October 4, 2023


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A Guide For Sports Organisations To Partnering With A Cryptocurrency Provider

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A single of the most obvious tendencies in the sporting earth considering the fact that the emergence of COVID is the elevated prominence of cryptocurrency makes in the earth of sporting activities sponsorship. According to Nielsen’s Global Interactive Marketing Report,[1] expenditure by blockchain and cryptocurrency organizations in sports activities sponsorship is approximated to attain US$5 billion by 2026. In the exact report, Nielsen estimate that investment decision by cryptocurrency and blockchain brand names in sport sponsorship will boost by 778% when in comparison to the concentrations of financial investment in 2021 for context, expenditure in activity sponsorship by automotive brands is projected to rise by 5% from 2021 to 2026.

In February of this 12 months, Manchester United agreed a multi-yr deal with Tezos for sponsorship of the schooling kit of its men’s and women’s teams. Manchester United’s announcement[2] of the offer mentions the introduction of “followers to Internet3 technologies via the Tezos blockchain” and “many new admirer encounters created on the Tezos blockchain”. Only a several weeks afterwards, Manchester City introduced[3] that OKX, a world cryptocurrency trade, is to come to be the club’s “Official Cryptocurrency Exchange Partner”. It is now becoming noted that Liverpool are checking out the chance of a entrance-of-shirt sponsorship offer[4] with a cryptocurrency trade from the 2023/24 year onwards.

This trend in sponsorship investment decision isn’t just limited to soccer. As of Christmas Day 2021, Staples Center, the property of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, was renamed the Crypto.com Arena. This adds to Crypto.com’s now impressive suite of athletics sponsorships: a multi-yr battle apparel deal with the UFC, an agreement to be a “Global Partner” of Formulation 1 and the “Official Cryptocurrency System Partner” of Paris Saint-Germain.

The sums associated in the majority of these cryptocurrency sponsorships are sizeable and rightsholders across the sporting environment are understandably getting notice – however, specified the nature of these specials, it is important for both equally the rightsholder and the sponsor to ensure they are minimising the pitfalls concerned from a authorized, regulatory and compliance perspective. 

This write-up examines the methods that athletics organisations should really get when taking into consideration these types of a partnership, like:

  • Because of diligence
  • Payments
  • What should the sponsorship go over?
  • Lawful threats


Joshua Kay