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.
Newly-promoted Serie A club Bologna FC is understood to be close to signing a sixth Premium Partner, which will help push sponsorship income up by 50 per cent on two seasons ago in the 2015-16 season, according to Sports Sponsorship Insider estimates.