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3 Key Trends in NBA Jersey Patch Sponsorship

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The NBA has become the first North American major professional sports league to allow ads on jerseys. During the 2017-2018 season, players in the NBA will sport corporate logos on their team uniforms. The ad space will be sold as part of a three-year pilot program where each team will have the right to sell its own ad space to sponsors. In consideration of the foregoing, MKTG has outlined the state of jersey sponsorship in the NBA, common activation strategies around the patch and potential implications for the league.

JERSEY PATCH SPONSORS STEM FROM CONSISTENT SOURCES; TECHNOLOGY BRANDS, FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND LOCAL EMPLOYERS

There are clear commonalities in the roster of sponsors who have invested in the NBA jersey patch. Firstly, technology brands are leveraging their patch sponsorship to drive mass awareness for their digital initiatives such as Sharecare and the Atlanta Hawks that are teaming up to improve healthcare for Georgia. Secondly, F.I.’s like Flagstar Bank (Pistons) and Western Union (Nuggets) are mass brands that historically have greater permission to invest in signature branding assets that reach mass audiences. Finally, employers with a large presence in the region of their local NBA team (Goodyear in Cleveland, Harley Davidson in Milwaukee) have invested back into properties that can be positioned as supporting local passion points, be a source of pride for employees, and block competitors from gaining traction in an HQ market.

BRANDS OUTLINE THEIR SUPPORTING ACTIVATION PROGRAMS TO COMPLEMENT JERSEY SPONSORSHIPS

In the majority of jersey sponsorships announced to date, brands are clear in their messaging; jersey patches are part of a broader commitment to the property. Brands are showcasing videos that highlight the brand synergies, collaborative tactics and creative activation strategies for teams and sponsor. Both Sharecare and Fitbit are leveraging their partnership to tackle health and wellness through their digital platforms. Sharecare is activating around their jersey sponsorship with their Sharecare Movement in collaboration with the Atlanta Hawks. In contrast, FitBit and the Minnesota Timberwolves are exploring ways to leverage and integrate their technology to improve player’s performance, and assist fans in making healthier choices during games. Jersey patch sponsorship is isolation can be perceived as an awareness-driving media buy. By complementing the asset with an integrated activation, sponsors will resonate deeper with fans.

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Written by Paige McConney
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September 25th, 2017 at 11:33 am

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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Written by Paige McConney
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July 18th, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Marriott Intl. Thinks Global, Acts Global As New Official NBA Worldwide Partner

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July 30, 2015: Marriott International has destinations worldwide, and now can put them into play for theNBA.

Marriott has signed a deal making it the official hotel partner of the NBA, specifically for several jewel events, beginning with this weekend’s NBA Africa Game and also including the NBA Global Games 2015-16 and NBA Canada Series 2015.

The NBA said that Marriott would be the first company to align with the NBA across international games on five different continents.

Marriott International said it has more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories. The company reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.

“Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world, and our partnership with the NBA gives us an opportunity to tap into a passionate fan base and communicate the breadth and depth of our portfolio,” Karin Timpone, global marketing officer for Marriott International, said in a statement. “Similar to what we are doing with music and entertainment, our NBA partnership helps us create memorable experiences for our Rewards members and amplify the benefits of the program for both new and loyal guests.”

Bethesda, MD.-based Marriott International plans to support the union with multi-platform activations, including a sweepstakes for Marriott Rewards members in the U.S. offering the opportunity to win a trip and tickets to an upcoming NBA global event.

Marriott Rewards will host a series of private meet-and-greets with NBA legends and players for its Elite members and invite fans to take a virtual trip via an #AroundTheWorld photo and social sharing experience. That will begin with the inaugural NBA Africa Game on Aug. 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Other marketing partners involved with the NBA Africa Game include Nike, Ford, South African Airways and telecom company Econet Global.

Marriott International said it would then offer Marriott Rewards members exclusive access to NBA games and events in  11 other cities across Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the U.K.

All but two of the games are part of the NBA’s pre-season exhibition schedule. The two games that are part of the 2015-16 regular season are Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings in Mexico City Arena (Dec. 3) and Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors in London’s The O2 (Jan. 14).

According to Emilio Collins, NBA evp-global marketing partnerships, “For our fans around the world, there is no opportunity more exciting than when live NBA games are played in their home countries. Marriott International is a renowned brand with extensive global operations, and is the ideal partner to help broaden the reach of our games and engage more fans.”

Marriott International operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard and Residence Inn.

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Source: NY Sports  Journalism

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Beyond Sport United 2015 Kicks Off from the Prudential Center

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MKTG INC is proud to be an official partner and supporter of the Beyond Sport United 2015 conference.

This morning on the floor of the Prudential Center, 500 sports and philanthropy executives gathered for Beyond Sport United 2015. Supported by MKTG INC and backed by US Major Leagues MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL and WNBA, the summit brings together the most powerful sport-led, social innovators and global leaders to discuss how sports teams and leagues can drive positive social change both locally and globally.

Follow along on Twitter by searching for #BeyondTheAthlete and follow @beyondsport

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NBA All-Star Weekend a Slam Dunk

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The spectacle of NBA All-Star, one of the most electrifying sporting events in the world, came to New York City in February 2015. MKTG INC worked with the NBA to develop and produce a concept that would bring all NBA Fans together in celebration of basketball and its unique connection to NYC.

Welcome to the NBA House, 2015 All-Star edition. 70,000 sq ft of basketball activities, sponsor activations, and legendary NBA player appearances. Player appearances included Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Robert Parrish, and the one and only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

This was an extraordinary first-class entertainment experience with the NBA’s brightest stars and their fans at the center of it all.

Over 21,000 fans stopped by NBA House during its 7-day tenure in Manhattan and left with a memory that will last a lifetime.

Written by: Michael Del Monaco

Gatorade “Be Like Mike”

On Friday, Feb. 13 during NBA All-Star week in New York, Gatorade allowed fans to step into the shoes of Michael Jordan by taking part in a series of athletic challenges to celebrate the return of “Be Like Mike,” one of sport’s most iconic commercials­. Students from area high schools, media members and even Nick Cannon recreated iconic moments that defined Jordan’s career—they shot, dunked, won and even dressed like Mike! The event was captured in an online video right before the All-Star game launched a social media campaign encouraging fans to show how they #BeLikeMike.

Guest speakers were NBA legends Horace Grant and Dominique Wilkins. They shared their experiences playing with and against Jordan in such epic moments as the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest and “The Shot on Ehlo” during the Bulls 1989 Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The event was another celebratory milestone for Gatorade during its 50th anniversary year.

Written by: Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle

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NBA All-Star Week Has Arrived in NYC

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MKTG INC’s very own EVP, Sales and Marketing Bryan Duffy is featured in a cover story of this week’s SportsBusiness Journal talking the upcoming NBA All-Star Week(end). Check out the story and his thoughts on what it takes to cut through the clutter in a busy market like New York City. Read more here!

Source: SportsBusiness Journal, February 9 2015

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Shield Your Eyes NBA Purists…Moneyball is Coming to the League

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By now most casual sports fans know the story of Moneyball and the Oakland Athletics thanks to Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and another ‘didn’t do the book justice’ effort from Hollywood.  While many would argue that baseball is prime for such an analytical system due to the increasingly large number of statistical averages used to place value on a player, other sports are beginning to follow this data-driven trend.

Enter SportVU systems.  A company whose technology was originally created to track missiles, now has its place inside various NBA arenas, capturing the tiniest of movements from some of the world’s best athletes.

“SportVU can tell you not just Kevin Durant’s shooting average, but his shooting average after dribbling one vs two times, or his shooting average with a defender three feet away vs five feet away. SportVU can actually consider both factors at once, plus take into account who passed him the ball, how many minutes he’d been on the court and how many miles he’d run that game already.” (via FastCompany)

The concept of data-driven performance analysis isn’t entirely foreign to the non-baseball world, as some of the top soccer clubs have begun utilizing GPS-based performance tracking in their training sessions, though these systems are not permitted for use during game play under FIFA regulations.  This type of analysis not only allows clubs to better understand and improve player performance, but might also serve to reduce the number of player injuries and burnout as well.

The digital industry continues to provide innovations that change the way we think about the world around us, and the hallowed ground of sports should not be exempt from such changes.  While sports may induce a certain unparalleled nostalgia that causes a hesitancy to view the game in a different way, the revolutions in technology have given us access to a whole new world of information that we would be foolish to ignore.  While this new analysis may not incorporate Moneyball’s emphasis on financial efficiency just yet, the similarities are found in an ability to challenge and re-invent pre-existing norms on the way that player performance is gauged.

Call me crazy but I’m looking forward to a day when we don’t see players evaluated by ‘moxie’ or having the ‘it’ factor.

I’m sure LeBron is as well.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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June 20th, 2012 at 2:53 pm