SPONSORSHIP & PROMOTION
Jacksonville University has inked a multiyear deal with Van Wagner Sports Entertainment as the school’s exclusive agent for strategic business partnerships, athletic sponsorship and media rights deal. In addition to building exposure for the university’s athletes across 20 sports, Van Wagner is charged with executing corporate partnerships, encompassing facility signage, in-game promotions and corporate hospitality.
MLB.TV wants to give dad the gift of out-of-market hardball this Father’s Day. During the league’s Father’s Week Sale, it is offering the package at a 50% discount, offering dads (and all other fans) the opportunity to watch the balance of the 2019 schedule for $49.99.
Global publishing platform Minute Media has raised $40 million in its latest funding round, with an eye toward more acquisitions around more content verticals. Minute Media owns and operates five media brands powered by its proprietary technology platform: 90min, DBLTAP and 12up, and its two recently acquired brands As well as Mental Floss and The Big Lead. Combined, Minute Media’s properties reach more than 140 million monthly and feature original content in 12 languages. In the U.S. specifically, Minute Media reached #1 in Comscore’s Video Metrix across the sports sector for unique multi-platform viewers in February, March and April 2019.Combined with the with investments from Hamilton Lane and Maor Investments, the company has raised some $120 million to date, including earlier contributions include Battery Ventures, Goldman Sachs, ProSieben, Dawn Capital, Qumra Capital, Vintage Investment Partners and Gemini Israel Ventures.
“With the commercial momentum we’re experiencing as an organization, growing at 100% year-on-year, we’re purposely focusing investment on the deepening of our publisher product and tech offering — a part of our business that is rapidly expanding. Additionally, the new capital enables us to continue to be aggressive on the M&A front, constantly looking to acquire premium publishing brands across new content verticals and within new markets,” said Asaf Peled, Founder & CEO.
The league’s logo is the subject of the latest installment of podcast, Building a Champion. Over two installments, former NBA player and executive Dave Wohl will delved into Jerry West’s career as Mr. Clutch and his post-playing days in various teams’ front office. The pair discuss the state of today’s game and his opinions on such notables as Magic Johnson and Lebron James.
Tunity has added former ESPN research executive Artie Bulgrin to its advisory board, which provides the TV analytics company insights about industry best practices, measurement advancements, consumer behaviors, and client feedback. Bulgrin, a 21 year veteran of ESPN until 2017, is currently executive vice president of insights and strategy at lab-based research firm MediaScience.
Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final sees St. Louis looking for its first NHL title as the Blues visit the Boston Bruins on NBC at 8p.
ON THIS DAY in 2011, the Dallas Mavericks won their only NBA championship, beating the Miami Heat 4 games to 2.
In the Know: Who was the Conn Smythe winner the last time there was a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company and city).
Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: In 2015, this US player in the Women’s World Cup made history that included scoring the fastest goal from kickoff in a final, scoring in the third minute. Answer: Carli Lloyd. Congrats: Anne Wetlig-Fox Sports, Los Angeles; David Westberg-SAG AFTRA Federal Credit Union, Burbank; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group, Boca Raton; Bradon Morales-NYU, New York; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions, Los Angeles; Art Salisch-CBS-TV, New York; Dan Weiner-Conde Nast, Los Angeles; Joe Lyons-ESPN, Dallas; Traci Liner- Endeavor, New York; and Mike May-PHIT America, Wellington, Fla.
Later — Chris