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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

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AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

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The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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Dec222014

Tiger Woods' Impact On Golf Marketing, Sponsorship Has Its Pros, Cons

By Barry Janoff

December 20, 2014: Tiger Woods has been off the PGA Tour for much of 2014 and has not won a Major title since the 2008 U.S. Open. That, along with a sport that has seen a net decline in the number of golf courses close over the past eight years and a flatline in the number of mew participants, is seemingly taking its toll on marketing sponsorship.

The amount of money that companies will spend worldwide on golf sponsorship is expected to reach $1.65 billion in 2014, up 3.1% from 2013 but short of the 4.1% rise that was expected, according to marketing and sponsorship research firm IEG Research.

"Like other international properties, the uneven global economy continues to temper corporate interest in golf,” William Chipps, senior editor of the just released IEG (Golf) Sponsorship Report.

According to the National Golf Foundation, 400,000 people left golf in 2013, dropping the total participants under 25 million. There were 25.3 million golfers in the U.S. in 2012, which is down from 25.7 million in 2011 and 26.1 million in 2010, according to NGF.

Since 2004, almost 5 million people in the U.S. have left the game for a variety of reasons, and the number of core golfers is down almost 24%, according to Golf 20/20, which describes itself as "collaborative effort of many forces within the golf industry, from the associations and manufacturers to the course owners/operators and the media, focused on the game and its future."

Only 14 new golf courses opened in the U.S. in 2013 and close to 160 closed, the eighth consecutive year of that tread, also according to NGF.

Over the summer, Dick's Sporting Goods handed pink slips to all of  the PGA professionals it employed in the golf sections of its more than 560 stores, about 500 people, according to industry analysts.

Golf sponsorship was up in 2011 ($1.44 billion) versus 2010 ($1.36 billion), up in 2012 ($1.51 billion) and up again in 2013 before dipping in 2014.

Despite these numbers, golf seems to be far from standing on its last legs.

The $1.65 billion in sponsorship spending puts it ahead of other sports.

By comparison, NFL sponsorship was $1.07 billion for 2013, MLB sponsorship in 2014 hit $695 million, NBA sponsorship was $679 million for the 2013-14 season and tennis was at $739 million worldwide this year., all according to IEG Research.

The top golfers also do pretty well in the endorsement field. Woods earns close to $60 million from endorsements, Phil Mickelson close to $50 million and Rory McIlroy about $20 million, according to industry analysts.

BMW is the most active sponsor of golf worldwide with an alliance in 27% of properties with a sponsor in the auto category, followed by Rolex (active in 26% of golf properties with a sponsor in the watch category), MasterCard (15%), Coca-Cola (15%), Anheuser-Busch (14%), Fila (14%), Daimler (13%), Bank of America (11%) and AT&T (9%).

The list changes when looking just at North America, where the leaders are MasterCard (active in 24% of golf properties with a sponsor in the financial services category), Coca-Cola (22%), Anheuser-Busch (21%), Bank of America (19%), AT&T (16%), Rolex (16%), Daimler (16%), Bacardi (14%), Foster's Brewing Group (12%) and FedEx (12%).

The most active categories sponsorship golf in North America are banking, beverages-alcohol, automotive, insurance, hotel and -resorts, media and publish, telecom, beverages non-alcohol and credit cards.

And Woods still has plenty of drawing power, despite his on-course struggles. He recently signed a four-year deal with Hero Corp., which manufactures motorcycles and scooters, valued at $8 million a year, according to industry analysts.

Among other activations, the India-based company took title sponsorship of Wood's World Challenge event, which was played in Orlando earlier this month.

“I believe Tiger becoming Hero's global public partner, he is going to add a huge amount of value to the brand Hero, which clearly is going global in its intent and with its product and the brand,” Hero CEO Pawan Munjal said during the media conference unveiling the alliance with Woods.

See the full IEG Research report here.

Graphics: IEG Research

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