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Follow the Money: Ads on NBA Jerseys Open the Doors for Other Top Sports

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Five years ago, the NBA hired SRI, a sponsorship research firm, to analyze the possibility of an unprecedented move in major American sports: placing ads on jerseys.

The internal study assessed the value of the ad-on-jersey opportunity, which is widely popular around the world, from the English Premier League to India’s International Cricket League. Where there was money to be had, most major international sports bodies had cashed in. But none of the big four North American sports leagues — the NFL, the NBA, MLB and the NHL — wanted to take the first step.

There was hesitation within the NBA as the study proceeded. The chance for new revenue was clear, but it was harder to anticipate how fans would react. In the NBA, like almost every other pro sports league, the entire experience was already heavily branded: Teams sell rights to stadium names, mid-game entertainment, special seating sections and almost every panel of free space within the arena. TV broadcasts included another layer of advertising and sponsorship, including branded half-time analysis and in-game segments. The jerseys, it seemed, were the final remnant of non-commercialized purity.

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Article written by Will Jarvis, Advertising Age

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July 18th, 2017 at 2:20 pm

SBJ: Raptors Latest Team To Land Jersey Sponsor, Signing Sun Life To Agreement

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Sun Life’s Raptors patch sponsorship is reportedly worth more than C$5M annually. MKTG negotiated the deal for Sun Life.

The Raptors are the ninth NBA team to sell a jersey ad patch, having signed a three-year deal that will put Toronto-based Sun Life’s logo on the jerseys beginning next season. Sun Life’s jersey patch will be the anchor of a CSR program promoting diabetes awareness and prevention.

Sun Life has run a similar program through a Celtics sponsorship which supports a regional “Dunk 4 Diabetes” program since ‘14. The Raptors’ patch sponsorship, which TSN is reporting is worth more than C$5M annually, will support a similar program across Canada.

“For a corporate responsibility program, we explained that the way to really authenticate was showing what the pinnacle of a healthy body can look like, with this sort of intimate association,” said MLSE Chief Commercial Officer David Hopkinson.

The deal includes rights with the group benefits, life insurance and retirement planning portions of the insurance/financial services categories, along with courtside signage, along with digital and social ad inventory for Sun Life.

The company has been a Raptors sponsor for four years and a sponsor of MLSE for seven years. “Our key insight here is that it’s not about the real estate,” said Hopkinson, adding that the deal took around six months to complete. “If you want to just buy impressions, there’s nothing like outdoor (advertising). If you want to stand for something, there’s nothing better than having a presence on the athlete.”

Sun Life’s other Canadian sports sponsorships include the Canadiens, Maple Leafs and the CFL. MKTG Canada negotiated the deal for Sun Life.

source: Sports Business Daily

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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July 6th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

The Batalla Viewing Party

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Soccer United Marketing (SUM), the marketing arm of Major League Soccer (MLS) enlisted MKTG and Gravity*, to support our effort to, for the first time ever, stage an exclusive event called “The Batalla Viewing Party” in downtown LA for a World Cup qualifying game between rivals Mexico and USA.   

“The Batalla” (The Battle), harnessed the anticipation and historical implications of the match between the two national teams, and presented an opportunity for Mexico’s loyal fans to come together as a community to cheer on their team with fellow El Tri (Mexican National Team name) fans.

The goal of the event was to engage millennial fans of the Mexican National Team on a deeper level through an unexpected, culturally rich, social and live experience.  The creative approach to the Batalla utilized a stylized and modern treatment that tipped its hat to the popular Mexican card game called La Lotería that is very popular among the Mexican National team fan base.

MKTG transformed an empty 25,000 square foot loft and parking lot space in the LA Arts District into a culturally-relevant, trendy, cool, urban environment designed specifically to immerse modern day soccer fans in the experience of their love and deep passion for soccer.

The celebration took place all day, culminating in the showdown between the two national teams on giant 16-foot screens around the space. Throughout the day, fans enjoyed live entertainment from some of their favorite DJs including DJ Eddie One from LA’s 96.3FM, and band Jungle Fire.  Sponsored activities included custom cocktails from sponsor El Jimador, a live interactive social media wall, as well as life-sized cutouts of MNT players for fan photos were presented by Wells Fargo and LA Football Club (the local MLS team) was on site distributing swag.  LAFC’s very spirited Supporter’s Band surprised the guests and got them on their feet dancing and cheering on El Tri wildly!

All creative and event elements including custom posters (wild posted around Los Angeles), signage, apparel, giveaways as well as a robust digital campaign were handled by MKTG and Gravity.

See below for photos from the activation! 

*Gravity is a recent acquisition by Dentsu Aegis Network and the leading multicultural marketing in our space.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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June 30th, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Sights and Sounds of Sunoco Racing

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Sunoco will kick off the 2017 motorsports season with its largest activation effort of the year, centered around the Daytona 500 race weekend.

As one of five founding partners for the Daytona Rising project completed in 2016, Sunoco features multiple levels of consumer engagements, bringing the brand to life. Sunoco’s “Injector” display space includes: The world’s largest Sunoco Diamond (measuring 64 ft. and weighing 12,000 lbs.), the 84 ft. long Sunoco “Shimmer Wall” made up of 83,300 independently moving squares depicting a waving flag, and the Sunoco Celebration Cam .GIF station where fans can simulate their own victory celebration to share via personal social channels.

Additionally, a roaming digital team will be onsite in Daytona capturing the pageantry and excitement surrounding NASCAR’s most prestigious event. The content team’s storytelling will deliver the sights and sounds of the race track to Sunoco’s passionate fan base via social.

For the third straight year, Sunoco will tout its “Essence of Racing” campaign, led by Sunoco’s advertising agency of record Allen & Gerritsen, throughout the motorsports season. This year’s campaign theme is reliant on the premise that “If It Has An Engine”, all you need is Sunoco fuel and a passion for competition to race. The commercial spots will debut during NASCAR’s Speedweeks and feature race footage from over 50+ racing disciplines, including: NASCAR, INDYCAR, NHRA, speedboat racing, and lawnmower racing, among others.

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February 24th, 2017 at 9:38 am

MKTG Canada weighs in on Super Bowl ads and value for Canadian brands

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Matthew Klar, Director of Strategy at recently acquired sports and entertainment sponsorship consultancy S&E Sponsorship shares some fresh insights on Super Bowl ads in the new media context that has seen for the first time U.S. ads broadcast on the American feed in Canada.

Last night’s Super Bowl 51 was a momentous game on many counts. The event saw the first overtime minutes played during a Super Bowl and the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady coming back in the fourth quarter to earn a record fifth championship ring.

With the dropping of simultaneous substitution, it was also the first night that U.S. ads appeared on the American feed in Canada. The appeal from Bell and NFL Canada against the CRTC’s order is being heard tomorrow, so it remains to be seen if the U.S. commercials will be seen in Canada going forward.

The pundits MiC tapped all chose to watch the U.S. feed. Read on to find out why, as well as their favourite ads and whether they see a value in Canadian brands continuing to buy into the game.

 

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This article was originally published in Media in Canada

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February 6th, 2017 at 4:08 pm

2017 NHL Centennial Fan Arena

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The NHL Centennial Fan Arena opened over the New Year in Toronto, Canada to celebrate a century of hockey thrills. The Fan Arena features several interactive activities, open to all ages, and will be traveling throughout Canada and the US throughout the duration of 2017 so all fans can get in on the fun.

 The Museum Truck

The 53-foot Museum Truck features interactive digital displays, original video content, historical memorabilia, and several photo moments throughout including a customizable Locker Room photo op. Wayne Gretzky stopped by the Museum Truck in Toronto to experience the interactives and sign the Centennial Anniversary logo.

There’s also a second truck which hosts a giant video screen for team trivia and highlights, as well as a pop-up stage for special appearances. Living legend, Wayne Gretzky, stopped by in Toronto.

The Rink

A pop-up ball hockey rink with programmed clinics and games will be open for youth players.

Stanley Cup

Need we say more? The coveted Stanley Cup, the oldest trophy in professional sports, will be present in each market.

Clear The Ice Zamboni® VR Experience

Fans take a seat in a Mini-Zamboni® complete with cool air on their face and a rumbling seat, to compete to resurface the ice. The goal is to create the perfect sheet in the fastest time. All rides will be timed and featured on a leaderboard.

Recycle the Game

Fans have the opportunity to bring their used hockey gear, including shin pads, helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, gloves, skates, sticks, goalie pads and goalie blockers/gloves to be donated to under-served community hockey programs. Not only that, but the first 200 donors will receive a shop.nhl.com discount card!

 

Calendar

Check out the upcoming events, and check back to the NHL website for additional markets in the coming weeks!

Jan 7-8: Arizona (Tempe Marketplace)

Jan 12-14: Dallas

Jan 18-19: San Jose

Jan 21-23: Anaheim

Jan 26-29: Los Angeles (2017 NHL Fan Fair, Tickets Required)

Feb 3-5: St. Louis

Feb 11-12: Nashville

Feb 24-25: Pittsburgh

Also, check out a few photo selects below!

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PGA Championship 2016: Recap

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Jordan Spieth signing autographs for fans on the last day of practice rounds which also happened to be his 23rd Birthday.

Jordan Spieth signing autographs for fans on the last day of practice rounds, which also happened to be his 23rd Birthday.

From July 25-31, MKTG hosted dozens of our clients and partners at the 2016 PGA Championship in our private VIP hospitality suite within the historic Club House at Baltusrol. Despite the hot and humid forecast, we all had a blast traversing the course catching some world-class golf.

We also all witnessed history as Jimmy Walker took home his first major title finishing -14 and holding on to the lead the entire time. Walker became the first wire-to-wire winner of the PGA Championship since Phil Mickelson, who won at Baltusrol in 2005. In fact, all four majors this year were won by first-timers including Masters champion Danny Willett; Dustin Johnson, who won the United States Open; and Henrik Stenson, the British Open champ. Walker had missed the cut in his last two majors, never finished higher than tied for seventh at any major and was perhaps best known on the PGA Tour for his unusual hobby: astrophotography, according to the New York Times.

In addition to witnessing Walker’s triumph, we saw reigning PGA Champion Jason Day, the world’s top ranked golfer, make the final holes crazy intense on Sunday , and even got up close and personal with stars like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, John Daly, among others. Check out our snaps below and on Instagram and Snapchat.

 

-Contributed by MKTG New York summer intern Dan Andree

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The Summer of a MKTG Intern: Part One

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Daniel Andree (l) and Connor Kubikowski (r) living the 2016 PGA Championship dream at Baltustrol.

Daniel Andree (l) and Connor Kubikowski (r) living the dream at the 2016 PGA Championship

by Andrea D’Alessandro – MKTG Communications

Being an intern is often accompanied by the usual stereotypes: fetching coffee, waking up at 5am to walk the boss’s dog and taking out the trash. Okay, maybe I am describing The Devil Wears Prada, but you get my drift. These stereotypes are nonexistent at MKTG, where our seven summer interns at our NYC HQ have been fully ingratiated into the world of experiential marketing from June through August. Two of our amazing interns, Connor Kubikowski (St. Joseph’s University) and Daniel Andree (University of Notre Dame), have been in the midst of managing new business and marketing projects. From pitch involvement to analyzing our social media channels to planning MKTG and Team Epic’s presence at the 2016 PGA Championship to providing daily news highlights from across the industry – it’s been a busy summer so far. We sat down with the duo to hear a bit more about the first half of their time at MKTG New York.

AD: What about MKTG appealed to you when you were searching for internships? 

CK: MKTG became very appealing to me when I saw how the organization worked and the clients that they work with. They have long-standing relationships with many top-tier brands and are continuously creating new relationships with other brands globally.

DA: MKTG’s sport and entertainment background is what made me interested in interning at the agency, but it was my first set of interviews that sold me. Besides the awesome office, the way Bryan [Duffy, EVP Sales & Marketing] described experiential marketing during our first meeting got me really excited. He discussed that creating experiences is different from other types of marketing in that you are creating memories for the consumer that the clients get to be a part of.

AD: What are some different events you have attended in the past two months?

DA: We attended events for several different clients including: Nike, Diageo and TopSpin. For Nike we participated in one of their weekly Home Runs through Central Park and help set up a COPA America viewing party at Modell’s in Times Square. For Diageo we attended several Happy Hours showcasing different Diageo products. Also, we had our in-house whiskey expert host a tasting with 17 of Diageo’s different whiskey brands like Bulleit, Crown Royal and Johnnie Walker. He taught us about the different types of whiskey, how they are made and the history behind some of the brands.

CK: We also attended an Olive Garden event on the High Line in NYC.

AD: What’s the coolest project you have helped with so far?

CK: One of coolest projects I worked on was a Nike Run Club event, which took place in Central Park. The Run Club organized an event throughout the park and had multiple Nike Pacers that led small groups of runners on different trails. It was an awesome experience to be involved in because it showed the strong Nike brand community. At multiple times throughout the run, our group would pass another group of runners and everyone was yelling, “Go Nike!!!” There was even an Australian man running on his own that saw our group and asked if he could join because he runs with the Run Club back home.

DA: While it’s not necessarily a project, one of the more interesting things I’ve been a part of is performing research on the eSports industry. This industry is something I knew existed but never comprehended how big it really was. I have learned a lot about the games, teams and players. The more I learn the easier it is too see how important it is to gain an understanding of this up-and-coming industry. It has tons of marketing potential, especially in the experiential world.

AD: The internship is down to its last month- do you have any projects you’re looking forward to or goals set for yourselves? 

DA: I am definitely looking forward to working the PGA Championship. MKTG will be hosting a hospitality room at Baltusrol Country Club, the venue of the tournament, and will be hosting clients and partners throughout the week. Since my first week at MKTG I have helped plan the gifts/premiums, room décor, the social media plan and overall logistics for the week. I am very exited to be working on site and see all the work we have put in come to fruition. It doesn’t hurt that I am a big golf fan as well!

CK: The same goes for me- I am really looking forward to the PGA Championship. I have always had an appreciation for golf and to have the chance to work for MKTG at this event is an incredible opportunity.

Stay tuned for Part Two when Dan and Connor wrap up their summer with MKTG. 

provided by MKTG New York

 

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July 27th, 2016 at 10:05 am

BizBash: How AT&T Brought Final Four Fans Inside the Game

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The brand’s immersive experience simulated the atmosphere of shooting a game-winning free throw.

By Mitra Sorrells Posted April 7, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

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At the N.C.A.A. Final Four Fan Fest, AT&T invited guests to attempt a free throw while surrounded by sights and sounds that simulated the atmosphere of a game. (Credit: Team Epic)

 – March Madness is known for creating heart-stopping, awe-inspiring moments as 68 college basketball teams get whittled down to just one that is crowned the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball champion. For this year’s Final Four in Houston, Texas, N.C.A.A. sponsor AT&T worked with Team Epic and MKTG to create an immersive activation at the Final Four Fan Fest designed to help fans feel connected to the game, which ties to the brand’s marketing campaign.

“Our current campaign is all about the ‘Network of You’—how AT&T’s network is personalized and keeps you connected to the things that are important to you any time and any place,” said Enrique Casanova, vice president of Team Epic. “There is probably no other sporting event in this country that creates the roller coaster of emotions that the N.C.A.A. tournament does. So we wanted to see if there’s a way to capture that emotion in a tangible way and show people what it feels like, to give college basketball fans that very future-forward, connected experience.”

Read more here at BizBash.com

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April 7th, 2016 at 12:08 pm

AT&T Final Four Fan Fest, March Madness & Tip Off Tailgate!!

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MKTG was thrilled to manage three separate AT&T activations during Final Four Fan Fest, March Madness & Tip Off Tailgate over the past few weeks! Our AT&T activation at Final Four Fan Fest was a 4-day hoops fan fest at the George R Brown Convention Center. It was an awesome space that featured: appearances by basketball legends and current college coaches, the AT&T Pressure Point, a fully-immersive experience leveraging AT&T technology that puts you on the foul line with a chance to win the NCAA Championship, a relaxing space to charge your devices while watching DIRECTV, a Vine Studio to beef up your social media game at the Final Four and a hoops legend photo op inside an AT&T Connected Car, powered by in-vehicle wi-fi. Take a look at the photo journey below:

 

The March Madness Music Festival was a 3-day music festival at Discovery Green in Downtown Houston, TX. Friday night was AT&T’s entitlement night, called AT&T Block Party #attblockparty where Lukas Graham, Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy performed and absolutely brought the house down!

 

There was a brand experience and lounge activation all three nights featuring super cool dome structures with great lighting effects, customized screen print t-shirts, a Vine Studio to beef up your social media game at the festival, watch VR footage of other music performances in the Samsung VR area, a relaxing space to charge your devices while watching DIRECTV, a 360-degree photo op, Tip Off Tailgate, a 3-day tailgate activation outside nrg Stadium, AT&T Charging Zone featuring valet and while-you-wait charging, along with live DIRECTV to watch pre-game coverage!

 

 

 

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