A 10-team organization with zero soccer-specific stadiums at the start, Major League Soccer now has 20 franchises, 13 of them playing in homes of their own, with payrolls that have tripled. As the league plays its 20th season, key figures recall the kickoff campaign
Jeff Marks is a senior executive with over twenty years of business development experience working with C-level executives from Fortune 500 companies, sports teams, leagues, venues, municipalities, sponsors, franchise owners and investors.
Since leaving MLS more than a decade and a half ago, former chief marketing officer Randy Bernstein still follows the league intently from afar.
New Atlanta Stadium to Showcase Next Generation Fan Experience with IBM Technology, February 20th, 2015
ARMONK, N.Y. & ATLANTA, G.A. – February 19, 2015: IBM (NYSE: IBM ) and AMB Sports & Entertainment (AMBSE) today announced a strategic partnership to develop a game-changing fan experience at the state-of-the-art new Atlanta stadium set to open in 2017.
This will enable AMBSE to provide highly advanced, interactive technologies for sporting events including Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer Atlanta games as well as concerts and other marquee events.
What are the trends and hot-button topics to follow in the sports business industry in 2015? How will the different niches within sport — digital, technology, agency, traditional media, sponsorship, athletics and others — change heading into the new calendar year?
BRADENTON – Tropicana Field — or “The World’s Largest Pinball Machine” as Hall of Famer Wade Boggs once called it — has been branded as an antiquated eyesore most baseball purists revile and national media members despise.
Feld Entertainment And Overstock.com Join Forces For Launch Of Marvel Universe LIVE!, August 28th, 2014
ELLENTON, Fla., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live family events, and online shopping site, Overstock.com, today announce a partnership in support of one of the most ambitious live event experiences in history, Marvel Universe LIVE! This sponsorship agreement will bring Overstock.com front and center of the 85-city tour, which debuts in July in Tampa, FL before embarking on an extensive national rollout. Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment sales firm, Premier Partnerships, brokered the partnership on behalf of Feld Entertainment.
The deal for Globe Life Park, announced Feb. 5 and brokered by Premier Partnerships, the Rangers’ official sales agency, was reported locally to be a 10-year agreement valued at $5 million annually.
Arlington, TX—The Texas Rangers and Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company today announced a 10-year agreement establishing Globe Life Park in Arlington as the new name for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The name change of the park is effective immediately.
Ottawa landmark Lansdowne Park to be renamed TD Bank set to take over naming rights at facility, January 10th, 2014
Lansdowne Park is expected to be renamed TD Place when it reopens in 2014, the Citizen has learned, after the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group reached an agreement on naming rights for the entire facility with the TD Bank Group.
OTTAWA, ON. January 7, 2014 – The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and TD Bank Group today announced an agreement that will benefit millions of sports fans, concert goers and visitors to Lansdowne Park. TD will be the official naming rights sponsor of the sporting/concert areas, including stadium and arena, to be called TD Place. The agreement also makes TD the official bank of OSEG’s three sports franchises, the Ottawa REDBLACKS (CFL), Ottawa Fury FC (NASL) and the Ottawa 67’s (OHL).
When the University of California Golden Bears football team comes out of the locker room at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., they won’t just be setting foot on a football field, they’ll be trotting onto a new-age sponsorship deal. The university announced this week that Cal’s players will now be trotting across Kabam Field.
The University of California broke new ground by signing naming rights for Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium, the first college sports facility named for a video game company.
BERKELEY – The University of California, Berkeley, the world’s top public university, and Kabam, Inc., the western world’s leader in free-to-play mobile games for traditional players, today announced a long-term partnership that includes the naming rights to the field at California Memorial Stadium. Additional elements include a scholarship program, an internship program, speaking engagements and other partnerships on campus around innovation and technology.
The Univ. of California-Berkeley has signed mobile video game producer Kabam to a 15-year, $18M deal for field naming rights at its football stadium. The official name is now Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium, the first college sports facility to be named for a video game company.
The University of California, Berkeley, may be enduring one of the worst football seasons in its history, but it’s still “game on” – at least on the yard markers, anyway.
By Tripp Mickle, Staff Writer The sales team at Premier Partnerships spent the first four months of the year contacting more than 300 companies to gauge their interest in buying naming rights for the Rose Garden, but it hadn’t found any serious buyers. But in May, one of its sales executives, Uzma Rawn, read a news… Read More »
The Trail Blazers today announced regional health insurance provider Moda Health has signed a 10-year naming-rights agreement to rename the Rose Garden as the Moda Center. Sources valued the deal at $40M. Television, radio and digital advertising inventory are included in the sponsorship and naming-rights package. Moda also will receive sponsor benefits with the Seahawks… Read More »
The Trail Blazers “looked at 317 companies, including some national and international businesses,” before agreeing to a naming-rights deal with Moda Health for the Rose Garden, according to a front-page piece by Mike Tokito of the Portland OREGONIAN. Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan said that the team and California-based Premier Partnerships “had ‘deep conversations’ with 10 to… Read More »
PORTLAND’S ROSE GARDEN RENAMED MODA CENTER IN PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TRAIL BLAZERS AND MODA HEALTH, August 13th, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. (August 13, 2013) – Two of Oregon’s most dynamic and innovative companies are banding together in a 10-year agreement that will energize Portland’s hub for sports and entertainment, creating an urban showcase for healthy, active living. The Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Health have unveiled a community partnership that changes the name of… Read More »
The Tim Hortons naming-rights deal for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ new stadium was a natural fit between two brands with strong local ties. But the 10-year agreement for Tim Hortons Field — the richest in CFL history, with an annual value thought to be in the low seven figures — was no sure thing, team officials involved in the negotiations… Read More »
HAMILTON – Two of Hamilton’s most celebrated brands, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Tim Hortons, today unveiled a landmark ten-year presenting partnership agreement that includes naming rights to Hamilton’s brand-new, world-class stadium set to open in 2014 as Tim Hortons Field. The Tiger-Cats and Tim Hortons have been proud partners for over 30 years and share… Read More »
By Don Muret, Staff Writer The University of California, Berkeley, seeking new ways to generate revenue for the school and its athletic department, is developing a naming-rights package for Memorial Stadium’s football field that could extend to an “innovation lab” at the stadium and other assets on campus. The 2,700-square-foot lab, scheduled to open this fall on the main… Read More »
Attendees at the 2013 Sports Facilities & Franchises Conference got a detailed look at the Ottawa Sports City development, a $500M project led by Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group CEO Bernie Ash, Perkins Eastman Principal John Clifford and Premier Partnerships Managing Director Jeff Marks. Ottawa Sports City will redevelop a 40-acre site at Landsdowne Park… Read More »
Prom season is fast approaching. For some girls, proms are not about “What do I wear?” but “Where do I find the money for a prom dress?” Windsor Fashions, the Los Angeles chain of stores known for its vast selections of prom dresses, helped solve that problem. The retailer stepped in and partnered with the… Read More »
In the summer of 1987, the reclusive Philip Anschutz, then a billionaire in the making, thrust himself into the public eye to pitch Denver officials on an entertainment destination anchored by a new convention center, amusement park and 1,450-room hotel. “Am I crazy?” Anschutz said during an impassioned presentation. “My opponents say I am, but… Read More »
Baseball icon and Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson never played for the franchise in Los Angeles, but marketing and outreach efforts tied to a forthcoming biographical film about the famed second baseman are tapping the L.A. team. The move by Warner Bros., which is distributing the Legendary Pictures-produced “42,” makes sense. Robinson, universally revered for… Read More »
March 25, 2013 These are good days for sponsorship sales agencies. With spending on the rebound, rightsholders are increasingly relying on third-party agencies to develop new programs or take existing initiatives to the next level. “We have received an increase of inquiries from prospective sports and entertainment properties seeking representation. Part of that is driven… Read More »
California played host to one of the most notable events of the year earlier this week – the Oscars!
Grand Central Terminal celebrates its 100th birthday Friday, and it plans to do so in style. A brass band will perform, as will a high school jazz band, the Knicks’ City Dancers and the Westchester Philharmonic Brass Octet.