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Mixed martial arts promotion the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has signed up Mexican beer brand Modelo Especial in a multi-year deal for the US market only.

Japanese e-commerce brand Rakuten is almost certain to have paid the highest fee in the first sales round of NBA team jersey patch rights under its deal with NBA champions the Golden State Warriors, from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Global technology company IBM has extended its US Open sponsorship for five years, from 2017 to 2021, in a deal comprising cash, value in kind and minimum advertising commitments.

The world’s fourth-largest general-purpose card network uses sponsorship of major sports properties in the US to provide its card members with ticket offers and money-can’t-buy experiences.

Payment services brand American Express has signed an extension to its marketing partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), continuing as the Official Card of the NBA, WNBA and the NBA G League, the official minor league organisation, from 2017-18.

German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom and its mobile network brand T-Mobile is using sponsorship to improve its market share in key markets and to boost brand awareness and sales

Alfa Romeo, the car maker owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will serve as a Global Partner of golf’s Presidents Cup, the biennial national team match-play event between the USA and an international team, under a deal agreed last month.

UK-based betting company William Hill has focused its sponsorship efforts on sports in order to increase its market share in the UK and consolidate its position in key international markets

Flag carrier Qatar Airways this month became the latest major company to sign a deal with Formula E – having decided that the series has reached critical mass and good level of credibility – as the brand bolsters its portfolio ahead of the end of its Barcelona shirt deal.

Geico is the largest media buyer in the car insurance sector, spending $1bn (€937m) on advertising in 2016.

Loren Angelo, vice president of marketing for carmaker Audi of America, opened the second day of the IEG conference in Chicago with a presentation explaining how the brand had moved from a challenger in…

Jim Andrews, senior vice president at IEG and ESP Properties, opened the 34th IEG Conference in Chicago on Sunday afternoon by explaining this year’s conference name: Pivot.

A sports sponsorship needs to align with the sponsor brand's wider marketing and business strategies and directly drive business. It’s a line you hear from brand representatives at almost every sport business conference

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.

Honda-owned luxury car brand Acura this month signed its first major sports sponsorship agreement, securing a three-year shirt deal with Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.