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• DAZN, the live and on-demand sports streaming platform, named its boxing broadcast team, led by Hall of Fame boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Brian Kenny, Kay Adams, Chris Mannix and LZ Granderson. They will work their inaugural event when world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua faces Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 22 from Wembley Stadium.

• In recognition of the company’s 50th anniversary, Ralph Lauren has signed a deal with MLB and his hometown New York Yankees to create create a limited-edition Ralph Lauren Yankees collection, including a classic baseball jacket, New Era baseball cap, Wilson baseball glove and a Rawlings commemorative baseball. Lauren himself will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sept. 20 before the Yankees host the Boston Red Sox in Yankee Stadium.

• The NFL Foundation said it would contribute $1 million to Hurricane Florence relief efforts. The contribution will be distributed to organizations that will address the immediate needs of those impacted throughout the Carolinas and other areas.

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Top 10 Universities Ranked by Total Football Revenue (per Forbes)

1. Texas A&M: $148M
2. Texas: $133M
3. Michigan: $127M

3. Alabama: $127M
5. Ohio State: $120M

6. Oklahoma: $118M

7. Notre Dame: $112M

7. Auburn: $112M
7. LSU: $112M 

10. Florida: $111M

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(Sept. 14-16)
1 The Predator $24M
2. The Nun $18.2M
3. A Simple Favor $16.1M
4. White Boy Rick $8.8M
5. Crazy Rich Asians $8.7M
6. Peppermint $6.1M
7. The Meg $3.8M
8. Searching $3.2M
9. Unbroken $2.4M 
10. Mission Impossible – Fallout $2.3M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Jun272018

Adidas, Golden Knights Drive NHL Sponsorship To Record $559M In 2017-18

By Barry Janoff

June 26, 2018: The recently concluded NHL season was one to remember for Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

It also was memorable for the NHL itself, which had a record $559.5 million in sponsorship deals, driven by the start of an alliance with adidas as the official on-ice jersey and uniform supplier (replacing its Reebok division).

Also of major impact was the presence of the Vegas Golden Knights, which set the single-season record for most wins in North American pro sports expansion team history with 51 victories and reached the Stanley Cup finals.

The $559.5 million was up $50 million from the $505 million sponsor spend in 2016-17.

The 10.8% increase was more than double the 5.5% increase in the 2016-2017 season as well as the projected 4.9% increase in overall 2018 sports spending and 4.5% increase in overall sponsorship spending, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

The figure is also up $150 million from $409 million in 2013-14.

By comparison, NFL sponsor spend was  $1.2 billion, the NBA was $1.12 billion and MLB sponsor spend was $892 million last season

Enterprise was the most active brand sponsoring the NHL, with 75% of properties with a sponsor in the rental car category report a partnership with Enterprise.

Retailers (auto parts stores, c-stores, etc.) replaced autos as the most active category sponsoring the NHL in the 2017-2018 season, according to the ESP Properties 2017-18 NHL Sponsorship Report.

Sponsorship spend in the NHL has been steadily rising from $447 million in 2014-15 and $477 million in 2015-16.

In addition to adidas, which has a seven-year deal valued at $70 million annually by industry analysts, new sponsorship platforms included Hulu as presenting sponsor for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals and playoff sponsor Great Clips.

New deals at the league level also included Apple (which began with the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs) and Oikos, the official yogurt of the NHL in Canada; while renewals included multi-year partnerships with PepsiCo and Scotiabank, per ESP Properties.

Following Enterprise, the Top Ten most-active NHL-aligned brands include Geico (72% of properties with a sponsor in the insurance category report a partnership with Geico), Anheuser-Busch InBev (72%), TicketMaster (59%), PepsiCo (53%), Ford, (47%), Coca-Cola (44%), Lexus (44%), MolsonCoors (44%) and Uber (44%).

Retailers are 4.8 times more likely to sponsor the NHL than the average of all sponsors.

Among the most active categories, retailers were followed by automotive (4.3), QSR (4.2), insurance (3.5), media (3.2), beer (3.2), hospitals (3), banks (2.8), restaurants (2.6) and professional services (2.2).

Professional services and restaurants joined the Top Ten most-active categories list, while technology and sports apparel dropped off.

Seven teams had sponsorship deals that were above the NHL average, according to ESP Properties: Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Across the league, 13 teams met the average of NHL sponsor deals: Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and NHL champion Washington Capitals.

Eleven teams came in below the NHL average in sponsorships: Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, the first-year Knights and the Winnipeg Jets.

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