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Sports Partnerships

George Draper discusses Sports Partnerships and their influence on Brand Awareness.

Sports partnerships are by no means a new phenomenon, but in an age in which marketing is a core part of building a brand, they are proving to be more valuable for both brand and player than ever before. We are all familiar with the idea of sponsorships in every sport, from simply popping a logo on a uniform in Football to the intense involvement through resource provision in F1, but are we all aware of just how much influence these partnerships can have on brand awareness? Find out more about this, below.

Benefits for The Brand

Brands do not sponsor players out of the good of their heart, at least not entirely. Through sponsoring leading or promising players, they are slapping their logo and their brand right on a uniform, car, pitch or any other piece of equipment depending on the sport. From cryptocurrency firm eToro sponsoring Gael Monfils to the new partnership between Honda and Red Bull in F1, sportsmen and fans alike are being introduced to new partnerships and industries constantly but for these leading brands, this is the perfect opportunity to build a better brand image for themselves and promote healthy consumer relationships.

In a sense, they are not just plastering their brand over a player, they are building up a rapport. By providing ongoing sponsorship support, especially during big seasons and intense times within the game's season, they are helping aid up and coming stars and sporting masters through their season. In return, they are given an influential spokesperson, opening up their brand to an entirely different market.

Benefits for The Player

worthless to the players if there was not something 'in it for them', so to speak. While the obvious benefit would be money, players can benefit from awareness, publicity and in some cases can even see their career go from amateur to pro. Sponsorship often allows up-and-coming players the chance to take a step back from having to work to earn money and put more of their time and energy into training, ultimately improving their chances of making something of themselves.

In the case of teams, sponsorships benefit by getting hold of funds and resources to be able to travel, compete in top events and even simply expose the team to further publicity on some scale. Without these sponsorships, teams can often be low on resources, lack the money to move around stadiums or courts and more.

Are There Any Challenges?

Of course, as with anything, there are challenges that sports partnerships can face. From inflexible contracts that can leave either the brand or sportsman stuck within a deal that may not be benefiting either side, to the simple fact that sports sponsorships only seem to be reaching particular generations directly, there are limitations with this form of marketing that brands are starting to quickly pick up on.

Sports partnerships have the potential to change sports and sports stars as we know them. Brand awareness is important for businesses, but when sponsorships take a step too far towards celebrity; this can have a negative effect on the player and the brand as a whole.

There is no denying that this form of marketing is still highly popular today, but brands may need to start looking for ways to bypass and overcome the challenges at hand. What do you think?


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  • DRAPER, G. (2018) Sports Partnerships [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/articles/article357.htm [Accessed

About the Author

George Draper is a Content Marketing Executive with Absolute Digital Media.

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