Simplifying the way organisations and individuals use technology is the overarching aim of software company SAP. Sports sponsorship is a great way to reinforce this message, Chris Burton, Head of Global Sponsorship at SAP, told Sport Sponsorship Insider.
The global appeal of football is central to payment services company Western Union’s deal with the Uefa Europa League but the brand is considering refining its portfolio to reach more consumers in North America and Asia, Marc Audrit, vice president, global brand for Western Union told Sports Sponsorship Insider.
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.
Sponsorship has proven a “flexible instrument” to financial services company UniCredit that has supported brand building and will provide a platform for future business related objectives, Daniele Penna, head of strategic sponsorships at UniCredit Group told Sports Sponsorship Insider.
Since the New Year, the Australian Stock Exchange-listed ANZ Banking Group has bolstered its portfolio of sponsorships in Australasia and Asia by extending sponsorship’s of the Australian Open tennis championship and ANZ Championship netball competition.
State-owned Dutch bank ABN AMRO is set to overhaul its sponsorship strategy in the summer of 2014 and stablise its focus on partnerships with properties in the Netherlands, Ernst Boekhorst, manager of sponsoring and events at ABN AMRO and director of the ABN AMRO foundation, told Sports Sponsorship Insider.
Sponsorship revenue from the ATP World Tour Finals will rise to around £15m (€18m/$24m) this year, comprising around 25 per cent of the Association of Tennis Professionals’ total sponsorship income in 2013.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has signed a $2m (€1.5m)-per-year deal with software company SAP to become to a Global Premier Partner from 2013 to 2016.
Pensions and insurance company Aegon dropped the youth participation element of its Lawn Tennis Association sponsorship to focus on potential customers, but remains committed to sponsoring tennis.
French brands Peugeot, Lacoste and Longines are all longstanding official partners of the prestigious international Grand Slam tennis tournament, Roland-Garros (the French Open).