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Visa decided to sponsor women’s football in Europe and the men’s African Cup of Nations because it was pursuing “targeted opportunities” among women and mobile payment adopters respectively. In

PROJECT DETAILS Sponsorship title: Total, Official Partner of the Confederation of African Football Duration of sponsorship: 2017-2024 Entered by: Lagardere Sports

PROJECT DETAILS Sponsorship title: Audi, Official Vehicle Partner to Cricket South Africa and the Proteas Duration of sponsorship: 2014-2017 Entered by: Levergy Sports and Entertainment Marketing

For 2017, we have researched over 1,400 deals across 27 countries and covering 92 rights fees to map out the sponsorship landscape of rugby union.

For 2016-17, we have researched 249 properties, including 43 deal values, across 99 logistics brands to map out the sponsorship landscape in the logistics sector.

A dispute between the Premier Soccer League and South African Football Association over the latter’s signing of a sponsorship deal with insurance company OUTsurance will head to arbitration.

Russian gambling brand 1XBet has had its UK site suspended after a Sunday Times investigation exposed the brand for taking bets on children's sport

Dubai-based airline Emirates has renewed its title sponsorship agreement with South African Super Rugby franchise the Lions

Korean electronics brand Samsung has entered into a partnership with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and will benefit from brand exposure on the national team’s shorts as part of the agreement.

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For 2016-17, we have researched 2,362 deals, across 32 countries, with 90 new deal values to map out the sponsorship landscape in non-European football.

Nigerian Breweries, a subsidiary of Dutch brewing giant Heineken, is set to spend close to $20m (€17.9m) in football sponsorship for its Star Lager brand in the next five seasons in deals agreed this summer with Nigeria’s football league and a group of top European clubs.

Oil and gas company Total has added to its continental football portfolio and more than tripled the annual value of the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) top sponsorship package.

African telecommunications company Vodacom is increasing its brand presence in rugby to improve brand perception among current and potential mobile post-pay customers.

TV Sports Markets' Richard Welbirg looks at Cricket Australia's media rights in sub-Saharan Africa 

Carmaker Audi’s sponsorship of the South African national cricket team, the Proteas, began in December 2014 at the start of the West Indies tour of South Africa.

Rugby union is an increasingly attractive proposition to South African telecoms companies because of its ABC1 audience that can afford subscriptions fees for pay-television platforms. Rugby union is broadcast exclusively on pay-television in South Africa. This audience has led to a crowded sponsorship marketplace.

An increased digital media component was central to African telecoms group Vodacom’s title sponsorship renewal of Super Rugby.

Soft drinks group Coca-Cola is providing cash fee and promotional support as one of seven sponsors of the Air Race 1 World Cup, a new three-event race series, which launched, June 7, in Monastir, Tunisia.

London Stock Exchange-listed Standard Chartered Bank this month signed a three-year extension, from 2016-17 to 2018-19, to its main sponsor agreement with English Premier League club Liverpool. The deal was signed with more than one year still to run on the previous two year extension, from 2014-15 to 2015-16.

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team this month signed a deal with Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense as the team’s commercial programme continues to thrive in the face of on-track troubles.

To mark the start of the 2015 FIM MotoGP World Championship, Sports Sponsorship Insider has completed a survey of the sponsorship portfolios for the top four MotoGP teams – Ducati, Movistar Yamaha, Monster Yamaha and Repsol Honda – the race title sponsors and the central MotoGP World Championship sponsors.

White goods manufacturer Beko is considering its long-term sponsorship strategy after its Barcelona deal showed good results.

Swiss watchmaker Swatch last month signed a deal with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and its promoter Beach Major Company to return to the sport as the title sponsor of the Beach Volleyball Major Series in 2015.

Bernie Ecclestone has told Sports Sponsorship Insider that Formula One Management, the motorsport’s commercial rights-holder, has not failed in its efforts to sell title sponsorships to its Formula One Grands Prix this season.