| Tuesday February 11, 2020
|CBS Sports made its deal with William Hill official, unveiling a strategic partnership that designates William Hill as the Official Sports Book and Wagering Data Provider across all CBS Sports platforms. The deal will “reimagine fan engagement through a unique integration of sports betting, media, product and technology” and tip off with initial integrations in March on CBS Sports digital platforms, with a full rollout planned for the fantasy football season. CBS Sports will utilize William Hill’s odds, experts and more than 140 sports books to bolster its current digital offerings. In addition, the partnership includes opportunities to feature William Hill data, odds and markets across CBS television programming. William Hill will receive exclusive rights to promote its brand across CBS Sports’ broad range of digital platforms, including through CBS Sports Fantasy.
“We’re thrilled to launch this momentous partnership, which will allow us to deepen our investment and further extend our leadership in delivering multiplatform sports wagering content, while providing William Hill with unprecedented reach for their market-leading betting platform as they continue to grow their industry-leading U.S. business,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Sports Digital. “The power of our distribution, combined with the strength of our brands and the expertise of William Hill, has us well positioned to tap into the explosive growth of the legal sports betting industry in the U.S. Together, we will deliver even more value to this rapidly growing segment of sports fans.”
“CBS Sports, similar to William Hill, has a longstanding history of connecting fans directly to the biggest events and most iconic moments in sports,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “We are excited about this partnership, with assets including mass-reach digital content products, one of the largest fantasy sports databases and platforms in the world, and leading sports television programming, which will allow us to expand the William Hill brand across America quickly and efficiently.”
The launch of McMahon’s XFL saw its opening numbers from Nielsen, with ABC and ESPN combining to average 2.9 million viewers as both networks kicked off coverage with a pair of games. The DC Defenders’ 31-19 victory over the Seattle Dragons averaged 3,303,000 viewers o Saturday, according to Nielsen. Sunday’s contest between the St. Louis BattleHawks and the Dallas Renegades averaged 2,495,000 viewers. ESPN’s XFL telecast also generated 3.4 million video views across Facebook and Twitter, according to Nielsen Social Content Ratings.
Around the dial, FOX Sports reported that its own XFL game on Saturday drew a 2.3/6 metered market score, around 2.77 million viewers in early estimates. Top markets were led by Houston (5.7/5), St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Atlanta & Kansas City. Sunday’s matchup between the Tampa Bay Vipers and NY Guardians delivered a 2.6/7 in metered markets.
Meanwhile, WrestleMania is heading back to the west coast with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. and WWE announcing that SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park in Los Angeles will host the event on March 28, 2021. “On behalf of everyone at WWE, we are excited to bring WrestleMania back to Los Angeles,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “WrestleMania will set the bar for future sports and entertainment events held at SoFi Stadium as we add this facility to the list of iconic venues that have hosted our pop-culture extravaganza.”
Elsewhere, ESPN’s coverage of the Duke/North Carolina matchup delivered an average of 2.674 million viewers to the channel to rank as the most-viewed college basketball game across all networks this season.
Rounding out viewership numbers, the NFL commissioned Nielsen to conduct to examine group viewing behaviors of NFL fans, announcing that its research found that the Super Bowl averaged 35-40% more viewers per household than the regular season and playoffs, projecting that viewership of the Super Bowl would potentially be closer to 135-140 million.
Turner Sports’ NBA on TNT American Express Road Show will originate from House of Blues in Chicago for NBA All-Star 2020, anchored by a live telecast of TNT’s Inside the NBA and performances by Anderson .Paak (Thursday) and Maroon 5 (Saturday). The multi-day event will open the door for the 69th NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia at United Center on Sunday at 8p. American Express is entering its fourth year as title sponsor of Road Show.
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World TeamTennis announced that the Chicago Smash will become the ninth team in the league ahead of the 2020 season. The Smash will play seven home matches during the league’s 45th season this summer at the Credit Union 1 Arena. World TeamTennis also announced its 2020 schedule ahead of its season 45. The calendar will showcase nine teams and 63 matches over 19 consecutive days from July 12-30. Among the four matchups on WTT’s Opening Night on July 12, the 2018 and 2019 WTT champion Springfield (Mo.) Lasers begin their quest for a three-peat in hosting the Vegas Rollers. Also, the New York Empire, which advanced to the WTT Final for the first time in its four-year history in 2019, play on the road at the Washington (D.C.) Kastles.
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Famed Cognac brand Hennessy and the NBA announced a multiyear partnership
that makes Hennessy the Official Spirit of the NBA, WNBA and USA Basketball. The NBA and Hennessy will tip off their partnership this month during NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago, where Hennessy will serve as an associate partner of the NBA Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles and as a presenting partner of the pre-game red carpet. “We are pleased to be partnering with the NBA, a forward-thinking league that embodies our ‘Never stop. Never settle.’ mantra,” said Giles Woodyer, Senior Vice President, Hennessy U.S. “There’s an energy pulsing through the NBA that compels it to evolve, to push the limits of its own potential. Our new collaborative journey is rooted in this joint passion and will explore the realms of legacy, culture and innovation.”
In addition, as part of NBA All-Star 2020, the league announced that it will support tens of thousands of children across Chicago’s neighborhoods through programs and events tipping off on Wednesday. Together with Chicago Public Schools and more than 40 community-based organizations, including Center on Halsted, Greater Chicago Food Depository, City Year Chicago and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, the NBA’s programs will focus on “promoting physical and mental wellness, teaching the values and fundamentals of the game, creating spaces for open dialogue and mentorship, supporting those in need and empowering the city’s next generation of leaders.”
The Pac-12 announced the addition of Eco-Products to the list of Pac-12 Team Green sponsors as the presenting sponsor for the 2019-20 Zero Waste Challenges. Eco-Products will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Conference’s Zero Waste Challenges for the 2019-20 basketball and 2020 football seasons.
The WTA appointed CSM Sport & Entertainment as their sponsorship sales agency of record. CSM will help the WTA identify, secure and develop commercial partnerships which align with the global leader in women’s professional sport. “Aligning with esteemed brands around the globe who share our ambition for women’s sports has been, and remains, paramount to the WTA’s continued evolution. The WTA has a long history of exhibiting the power of association with some of the world’s most outstanding female athletes,” said Micky Lawler, President of the WTA. “As we appoint CSM as our sponsorship sales agency of record, we are excited to customize new platforms for our partners which will elevate the profile and commercial strength of women’s professional tennis to uncharted levels.”
Axalta, a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, and Hendrick Motorsports have agreed to a five-year contract extension that runs through 2027. The deal sees Axalta serve a primary sponsor of the No. 24 team with driver William Byron for 14 Cup Series races each year beginning in 2021.
Austin FC inked into a multi-year sponsorship with YETI, an outdoor brand best known for its iconic coolers, drinkware and outdoor equipment. YETI will be the MLS expansion side’s official jersey sponsor and newest Founding Partner. “YETI has established itself as an Austin icon,” Austin FC president Andy Loughane said in a statement. “YETI is an Internationally acclaimed brand with passionate supporters who lead active lifestyles and embody the creative energy often found in our sport and widely found in Austin. Austin FC is elated to begin our journey in MLS alongside an Austin legend.”
DIGITAL, DATA & TECH
Yahoo Sports’ multi-year partnership with BetMGM is heading to West Virginia, allowing users of legal age in the state of West Virginia to view betting odds and click through the odds to place bets on BetMGM across a variety of sports. West Virginia becomes the second state in which fans can place bets and transact through Yahoo Sportsbook powered by BetMGM, after first launching in the state of New Jersey in mid-November 2019.
beIN SPORTS announced the launch of beIN SPORTS XTRA on XUMO TV’s free, ad-supported streaming TV service in the US, followed shortly by availability in Canada. beIN SPORTS XTRA joins the growing list of 190+ channels on XUMO.
LatinoBaseball.com is undergoing a relaunch with a more viewer-friendly redesign, revamped content chronicling the growing presence and strong contributions of Latinos in the Major Leagues, the Caribbean and beyond. The site’s coverage features the latest baseball news, interviews and profiles of current players whether they’re All-Stars or stars in the making, plus sections on great individual performances of the past, the Latinos in the Hall of Fame, lifetime statistics, award winners through the years, popular events such as the upcoming opening of the new Roberto Clemente museum exhibit in Puerto Rico and the annual Dominican Day at the Ballpark celebrations in nearly two dozen MLB stadiums across the nation.
DreamHack and ESL North America recruited the US Navy
for a joint partnership that will see the military branch designated an Official Festival Partner at DreamHack Anaheim on February 21-23 as well as DreamHack Dallas on May 22-24. Within the U.S. Navy’s experiential activation onsite, the US Navy will host a LAN station, where fans can challenge Naval officers and veterans to compete in a variety of game titles. As part of this partnership, the US Navy will serve as the first-ever Presenting Partner of BYOC at both Anaheim and Dallas and will be integrated with all aspects of the platform, complete with a dedicated Navy row, Navy-sponsored BYOC tournaments, and officers engaging with BYOC-ers all weekend. In addition, there will also be Naval IT/Engineers available onsite to assist with BYOC set-up and take-down.
Method, a global esports team and esports content creator, announced the launch of a continuous, 24 hours per day, all year round Twitch broadcast. Method will utilize their Twitch channel twitch.tv/method to broadcast non-stop entertainment, including tournaments, shows, podcasts and guest streams. Method Mayhem will feature a number of Player versus Player (PvP) competitions to be broadcasted exclusively on the platform with kick-off events that will be two World of Warcraft 5v5 Arena tournaments, for the European region (February 14 & 15) and North American region (February 15 & 16)
Nerd Street Gamers tapped Populous, the global architecture firm behind some of the world’s largest sporting arenas and esports venues, as its architect for the nationwide expansion of Localhost esports facilities. Populous will serve as the design partner for future Localhosts, helping to create an exciting and social atmosphere for fans and competitors alike. “Populous has the vision the industry needs to create exciting, world-class experiences for players and spectators,” said John Fazio, Founder and CEO of Nerd Street Gamers. “We’re incredibly excited to unleash the incredible talent of this team of artists as they help create inclusive spaces for the esports community.”
TaKeTV and Blizzard Entertainment are teaming up to produce the 2020 Overwatch Contenders season in Europe and North America, with TaKeTV producing and broadcasting European and North American matches live on YouTube. “Overwatch has been dear to us ever since we produced the first-ever offline tournament after the game’s official release in 2016, so this means a great deal,” says David Kugelmann, CPO of TaKeTV. “We’re happy to see the growth of Overwatch both as a game and as an esports title, and we’re looking forward to an exciting year with thrilling matches, great talent, and an amazing community.”
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The National Lacrosse League announced that Katie Lavin has joined the NLL as Vice President of Marketing. Lavin brings over 16 years of experience to the NLL, having held senior marketing roles at 20th Century Fox Filmed Entertainment, Wasserman Media Group, mcgarrybowen, and Wunderman Thompson.
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