BLOG | by Neil Hayes ... The recent restrictions on social gatherings have seen sporting events played behind closed doors – or with a limited number of fans in attendance – leaving many fans searching for alternative ways to follow their favourite sports teams. So where are we now in terms of how fans are accessing content?
BLOG | by Liam Randell ... Do Australian sports and teams do enough to address and support key social issues in Australia? Should brands and partners get involved? And with such a heavy cluster of issues where does sport even begin to identify what sports fans truly care about? Fortunately, our latest YouGov Profiles dataset has these questions covered for you.
BLOG | by Victor Gras ... In the absence of much live sport recently, we wanted to look at how perceptions of sports sponsors may have changed. With reduced exposure for brands, are the benefits deals normally rely on standing up?
BLOG | by Charlie Dundas ... Travel brand Hotels.com extended its interests in football this week by signing a new deal with Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille. The sponsorship follows on from recent deals with English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and UEFA. We thought we’d take a quick look at our data to see if we could see what’s fueling this most recent move.
BLOG | by Charlie Dundas ... HSBC announced this week that it plans to prematurely end its eight-year sponsorship deal with British Cycling. The bank, which has also said that it will axe 35,000 jobs, has seen its profits fall by a third this year, leading to a number of changes – including to its sponsorship strategy. So where does that leave British Cycling as it prepares to head to Tokyo for this year’s Olympic Games?
BLOG | by Joseph Eapen ... Our data gives a resounding ‘yes’. The pre-Christmas Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction fires the pistol for the start of a season which is still three months away. Truth be told, interest in the league is never far beneath the surface of India’s sporting conversation.
BLOG | by Joseph Eapen ... In the weeks when there’s no cricket being played out, soccer in India can be the country’s most-watched sport. Although TV audiences don’t tend to get close to the country’s favourite pastime – watching T20 cricket – it’s testament to the Indian Super League’s organisers that a competition which is only five years old can achieve such a profile.
BLOG | by Sara Eddleston ... As you may have seen, the IOC announced Airbnb as one of its TOP sponsors this week. The deal is the brand’s first foray into sports sponsorship and it will hope that the reported $500m investment will support a trajectory which has so far been pretty stratospheric.
BLOG | by Joseph Eapen ... A definite pecking order now seems to have been established in Indian sport, according to the data we collect every day in India as part of our SportsIndex service. As you would expect, cricket is at the top of that ranking. The percentage of Indians who have ever watched the IPL soars away at 71%. But while the IPL dominates the Indian market, it has not put other sports completely in the shade.
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.