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Major League Soccer clubs earned more than $80m (€72.5m) combined from their main jersey deals in the 2019 season, according to research by SportBusiness Sponsorship.

MLS has become an increasingly attractive platform for brands, enabling it to increase the value of its sponsorships year on year.  

Brighton and Hove Albion’s main shirt and stadium naming rights deal with payment services brand American Express is a club record.

1XBet spent big to oust BetVictor as Liverpool's exclusive betting partner, and MG Motor upgraded its China deal to global

Manchester United’s multi-year licensing and global partnership deal with Hawaiian sunglass brand Maui Jim reflects a new pricing and acquisition strategy for the club’s global partnerships. 

Several Premier League clubs have seen uplifts of 40 per cent or more in the value of their front-of-shirt rights going into the 2019-20 season, SportBusiness Sponsorship has learned.

AB InBev beer brand Budweiser has signed new major partnerships with Spain’s LaLiga and the English Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers has secured a significant increase in the value of its front-of-shirt rights, after striking a new deal with Asian-facing gambling platform ManBetX.

PepsiCo's Gatorade sports drink brand will pay a fee in the low hundred thousands of euros to sponsor LaLiga in four Central American countries, according to industry sources

Alibaba chief executive Jack Ma and Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin were the main movers behind the eight-year deal between Uefa and electronic payments brand Alipay, SportBusiness Sponsorship has learned.

US logistics brand FedEx signed a four-year multi-tournament sponsorship deal with European football’s governing body Uefa to enhance its visibility in European markets.

Italy’s top-tier clubs are set to lose millions of euros per season in sponsorship revenues from next season due to the government ban on betting advertising, which comes into force next month.

Spanish bank Santander has extended its LaLiga title sponsorship by one season – 2020-21 – at a similar fee, SportBusiness Sponsorship has learned. The deal was signed in March.

British sportswear brand Umbro has renewed its kit-supply agreements with Premier League clubs Everton and West Ham.

The partnership is understood to be a three-season deal, from 2019-20 to 2021-22, and builds on AXA’s existing Global Partner agreement with Liverpool.

The deal is the largest ever sponsorship investment in UK women’s sport and comes less than a year after the league went fully professional in September 2018.

Italian FA (FIGC) set to earn €37m from sponsorship rights in 2019 Top Partner deals renewed this month with Eni and Tim

MGM Resorts International has wrapped up its fourth US major league deal with a four-year partnership with Major League Soccer. The deal is understood to be worth between $2m (€1.8

UK cashless payments brand tappit is paying between £1m (€1.1m/$1.3m) and £1.5m per season to partner with Premier League club Manchester City, according to industry sources.