Becky Sauerbrunn and Mal Pugh. They all participate in a national campaign based around thematic of “women everywhere chasing their goals.”

Then there is Volkswagen of America. The company launched a partnership in January 2019 with the “One Goal” thematic. The campaign centered around addressing the shortage of female coaches (and opportunities) across both the men’s and women’s games. The summer campaign launched around the World Cup is based on the thematic of “Big. Bigger” and doing right by others and the environment.

Add in companies like Johnson & Johnson (@JNJCares), whose “Because She Can” campaign is a multi-brand initiative that centers around women’s empowerment, showcased through their partnership with U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Foundation. The campaign highlights how participation in sports significantly increases a young woman’s chance of achieving success in her career and becoming a leader in her community.

More to Come

Also, there is Coca-Cola (@CocaCola). Its U.S. Women’s National Team led platform across the Coca-Cola Summer Campaign included an expanded player portfolio with Alex Morgan, Kelley O’Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, and Crystal Dunn. The campaign features across all major Coca-Cola Company brands leveraging Women’s National Team.

Another growing voice in the space (no pun intended) is AT&T. The company wanted to connect the passionate, young, diverse fans of U.S. Women’s Soccer with the thrilling moments on the field. They adopted a #NoGoalsNoGlory theme to tell the USWNT stories of dedication, success, and women empowerment across all their social and digital channels.

Women's Sports
Nicolette Martin, Credit: Robert Beck/AVP

“This support of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) is part of our ongoing commitment to standing for equality, which is a company value and something we have a long history of doing at AT&T, going back to 1972 when AT&T started the first women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) in the nation,” added Shiz Suzuki, AVP, Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing AT&T. “There’s a lot more that we and others can do to raise the visibility of women in sports. It is not limited to events like this that come around every so often.”

The Beginning

Will this continue on beyond World Cup? Will it grow into a more engaged WNBA series of activations and then on into the winter at the NCAA level and through to Tokyo next summer? It could include a brand like the AVP? Many of the signs and the voices of brand decision-makers seem to think so.

“Today, women are drastically underrepresented in media,” Suzuki continued. “When women appear, it’s largely in a stereotypical, inaccurate way. As co-chair of the Association of National Advertiser’s SeeHer movement, our Chief Brand Officer Fiona Carter has initiated a discussion with leagues, broadcasters, key influencers and of course fellow advertisers to see what can be done to improve coverage and distribution of women’s sports. It’s called SeeHerInSports, and there’s much more to come on that.”

Women's Sports“At the end of the day, we need to keep moving forward. We need to make sure the next generation of fans and consumers continue to see value in the stories and personalities of all athletes regardless of gender,” Cramer added. “The best way to ensure that is by continuing to move the needle. We do this with brands who are seeing ROI from the spend they are doing with women’s soccer. That will translate to other sports and become a self-fulfilling prophecy that is very exciting. It will make things so much better for that next generation. It’s steady growth, and the time is right to keep growing the pie.”

In it to Win it

Growing the pie, vs. reallocating the existing slices is going to be key as well. New dollars infused by brands and media companies across the board for women’s sports will be key to expanded opportunities and engagement. With that expansion comes a larger audience. The system expands as one, not as a segment.

Now is there trepidation that winning will only feed the success of the effort for women’s sports? Perhaps. But from a business perspective, many of the initial ‘wins,” engagement, campaigns, and audience are already in place. Is there still an area for growth and acceptance? Yes. But dollars and brands speak loudly, and this summer, they seem to be shouting.

Enjoy the ride across the bridge, it’s safe to cross over.

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What: Nick Kelly, Head of US Sports Marketing at Anheuser-Busch InBev is the most recent addition to Portada’s Sports Marketing Board. He will take the Portada NY stage on September 12 to discuss sports marketing’s imminent issues.
Why it matters: Sports marketing has grown to a great extent in the last years. Nick Kelly is one of the brilliant speakers that will share their expertise with Portada NY attendees at the Westin Times Square.

 

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly first arrived at Anheuser-Busch in 2014. Back then he filled the role of Director of Experiential Marketing, Sports. As such, he learned a great deal about effective ways to use sports properties. The task wasn’t easy: he had to drive the growth of sports fans’ loyalty and love for A-B’s brands.

However, Kelly was no amateur. By the time he began at A-B, he already had 2 and a half years of experience at NASCAR under his belt. As Marketing and Communications Lead, he developed a strategy that helped increase family ticket-sales by 300%. Moreover, he played a key role in the negotiations that secured important partnership closings and renewals.

Therefore, he was ready to deal with whatever challenges A-B had for him in 2015. The company renegotiated 70 of its 88 domestic team sponsorships within his first 18 months on the job, and renewed deals with the NBA and NFL.

New Perspectives

A bit later, in 2017, Nick Kelly was bringing a whole new perspective to experiential marketing. A-B’s way of engaging with consumers was completely evolving. About that, he told Portada: “A-B has drastically shifted its model for how to activate sports. We’ve taken a hard pivot from being present to actually having a meaning.”

Kelly had a chance to really prove that in 2018. By then, A-B had promoted him to Head of U.S. Sports Marketing. Budweiser was the FIFA World Cup’s official beer, which meant the best possible opportunity to raise awareness of the brand across the world. Thus, A-B put together a big global campaign to make sure everyone had “a bud” on one hand while watching the tournament.

We’ve taken a hard pivot from being present to actually having a meaning.

Learn From Nick Kelly Live

Portada is thrilled to welcome Nick Kelly to the Sports Marketing Board. This unit of Portada’s Council System will hold its next in-person meeting at Portada New York, at the Hotel Westin Times Square. In addition, Kelly will be a keynote speaker on September 12, together with sports marketing experts Felix Palau (Proximo Spirits) and Eugene Santos (Kia Motors America). Attendees will have a chance to listen first-hand to all the brilliant speakers of the list. Also, there’ll be plenty of networking opportunities.

 

 

 

What: The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association of Football (Concacaf) announced that supplier of branded lubricants and automotive services Valvoline will be a key sponsor of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. We talked to Tim Ferrell, Valvoline Vice President, Brand Equity & Consumer Marketing, about why the brand decided to sponsor this specific soccer tournament.
Why it matters: This year’s Concacaf Gold Cup has grown significantly since the last edition, in 2017. This time we’ll see with more nations, more host countries, and more stadiums.


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The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association of Football (Concacaf) is changing the rules for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. With more participating nations (16 up from 12 in 2017), more host countries (three, including first-ever matches in Costa Rica and Jamaica), and more stadiums (17 up from 14 in 2017, eight of which are in contention to become a 2026 FIFA World Cup venue), the Gold Cup is aiming higher than ever.

More than 20 brands from across categories have signed on to be part of the international competition, which will feature the U.S. and Mexican men’s national teams and will be broadcast in Spanish exclusively on Univision Deportes. Valvoline, an American branded lubricants and automotive services supplier, is one of the brands that have signed a partnership to sponsor this edition of the confederation’s championship.

Within the U.S., 15 venues will host matches across 13 cities including Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York. The knockout rounds will be played in Houston, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, and the final will take place at the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago on July 7.

“We wanted to be a part of it”, Tim Ferrell, Valvoline Vice President, Brand Equity & Consumer Marketing, told Portada during an exclusive interview. 

Portada: Why was Concacaf the right fit for the sponsorship?
Tim Ferrell: “Soccer is the most watched sport in the world. The Gold Cup has more than 44 million viewers in the U.S. across the tournament and more than 75 million worldwide.  This is a very passionate fan base and there’s a crossover between this audience and the Valvoline consumer.  So we wanted to be a part of it – the excitement, the energy and have the opportunity to share our message with fans.”

The Gold Cup has more than 44 million viewers in the U.S. across the tournament.

Portada: Who is the key market you are looking to reach through the Concacaf Gold Cup?
TM: We want to reach both the general market and Hispanic consumers who are automotive DIYers.

Portada: How relevant is the Hispanic and multicultural market to Valvoline?
TM: “The Hispanic consumer is and always has been very important to Valvoline. We have a long history together embracing the DIY lifestyle”

ValvolinePortada: What actions will the sponsorship include?
TM: “We’re going to be a part of it all— stadium signage and announcements, digital display advertising, social media, on-site activation. We’re also amplifying our presence with broadcast television on national broadcasters Univision Deportes and Fox Sports.”

We’re going to be a part of it all.

Portada: Why did you specifically decide to present your sponsorship through the “High Mileage Stats of the Game” digital platform?
TM: “Valvoline created the first High Mileage motor oil. We created the category. We want consumers to know that. This was a fun way to make that message part of the matches themselves. Those guys cover a lot of ground. The vehicles with engines protected by Valvoline High Mileage oil do as well.

This was a fun way to make that message part of the matches themselves.

Portada: How will you measure the success of this partnership?
TM: “We look at a lot of things: how many DIYers we can reach, the fit between our brand and soccer fans, how well our presence is received by fans, increase in consideration and lift in sales.

Portada: In more general terms, how do you see soccer’s growth in the U.S.? Do you believe the sport will keep attracting more brands and sponsorships in the coming year? Why?
TM: The popularity of and interest in soccer is certainly on the rise in the U.S. We assume results in the continuing interest in brands considering a presence in soccer. For us, it’s more about finding the right fit with the right consumer. Many passionate soccer fans are also passionate DIYers.

 

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

  • Visa and Canada’s TSN, host to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, locked a partnership through which the network will produce custom content airing throughout the tournament, as well as digital and social media executions featuring Canadian Women’s National Team captain and Team Visa athlete Christine Sinclair.

 

  • Bill FoleyBill Foley, owner of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Vegas Golden Knights, confirmed interest in leading a bid to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise to Las Vegas, to play at a renovated Cashman Field, home of the United Soccer League’s (USL) Las Vegas Lights. “I’m very interested in this and we are working on making it happen,” Foley told the Review-Journal. “I think soccer is the new football for many parents who don’t want their children playing [tackle football]. I think we could be just as successful with soccer as we have been with hockey. We have all the infrastructure in place to make it very successful.

 

  • FOX Sports broadcast all 52 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France matches in 4k. This is the first time 4K content to be offered in the FOX Sports App.

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  • Following the 2019 Women’s World Cup Fifa, Fifa confirmed its means to negotiate increased prize money for women’s national soccer teams. The news comes after the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) called on Fifa to offer the same amount of prize money for teams at the Women’s World Cup as it does in the men’s tournament.

 

  • Orlando City SCMLS team Orlando City has signed a deal with timeshare and holiday rental company Exploria Resorts, to become the franchise’s first naming rights partner for their home stadium. The 25,500-seat seat arena, also home to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side the Orlando Pride, will now be called the Exploria Stadium and sees the company secure signage, banners, kiosks, and booths throughout the venue. Financial details of the partnership have not been disclosed.

 

  • FOX Sports’ FIFA Women’s World Cup Now will live stream on Twitter, co-hosted by Karina LeBlanc and Aaron West. The company said each match will have its own dedicated page, featuring multiple timelines for top commentary and the latest tweets, as well as live video from publishers covering every, shot, save, and goal.

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  • Women’s soccer fandom is mainly driven by Hispanics, with more than half (58%) describing themselves as fans of women’s soccer compared to 39% of non-Hispanics, shows a new “La Ola de la FIFA” study commissioned by NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises in a partnership with Horowitz Research. NBCUniversalstates that. 24% of Hispanics consider themselves as die-hard fans compared to just 6% of non-Hispanics. 51%of Hispanics and 35% of non-Hispanics (and 35%, feel that in the next five years, the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be equally as popular as the Men’s FIFA World Cup.

 

  • Grey Argentina partnered with Telemundo on a campaign centered around the slogan: “If they fought so hard to get here, watch what they’ll do to win the Cup,” in the context of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. “We are extremely proud of the work we did for the joint campaign we developed with Grey.  It has allowed us not only to promote the FIFA Women’s World Cup but also to show our audience the reality behind many of the players we see excel on the field,” stated Karen Barroeta, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Creativity at Telemundo Networks

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

  • English soccer team Liverpool has extended its partnership with Carlsberg for five more years. With the extension, Carlsberg will remain the official beer of Liverpool until the end of the 2023/24 season. “Since 1992 we have enjoyed a long and loyal relationship with Carlsberg and this extension is a real testament to the strong and historic link between the club and the iconic brand,” stated Billy Hogan, managing director, and chief commercial officer at Liverpool.

 

  • FC Bayern EnglishAlso, the Bayern Munich has extended its beer partnership through to 2026, but with long-standing partner Paulaner Brewery. The brewery company also hosts fan events and competitions as part of its deal with the club.

 

  • EA Sports renewed its partnership deal with LaLiga through the 2023/24 season. The collaboration includes a full broadcast package and bringing the authenticity of LaLiga to life in stadiums, banners, players and more.

 

  • FIFA will not expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 nations, according to the AP. The organization will stick with 32 countries for Qatar, due to political and logistical issues within the region. Subsequently, the World Cup will expand until 2026, with FIFA already having approved a format with 48 teams for that tournament in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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  • St. David’s HealthCare has locked a sponsorship deal with the Austin FC to adorn the team’s training facility and practice jerseys. “We had to be educated,” David Huffstutler, president, and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare, told the American-Statesman. “I’m not personally terribly knowledgeable about Major League Soccer, and we weren’t as an organization but we were intrigued. We saw the momentum building over time in the community.” This represents the first major sponsorship for the MLS franchise.

 

  • GOL Linhas AéreasGol Airlines has become the official partner for the South American Copa America. The Brazilian airline will provide more than 50 chartered flights for the various national teams during the Brazil-based tournament. “Being part of this event shows that we are once again next to the fans, the teams, and reflects our commitment to support the growth and development of Brazilian sport,” stated Eduardo Bernardes, vice president of commercial and marketing at Gol.

 

  • DAZN has secured broadcast rights for the next four seasons of Major League Soccer (MLS) in six international markets. As part of the agreement, the over-the-top (OTT) streaming platform will screen every MLS games exclusively in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and also on the recently launched Spanish platform.

 

  • ESPN+ reached an agreement to be the exclusive English-language home in the United States for the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa America. The 46th CONMEBOL Copa America will be played June 14 – July 7 with all 26 matches streamed live on ESPN+.

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  • Aurora Cannabis and UFC locked in an exclusive, multi-year, multi-million dollar, global partnership, designed to advance further clinical research on the relationship between 100% hemp derived Cannabidiol (CBD) products and athlete wellness and recovery. The research will be conducted at the UFC’s Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

  • State FarmState Farm and League of Legends are extending their partnership through 2021. The deal includes North America’s League of Legends Championship Series; League’s three global events: League of Legends World Championship, Mid-Season Invitational, and All-Star Event; and the League of Legends College Championship presented by State Farm. Financial details for the agreement have not been made public.

 

  • A new partnership makes the Chinese social media platform Weibo serve as the “Official Social Media platform” of UFC throughout the country in a new strategic alliance. The platform will have access to UFC live event content including athlete and executive interviews, fight highlights, fight night results, athlete metrics, fight announcements, and content highlights from the soon-to-open UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai. According to a Washington Post poll, 38% of mixed martial arts fans are African-American, and 31% are Hispanics.

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A|X Armani Exchange will become the first fashion brand to enter esports, locking in a sponsor with the Italian team Mkers for the 2019-20 season. The team will serve as the global ambassador for the brand and wear a new official uniform at tournaments. “We are proud to be the first e-sports team chosen by a prestigious brand like Armani Exchange,” said Mkers CEO Paolo Cisario in the announcement. Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to buy and wear video game branded apparel, according to a 2014 Think Now Research study

FanDuelFuboTV and FanDuel announced a partnership that will make FanDuel Group the exclusive sportsbook, online casino, horse racing and DFS partner of the live TV streaming service. This is the first deal of its kind between a sports gaming company and a third-party OTT service, it also includes a media buy that will make FanDuel the exclusive advertiser on FuboTV in those categories.

Univision Deportes Network has ranked as the top Spanish-language sports channel among adults 18 to 49 in primetime, with the highest concentration of those viewers among 10 dedicated sports networks, irrespective of language. UDN was also the youngest network among this group, with a median age viewer of 43.

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  • UEFASoccer governing body Uefa has launched ‘Time for Action’, a dedicated women’s soccer strategic framework that aims to double the number of female players by 2024 to 2.5 million. The strategy will include investing in programs from grassroots to a professional level and an overarching aim to change the perception of women’s soccer on the European continent. Uefa hopes to double the reach and value of the Women’s Champions League and Women’s European Championship.

 

  • BeIN Sports has locked exclusive rights to this year’s Copa América in Brazil, in 27 international markets. The deal includes South America’s international soccer tournament broadcast in Australia and New Zealand, in addition to contracts in France and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which were agreed earlier in the year.

 

  • Real Madrid has been named the most valuable soccer brand in the world, according to Brand Finance’s annual report. Real Madrid’s brand value increased by 26.9 percent from 2018 to 2019 and is now worth more than US$1.79 billion.

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  • ESPN is “stacking up global soccer” for ESPN+, its over-the-top (OTT) platform, according to executive VP of programming and scheduling, Burke Magnus. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has more than 2 million subscribers and is looking to quickly grow its portfolio of global soccer rights in the US.

 

  • PorschePorsche has become Los Angeles FC’s official premium luxury automobile partner on a multi-year deal. As part of the agreement, Porsche has acquired the naming rights to the directors’ box at LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium. “We’re delighted to welcome Porsche to the Black & Gold family. Porsche is an innovative and forward-thinking automotive brand and we look forward to working together,” stated Tom Penn, LAFC president, and co-owner.

 

  • Real Madrid is extending its sponsorship deal with betting company Codere until the end of the 2020/21 season. The Spanish gambling firm has been the club’s official betting partner since 2016.

 

  • The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is bringing its kit supply contract for the country’s national teams with Adidas to an end. The contract between the pair currently runs until 2026 but the RFEF has decided to revoke its agreement with Adidas seven years early. In a statement on the body’s website, the RFEF said: ‘The conditions that were agreed upon when it was signed years ago do not meet the criteria of legality, transparency, and fairness that the RFEF considers minimally acceptable.’

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  • NikeAccording to RepTrak, Nike has been named the brand with the best reputation in Mexico. Next in the ranking came Nintendo, Netflix, Google and Microsoft

 

  • BeIN Sports has locked exclusive rights to this year’s Copa América in Brazil, in 27 international markets. The deal includes South America’s international soccer tournament broadcast in Australia and New Zealand, in addition to contracts in France and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which were agreed earlier in the year.

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  • The NBA has been named the most popular sports league in China, according to Ampere Analysis. On second and third place came the English Premier The GEICO GeckoLeague and Uefa Champions League respectively.

 

  • GEICO has locked a partnership with the Professional Fighters League to become the “Official Insurance Partner of the PFL. “PFL partners with leaders and we are proud to align with another premium brand in GEICO as we continue to grow in just our second season,” said Peter Murray, CEO of the PFL.

 

  • The NFL is planning to host a regular season game in São Paulo, Brazil according to UOL. The game would be played in the Arena Corinthians, home to the top flight soccer side Corinthians.

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  • La Liga has announced that its club revenues increased 20.6% during the 2017/18 season to reach a record US$5 billion. This represents the Spanish league’s best financial results in its history. La Liga’s gross operating profit reached US$1.1 billion while operating profit was US$364 million. La Liga attributed the double-digit revenue increase to a significant uptick in sponsorship revenue and revenue from player transfers.

 

  • adidasAdidas has extended its sponsorship with Real Madrid, to continue as the club’s official kit supplier until the end of the 2027/28 season. Financial details of the extension were not disclosed, but it has been previously reported Adidas would pay a guaranteed US$1.2 billion over the duration of the deal, making it the most lucrative kit deal in soccer history.

 

  • Telemundo Deportes released its complete game broadcast schedule for the Women’s World Cup, which includes all 52 matches airing live, including 21 matches on Telemundo. The broadcaster will be doubling the 2015 coverage, marking the most-ever Women’s World Cup matches on Spanish-language television.

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  • The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), has sealed a multi-year extension with its official ticketing partner Ticketmaster. As part of the extension, Ticketmaster will roll out its new identity-based ticketing platform, Presence, which is set to be installed in more than 500 venues by the end of 2019.

 

  • Copa America has signed a content deal with Facebook to produce behind-the-scenes content for all 12 teams this summer. The partnership will allow official tournament profiles on both Facebook and Instagram to produce content from training centers, hotels, and team transportation. “This agreement will enable the production of unique content that will bring all football fans behind the scenes of the world’s oldest national team tournament and some of the top stars in today’s football,” said Thiago Jannuzzi, competition general manager at Copa America.

 

  • LaLigaLa Liga is still exploring the possibility of having a game in the US, as part of its plans to grow internationally, said Keegan Pierce, the league’s UK and Ireland delegate. The Spanish soccer body signed an extensive 15-year deal with US entertainment company Relevent Sports back in August 2018 to roll out a number of initiatives in North America, including the potential to stage a regular season match in the region.

 

  • Univision Deportes has established a new broadcasting record during the broadcast of Champions League’s 4 semifinal games. 705,000 people tuned in to watch the games; this is the largest audience for a Champions semifinal game to date. This is the first time since 2013, that a Spanish broadcast of the semifinals exceeds the English ones.

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  • FOX Sports reports that Sunday’s US Women’s National Team friendly game against South Africa saw a 12% uptick over last year’s comparable match, generating 705,000 viewers. On the company’s digital platforms, the average minute audience was up 40%.

 

  • https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/686974751508697090/IlX_mDKP_400x400.jpgUS Club Soccer inked a partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods to serve as the org’s Official Sporting Goods Partner. “We are thrilled to enter into this strategic partnership with US Club Soccer,” adds Mark Rooks, Vice President of Relationship Management & Community Marketing of DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We stand with US Club Soccer’s commitment to developing young athletes both on and off the field.”

 

  • MLS will become the first pro sports league to feature a dedicated channel as part of Pluto TV’s offering of linear, curated channels, courtesy of a new agreement with the channel set to showcase soccer content, classic matches and more. “Major League Soccer’s agreement with Pluto TV offers fans a new way to experience the game and interact with our high-quality content,” said MLS Senior VP of Media, Chris Schlosser.

 

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  • NFLThe NFL started an initiative, as part of the NFL Academy in the UK, designed to use American football to create “life-changing educational and professional opportunities for young people.” The NFL Academy will begin operations in September 2019 and offer student athletes aged 16-18 the opportunity to combine education with life skills and intensive training in the sport under full-time professional coaches. The initiative will be supported by Nike and based at Barnet and Southgate College, in North London.

 

  • According to the NBA’s data, the League Pass has recorded a 400% consumer growth driven by the popularity of the league’s overseas players, including a 400 per cent spike in subscriptions to the over-the-top (OTT) service in Serbia. Denver Nuggets’ Serbian center Nikola Jokić has been instrumental to that huge increase in subscribers in his native country throughout the 2018/19 season.

 

  • Disney is considering the option to acquire streaming rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket, as part of plans to boost ESPN’s professional football portfolio. AT&T currently holds the streaming rights until 2022, though a clause in the contract indicates that the league does have an option to opt out of its exclusive agreement at the end of the 2019 regular season. Amazon is also thinking about entering the bidding.

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  • MLB presented its promotional plans for the London Series 2019, looking to highlight the growth of baseball & softball in the UK as the Red Sox face the Yankees on June 29 and 30. Activities include a baseball cultural festival, known as “London Yards,” that will include music, baseball virtual reality activations, Boston & New York cuisine, and, a live screening of the game.

 

  • Copa AméricaCopa America has signed a content deal with Facebook to produce behind-the-scenes content for all 12 teams this summer. The partnership will allow official tournament profiles on both Facebook and Instagram to produce content from training centers, hotels and team transportation. “This agreement will enable the production of unique content that will bring all football fans behind the scenes of the world’s oldest national team tournament and some of the top stars in today’s football,” said Thiago Jannuzzi, competition general manager at Copa America.

 

  • More than 500,000 viewers switched on Univision to watch Combate Americas’ “Cricket Wireless Presents Combate Americas: Reinas” event, the first all-women’s Mixed Martial Arts fight lineup, which was broadcast live on network television on April 26. Viewership among adults 18-49 shot up by a margin of 28% from the previous Combate Americas event.

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  • Spanish Atlético de Madrid will face the best in MLS in the 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, played at Orlando City Stadium on July 31and televised domestically on FS1 and UniMás in the U.S., on TSN and TVA Sports in Canada, and in more than 170 countries around the world. “The atmosphere in Orlando will be intense and memorable when Atlético de Madrid takes on the MLS All-Stars,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.  “Atlético de Madrid joins the list of the many prominent clubs in global soccer to play in our midseason showcase, and we know the passionate supporters that make up The Wall and the rest of Orlando City Stadium will provide a distinctive home-field advantage for the MLS All-Stars.”

 

  • VisaVisa presented its global marketing campaign for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The campaign is titled “One Moment Can Change the Game” and designed to amplify “the meaningful moments women are creating on and off the pitch, whether it be inspiring athletic greatness on the field, influencing business outcomes in the boardroom or driving economic impact at home and across industries.”

 

  • England’s women’s national soccer team locked deals in the past few months with sports drink giant Lucozade, beer brand Budweiser and health and beauty retailer Boots UK, and Lewis. England’s Lionesses got more interest from publishers and brands for this summer’s Fifa Women’s World Cup than the men’s team received for the male equivalent in Russia, according to Georgina Lewis, head of marketing at the Football Association (FA).

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  • HBO got hold of the exclusive US television and streaming rights to the feature-length film Diego Maradona. Drawing on more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from the Argentine icon’s personal archives, the documentary debuts Sept. 24 at 8p. Asif Kapadia will be executive producer and director.

 

  • Univision DeportesUnivision Deportes announced a rebrand, evolving its multi-platform sports brand and cable network into ‘TUDN’. Under the TUDN brand, “Univision will continue to deliver more live soccer than any other U.S. media company while offering a richer and more engaging experience through new world-class programming, all-star talent and enhanced production capabilities,” according to the announcement, debuting this summer and debuting in Mexico simultaneously as part of a collaboration between the sports divisions of Univision and Grupo Televisa.

 

  • beIN SPORTS USA and HC2 Network announced a partnership with Azteca America, to represent media sales under one unified force in the United States. This marks a television network milestone as Azteca America leads media sales for beIN’s English and Spanish-language TV channels to cover advertisers and clients under one umbrella on an exclusive basis – including beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, and beIN SPORTS CONNECT, the live streaming platform.

 

  • Allstate has recognized 100 of the top high school soccer players in the country for their on-field achievements, naming them as 2019 Allstate All-Americans. These players will join the 150 standout teens previously named to the list after the fall soccer season. These final 100 players will complete the full list of 250 players representative of every state in the country.

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  • Ramón Loarte, Sevilla’s chief marketing officer explained the Spanish league was late to recognize the value of marketing to an international audience but is now focusing on growing its audience around the world. “Honestly, I think we all have been very lazy understanding that the Spanish league is worldwide,” Loarte said Tuesday, comparing La Liga with England’s Premier League.

 

  • AXAEnglish soccer team Liverpool and AXA have extended their partnership, which makes AXA the team’s official training kit partner from the 2019/20 season. The Premier League club initially struck a four-year deal with AXA in 2018 which saw the insurance firm become a global partner, with the expanded contract covering three years until the end of the 2021/22 season, according to the Liverpool Echo.

 

  • Patrick Lowe has become La Liga’s new North American head of sales. Lowe will lead on all commercial efforts in the US and Canada across a variety of properties, including digital and social content, experiential and events, and sporting development projects. Before this announcement, Lowe worked at La Liga’s headquarters in Madrid as the global partnerships sales manager.

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  • YouTubeYouTube and Major League Baseball have locked their first-ever exclusive live game distribution partnership that will see MLB games stream on YouTube and YouTubeTV during the second half of the 2019 MLB Regular Season. The deal includes exclusive distribution rights in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, running on MLB’s official YouTube channel and via a forthcoming channel on YouTube TV.

 

  • According to Bloomberg, the Professional Fighters League raised $30 million from a group of investors. Series C funding will look to enhance its data and analytics as it expands its global audience and secures more fighters. The PFL opens its season May 9.

 

  • FOX Sports will serve as the new exclusive television home of the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game Presented by Ephesus Sports Lighting. This year’s contest takes place on Sept. 17 at 8p. George Grande and Jim Kaat will call the game.

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  • Combate AmericasCombate Americas is coming back to Tucson on June 7. The fight will be carried live on television in Spanish in the U.S. on both Univision and UDN (12a) and in English in the U.S. and Canada on DAZ (10p). “Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable” will be headlined by the return of former world champion Jose “Pochito” Alday (12-4-1), who will square off with fellow Combat Americas veteran and prolific striker Irwin “The Beast” Rivera (7-4).

 

  • USA Basketball and Red Bull North America have signed a new partnership to build “an elite pathway for men’s and women’s players who have a goal of competing at the highest levels of 3×3 basketball.” As part of the deal, Red Bull will host more than 20 qualifying tournaments across the country under the newly-created Red Bull 3X series to identify the eight athletes who could potentially represent USA Basketball at the 2020 Olympics.

 

  • The MLB locked extended its multi-year rights agreements with UK broadcasters BT Sport through 2021, to show regular season and postseason games. Meanwhile the BBC has acquired the rights to stream the London Series across all its digital platforms.

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  • Matchroom BoxingSky Sports and Matchroom Boxing locked a deal with the World Boxing Super Series to exclusively broadcast the three Semi-Final doubleheaders throughout the UK starting April 27. “The WBSS is delighted to be working with Sky Sports and Matchroom Boxing to bring our sensational semi-finals to as many UK fans as possible,” said Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer of Comosa, the organizer of World Boxing Super Series.

 

  • Starting next season, NBA clubs will be allowed to sell international sponsorship rights (outside the US and Canada), according to the Sports Business Journal (SBJ). The agreement will start with a three-year test of the International Marketing Program. This could permanently end the league’s control of all international sponsorship deals. But, the new model states that sponsors can only use non-game content.

 

  • DAZN partnered with LeBron James’ production company Uninterrupted, to produce and air a new boxing-focused documentary series. With the name “40 Days”, the first edition will center on Mexican boxer and DAZN contractor, Canelo Alvarez. The series will follow Alvarez and American boxer Daniel Jacobs, during their preparation for their highly-anticipated middleweight title fight at Madison Square Gardens on 4th May.

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  • ESPN Deportes unveiled a new marketing campaign for its coverage of the Lima 2019 XVIII Pan American Games, featuring Peruvian Latin Grammy recording artist Gian Marco performing “El Triunfo es mi destino.” The spot has been running across ESPN Deportes’ platforms since last week. Various editions of the creative will be distributed across ESPN Deportes’ linear, digital and social channels in the US and Latin America.

 

  • LeBron JamesThe NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced that LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers secured the top spots on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists. The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry ranked No. 2 on the player list followed by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 3).

 

  • Last week’s 2019 NFL Draft became the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever. Overall NFL Draft telecasts combined to reach over 47.5 million viewers over the three-day event, up 5% over 2018 with NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes in addition to NFL and ESPN digital and social properties all carrying the content.

 

  • The Overwatch League locked a deal with AB InBev, making Bud Light the official beer of Overwatch League. The brand will now activate at fan watch parties around the world (excluding China) and will include sponsorship of fan activations when the league hits the road, including last weekend’s events in Dallas, along with Atlanta Bud Light Homestand Weekends and the LA Rivalry Weekend.

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  • Major League SoccerThe MLS has announced it will expand to 30 teams, up from the previously announced line of 28 clubs. “Professional soccer at all levels is thriving in the United States and Canada and we believe there are many markets that could support a successful MLS club,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. “Expansion during the last 15 years has been enormously successful and a key driver behind the league’s continued rise, and we are pleased that some of the top business and community leaders representing great markets in North America are aggressively pursuing MLS expansion clubs.”

 

  • CBC Sports and MEDIAPRO Canada unlocked a partnership that will see live coverage of 20 games throughout the 2019 season of the new Canadian Premier League on CBC Sports platforms. CBC will broadcast exclusively 10 Canadian Premier League games, with an additional 10 games available via free live streaming coverage.

 

  • US Soccer and Major League Soccer signed a three-year partnership with meditation and mindfulness app Headspace. The app will annually provide thousands of app subscriptions to all U.S. Soccer and MLS athletes, coaches, and league and club staff to strengthen their mindfulness and meditation skills. As part of the deal, Headspace will conduct in-person introductory training sessions during U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team training camps and at various MLS events.

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  • TwitchThe MLS has locked a deal with Twitch to live stream its 2019 Generation Adidas Cup academy tournament. Twitch will live stream 66 matches from the Generation Adidas Cup, an annual soccer tournament played between academies from the MLS and international academies, held at Toyota Stadium, in Texas, this week.

 

  • Titulares y Más, Telemundo Deportes’ Spanish-language sports and entertainment studio show, is expanding to a one-hour special edition throughout the FIFA Women’s World Cup France and Copa América Brazil, starting June 7. Running Monday-Friday at 11:35 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 pm, the show will offer daily recaps and previews of both tournaments.

 

  • English Liverpool Football Club will play in a trio of venues in the USA as part of their 2019/20 pre-season preparations this July. Fenway Park in Boston, Yankee Stadium in New York City and Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend at the University of Notre Dame will see the club play. In addition, while in the USA, the club will also participate in key local community projects in each city.

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  • LaLigaAccording to Brand Finance, La Liga is Spain’s eighth biggest brand. Using its brand strength score metric, a figure based on calculations regarding emotional connection, financial performance and sustainability, Brand Finance gave La Liga a score of 80.7 out of 100.

 

  • The US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has locked a deal with Yahoo Sports to stream all its upcoming matches. The agreement will enable viewers based in the US to access every game from the 2019 NWSL season. Games will still be available on NWSLsoccer.com and on the NWSL app to fans outside the US.

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  • https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1008675609411837952/kARoawLj_400x400.jpgPUMA has become LaLiga’s newest partner, after signing a multi-year partnership. Starting with the 2019/20 season, PUMA will produce the official match ball and other products for all games in Spain’s top-flight leagues: LaLiga Santander and LaLiga 1|2|3.