Philips Arena in Atlanta is being renamed after State Farm locked in a deal to snag naming rights to the venue, now called State Farm Arena. The venue is expected to reopen in October as the Hawks celebrate their 50th year in Atlanta. Reports state that the price tag for the arena name change hovered around $200 million.
This year’s College Colors Day is slated to take place on Aug. 31, when more than 195 million college fans nationwide to unleash their colors by wearing gear to support their favorite school. The annual holiday, created by IMG College Licensing (IMGCL), sees fans rep their college colors and share photos and video on social media using the hashtag #CollegeColorsDay. Fans can also visit www.CollegeColorsDay.com for 30% cash back on new collegiate merchandise and can also use the website to enter for the chance to win a variety of prizes.
Meanwhile, ESPN kicked off Everything Matters, the inaugural spot in a fan-first campaign that is part of the ongoing “Who’s In?” effort. Schools represented in the initial kickoff spot include: Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, USC, Texas, Washington. Notre Dame, Clemson, Texas A&M, UCF and Miami. The campaign will run across ESPN and ABC platforms during the college football season, with new spots in rotation as the season progresses.
Sept. 9 sees Buffalo Wild Wings unveil a new partnership with DraftKings for a custom game that will be exclusively available in all Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants this 2018 football season in addition to a new advertising campaign, titled “Escape to Football”. Blazin’ Fantasy Football will be available on mobile through the Blazin’ Rewards App, and made exclusively available to guests at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants, offering multiple chances to win prizes such as free wings for a year, Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Cards, Blazin’ Reward Points, and more. There will be a total of 600 weekly winners.
The U.S. golf industry is launching the #inviteHER campaign for current golfers to encourage the women in their lives to start playing. Powered by the LPGA Women’s Network and WE ARE GOLF’s Women’s Task Force, golfers – men and women alike – are encouraged to bring friends, colleagues and family to join them on the course through online resources and social media assets. “The appetite for golf is at a historic level with a latent demand of 38 million Americans,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation, administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “Last year, 35 percent of the game’s 2.6 million new players were female and we are confident #inviteHER is a huge step in the right direction to continue increasing this number while making the game more inclusive.”
Monumental Sports & Entertainment reached a multi-year extension with Lexus, which includes retaining the full naming rights of the suite level at Capital One Arena, home of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, and the Lexus Parking Garage. In addition, Lexus will remain an official vehicle of Capital One Arena.
FanDuel Group and global publishing platform Minute Media announced the launch of The Duel, a fan-generated digital platform focused on fantasy sports and sports betting news and information. The partnership will, according to the announcement, “blend together authentic, fan-fueled editorial content alongside expert-led video and audio programming for the growing segment of fantasy sports and betting fanatics” and serve as a hub for the most popular fantasy sports, betting, and sports entertainment content across NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAAF, NCAAB, and PGA. The platform will also feature expert audio and video content from popular FanDuel personalities including JJ Zachariason, Jim Sannes, and Brandon Gdula.
Facebook Watch is going global, announcing that the platform will now be available everywhere. The company reports that every month, more than 50 million people in the US come to watch videos for at least a minute in Watch — and total time spent watching videos in Watch has increased by 14X since the start of 2018. In addition, the company is launching its Ad Breaks product in more countries around the world, starting with the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Stadium makes esports pact with ESP Gaming
- ESL Pro League locks in season eight CS:GO plans
- Golden Guardians get Fathead treatment
- Toyota’s Thailand maneuver
- Riot makes a vow
- LoL’s LA Lane
Primetime at the US Open on ESPN2 at 7p.