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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 All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), the organising body for the Wimbledon tennis championships, did not approach the market before signing beer brand Stella Artois as a top-level sponsor in a deal signed this month.
The Asian Football Confederation is generating between $18m (€13.1m) and $20m per year from Official Sponsors for its club competitions from 2014, in the 2013-16 cycle, following the addition of a second Chinese brand in as many months, construction machinery manufacturer Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery (SDLG).
The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is struggling to reach its second minimum sponsorship target of $1.3bn (€950m), the amount required to operate the Games without further government subsidy.
Beer brand Budweiser’s decision not to renew its lead partner contract with English football’s FA Cup has highlighted some weaknesses in the competition’s value to sponsors, industry experts said this month.
The PGA Tour’s sponsorship renewal with brewer Anheuser-Busch last month is understood to have included an increased fee that will lift the organisation’s annual sponsorship income of between $550m (€401m) and $600m.
Hans Erik Tuijt, global manager, Heineken Activation, has told Sports Sponsorship Insider of his hope that European clubs and rugby unions will come to a consensus on the future of the Heineken Cup that will prevent an Anglo-French breakaway competition.
Uefa, the governing body of European football, expects to generate between €450m ($581m) and €500m in sponsorship revenue from the Euro 2016 finals, up more than 50 per cent on Euro 2012.
Uefa Champions League sponsorship is at the heart of Dutch beer brand Heineken’s marketing push to hit a target of 100-per-cent growth in its global market share over the next seven years.
Chinese football’s Super League is aiming to earn $25m (€19.25m) per year from a new title sponsorship deal beginning in 2014, a 150-per-cent increase on the current deal with real estate company Dalian Wanda.