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Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo is understood to have paid an extra $5m (€4.4m) per year to upgrade from title sponsor of the Sauber Formula One Team to full team rights.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International is paying $180m (€158m) per season to sponsor the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team, according to sources close to the deal.

SportBusiness Sponsorship has conducted research into the top five leagues in European football, covering over two thousand deals. Our findings are presented in a series of interactive data reports

This season Telecom Italia renewed its title sponsorship with Serie A. At €15m per season, this is the league’s biggest central deal. Te

Atalanta’s renewal with online gaming company StarCasinò shows that clubs in Italy’s Serie A are still agreeing deals with gambling brands from the sector despite legislation that outlaws such agreements from…

Betting company Yabo Sport has been unveiled as an International Presenting Sponsor in Asia for Serie A, the top tier of Italian club football

Italy’s national football federation has signed a new partnership with luxury Italian brand Emporio Armani.

Italian Serie A club AC Milan has signed a new Official Partner deal with US car rental firm Avis

Inter Milan has signed a partnership with DentalPro, the largest private dental group in Italy, with the Serie A football club stating the “unique” deal will seek to promote the importance of healthy tee…

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Japanese tyre brand Falken Tire has tripled its investment in European football clubs since the 2015-16 season in an ongoing brand awareness campaign that now comprises between 20 and 30 per cent of its…

The €18m ($20.7m) investment of India’s Balkrishna Industries (BKT) in this month’s deal to title sponsor France’s football league cup, the Coupe de la Ligue, followed its €7.5m invest

Italy’s top football league, Lega Serie A, ought to be on course for a decent increase in the value of its centrally-sold sponsorship rights from the €34m ($40m) it earned in 2017-18, having agreed deals this month for the Serie A title sponsorship, Official Ball Supplier and Official Video Gaming licensing rights for the next three seasons. 

AC Milan's new owners want to build on the heritage of success-with-style but expand the club’s horizons to become a global brand with a footprint that extends from China to the US. 

Juventus is different. Doing things differently has become one of the touchstones of the Italian club’s projection of itself as a global brand.

Italian Serie A club AS Roma this month agreed a deal for ride-sharing service Uber to become the club’s innovation and mobility partner until the end of the 2017-18 season.

 

Japanese car manufacturer Honda has agreed a second consecutive one-year deal with cycling’s Giro d’Italia, having enjoyed strong sales in the country last year, following four years of poor sales.

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 2017, we have researched over 800 deals, 41 sports and 11 selected markets to map out the sponsorship landscape of international federations and national governing bodies.

The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) has added carmaker Renault to its sponsorship portfolio and renewed its agreement with the NH Hotels chain as it looks to return its total sponsorship revenue to its 2013 high water mark.

Japanese carmaker Toyota last month added major National Olympic Committee (NOC) sponsorship properties in support of its record-breaking Olympic Global Partner agreement.

Controversy caused by the Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) sponsorship deal with online sports betting company Intralot is unlikely to deter other betting companies from investing in Italian football.

A clutch of sponsorship deals was agreed this month by clubs from Italy’s top two basketball leagues, all with values in the low hundreds of thousands of euros. The relatively low value of the deals shows how far the sponsorship market has collapsed for Italian club basketball over the last decade.

Napoli has become one of the first clubs in Italy’s Serie A to make use of the new space available for sponsors on the rear of club shirts, in its deal this month with Italian coffee maker Caffè Kimbo.

Italian Serie A club Juventus’s renewal of its deal with Samsung this month is part of a sweep of deals set to push the club’s sponsorship revenues to over €70m ($61.4m) in the 2015-16 season, the highest of any Italian club and more than a 30-per-cent increase on the 2014-15 season.