In today’s internet era, brand ambassadors are under much more scrutiny than ever before and anything that is offensive, or questionable, in terms of actions or comments can results in them being dropped (and also losing a significant pay check) by brands.
In recent months, Sony Music has signed a deal with Chelsea, Roma has partnered up with Hugo Boss. Strangest of all has been PSG’s and the Rolling Stones, yes the band, teaming up to produce a fashion range.
When undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather (49-0-0) agreed to fight mixed martial artist (MMA) Conor McGregor (who’s boxing record is 0-0-0), he must have thought he would be the easy winner, both inside and outside the ring.
In a previous post I spoke in depth with James Young, Strategic Partnership Lead at Lucozade Sport regarding the brand’s excellent campaign with IBF Heavyweight Champion of the world Anthony Joshua ahead of his unforgettable fight against Wladimir Klitschko.
Most fans probably aren’t aware that Any Given Sunday gave Under Armour its first big break on a global stage and actually helped the company’s sales to grow nearly five times faster than the previous year, to $5 million.
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.