Author: Dave Claxton

I'm a PR professional and former journalist for SportTechie. I'm blogging about how business is increasingly impacting sports in this ever connecting world.
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Interview: How Macron Has Grown To Challenge The Biggest Sports Brands (Part 1)

Being a smaller sporting brand can be tough. The odds seemed stacked against you when comparing yourself to the Adidas’ and Nike’s of this world. Macron (not named after the new French President, more on that in part two) is an Italian brand founded in 1971. Back then it was a distributor of American sportswear brands in Italy. By 1994, it began to expand rapidly and by 2001 had just won the sponsorship of its first professional sports team, Bologna FC, which it still sponsors now.

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How The Rio Olympics Inspired Avon To Sign Landmark Deal With Liverpool Women’s Team

You might remember my recent post of the rise of the women’s game across the world. It focused heavily on beauty brand Avon signing a historic deal to sponsor Liverpool women’s football team. It was a first of its kind type of deal, in which Avon became the first female brand to sponsor a women’s professional football team and also becomes Liverpool’s first independent shirt sponsor to that of its male counterpart.

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What Deloitte’s Football Money League Report Tells Us

To football fans 1997 must seem like a lifetime ago. The mercurial Eric Cantona would unexpectedly announce his retirement from the sport, while the Brazilian legend Ronaldo would shatter the world transfer record fee, moving from Barcelona to Inter Milan for a then whopping £19.5 million. It was also the first year that Deloitte, the financial services giant, would publish its ‘Football Money League’ report detailing which clubs earned the most money in the last season.