Global sports marketing agency to serve as the team’s third-party agency to identify a jersey patch partner and international-based team partnerships
NEW YORK, October 4, 2022 – The New York Knicks have selected global sports marketing agency SPORTFIVE to secure the team’s next jersey patch sponsor, it was announced today.
As part of the new relationship, SPORTFIVE will serve as the Knicks’ exclusive sales agency in the search for its next jersey patch partner. The agency will leverage its extensive market intelligence, unparalleled global sales network, and vast experience in securing the ideal global brand partner for the team’s jersey patch across domestic and international markets.
The Knicks jersey patch is one of the most exclusive and prominent sponsorship opportunities in all of sports. As one of the NBA’s original teams, the Knicks have a rich history and the team’s playing in New York City – the global epicenter of entertainment and finance – would give a prospective partner a significant spotlight. Along with the jersey patch, a partner would receive significant assets across the board through the diverse portfolio of MSG Sports & MSG Entertainment, which includes Madison Square Garden, The World’s Most Famous Arena, MSG Network, and other major venue, television, and digital exposure.
In addition to the jersey patch, SPORTFIVE will look for partnerships for the Knicks with international-based brands through the NBA’s International Marketing Program.
“The next Knicks jersey patch partner will be woven into the fabric of our organization’s identity,” said David Hopkinson, President & COO, Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. “This patch will be worn by some of the world’s greatest athletes and deeply engrained into one of the most iconic brands in professional sports. We are excited to collaborate with SPORTFIVE on identifying the right partner for the New York Knicks.”
“The New York Knicks are one of the most historic franchises in the NBA, and as a team playing in the “Mecca of Basketball,” they are an integral part of the fabric of New York,” said Neil Glat, Co-President, Americas for SPORTFIVE. “We are thrilled to be working with the Knicks on the team’s next jersey patch partnership; this is a tremendous opportunity to find the right brand partner that will be an ideal fit for the Knicks and their fans.”
SPORTFIVE has an experienced and robust international workforce providing cutting edge services to sports rightsholders around the world. The agency manages rights and delivers premium events across more than 30 different sports, some of which include Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Boston Athletic Association (Boston Marathon), the Bundesliga, English Football Association (FA), English Premier League, Flamengo, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, LPGA, New York Jets, and PGA TOUR, among many others. On average, SPORTFIVE generates over $1 billion in gross sales per year, on behalf of its valued rightsholder clients.
About Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (MSG Sports) is a leading professional sports company, with a collection of assets that includes: the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL); two development league teams – the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, an NBA 2K League franchise. MSG Sports also operates two professional sports team performance centers – the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, NY and the CLG Performance Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information is available at www.msgsports.com.
SPORTFIVE is a global sports marketing agency that delivers customer-centric solutions based on trust and transparency, deep industry experience and global relationships, digital intelligence and innovation. SPORTFIVE strategically and creatively connects brands, rights-holders, media platforms and fans to create and enable contemporary partnerships in sports.
While creating and growing long-term value for all, SPORTFIVE often leads the sports business into the future through innovative digital solutions and strives to be the most progressive and respected partner in sports.
Being at the centre of professional sport SPORTFIVE will use its unique position, in order to make a positive contribution to sustainability and to live up to the social and economic duty and responsibility, which sport and consequently all parties involved, also have.
SPORTFIVE operates with a global mindset and network of over 1,200 local experts based in 15 countries around the world, active in Football, Golf, Esports, Motorsport, Handball, Tennis, American Football, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Rugby, Olympics and Multi-Sport Events and many more.