BLOG | by Joseph Eapen ... If I asked you to think of the traditional homes of distance running, I suspect you’d be pretty far down your list before you got to India. Yet in January next year, more than 45,000 runners will gather in Mumbai for Asia’s largest long-distance race – the Tata Mumbai Marathon. In short, long-distance running is growing fast in India.
DATA INSIGHTS | by YouGov ... Young Americans are still talking about Netflix. For the second year in a row, the streaming giant has topped YouGov’s list of brands that generated the most positive Word of Mouth among US adults aged 18-34.
BLOG | by Charlie Dundas ... As you may have read this month, sports apparel manufacturer New Balance is taking Liverpool FC to court to extend its kit deal with the club. Reports suggest that New Balance matched Nike’s offer, as they were entitled to under a clause in their current contract, only for the Reds to plough ahead with a deal with the Oregon-based manufacturer regardless. We thought we’d take a look at why New Balance is quite so keen to renew its deal with the club.
DATA INSIGHTS | by YouGov ... Bookmaker William Hill has announced that it will close roughly 700 betting shops across the UK. The company claims its hand was forced by the Government’s decision to introduce a lower maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals – pegging it at £2 instead of £100.
BLOG | by Victor Gras ... In the third and final of our series of NFL blogs, as the season begins we thought we’d focus on sponsors. Stadium naming rights are now a common feature of major league sports and the NFL is no different. But, with many being tied up to long-term deals, do they retain an impact on fans?
BLOG | by Edgar Raposo ... This week, Lufthansa announced an extension of its sponsorship deal with Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), Germany’s national football federation.
BLOG | by Ted Harwood ... Bookmaker Paddy Power got the media talking last week over its controversial shirt sponsorship of English Football League club, Huddersfield Town FC.
DATA INSIGHTS | by YouGov ... Premier League champions Manchester City have signed a long-term shirt sponsorship deal with German sportswear brand Puma, ending a 7-year agreement with Nike. The move will put a different logo on players’ chests but also affect loyal fans.
DATA INSIGHTS | by YouGov ... Last week Paddy Power continued their shock-tactic advertising strategy following a long line of provocative stunts, including pretending to cut “C’MON ENGLAND” into the Amazon rainforest before the World Cup and delivering a ‘drunk tank’ to the Royal Ascot for badly behaved punters.
DATA INSIGHTS | by YouGov ... As Andy Murray retired last week (or maybe didn’t – who knows?) we thought we’d take a quick look at the impact his 14-year career made in the UK.