The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) hopes a planned revamp of the Scottish League Cup’s structure will help to secure a title sponsor from the start of next season’s tournament as energy company Utilita Energy steps in as presenting partner for the remainder of 2015-16.
UK-based telecommunications company BT will sponsor the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), the governing body for the sport in Scotland, for three years, from 2015 to 2018, as shirt sponsor of the Scotland national rugby union team under a deal signed this month.
Sporting good manufacturer New Balance this month signed a five-year deal with Scottish Premiership team Celtic as part of its plan to become a top-three football brand.
For this year’s rugby union autumn internationals, Sports Sponsorship Insider surveyed the sponsorship portfolios of the leading nations: Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.
Industry experts have labelled sponsorship sales for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow a success after the event closed on a number of supplier deals this month to complete its programme and reach record Commonwealth revenues.
The creation of a new European club rugby tournament and an increase in competition for qualification to the tournament from Pro12 clubs were driving factors behind an increase in the value of title sponsorship rights for rugby union’s Pro12 league.
The Scottish Professional Football League this month agreed a three-year deal with soft drinks brand Irn Bru, boosting its annual sponsorship revenue to around £1m (€1.2m/$1.6m), with its most valuable title sponsorship still to sell.