Timberwolves search for jersey sponsor, to promote social awareness


The Minnesota Timberwolves season is officially over, and that the team is looking to turn the page, he wants to use the sponsored patch on the jerseys of the players to understand a society which aligns with the renewal of its mission to fight racism and social inequality.The Timberwolves’ current partnership with Fitbit has expired, and the team’s COO Ryan Tanke told CNBC, the club is looking for a sponsor who will help “create an impact in our community” and “to be a champion of social promotion” as the Minnesota community continues to heal following the death of George Floyd. (The Fitbit is in the process of being acquired by Google.)

“What we’ve learned is that it is much more than just a physical patch, and it is certainly the most visible expression of the relationship,” Tanke said. “But if we find the right partner, it actually becomes an extension of our organization. ”

Recipes aside, the Timberwolves have been the most hit organizations throughout the sports industry since 12 March, when the NBA season has been suspended due to Covid-19. The Floyd’s killing, which happened while he was in custody of four Minnesota police, have an impact on the team, and in-house, the Timberwolves have also been hit.

Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns ‘ mother, Jacqueline, died on 13 April because of Covid-19. Tanke said that the two events are ” extremely important “, adding Floyd to kill ” unlocked for us, this chance to be a leader and voice with Minneapolis to be the epicentre of this. ”

“We want to be a leading voice against social injustice and systemic racism,” he said.

The National Basketball Association shirt patch program has been extended, after a trial of three years to run in 2016. For the first time this season, the jersey patch partnerships have been sold. According to the Sports Business Journal, the program has generated more than 150 million euros for the league.

Patch offers to the most important markets usually start in the low eight figures, with smaller-sized markets, ranging from mid-to-high seven figures. The Golden State Warriors have the most expensive patch agreement ($20 million per season) with the Japanese ad-tech company Rakuten. The Los Angeles Lakers have an agreement with the technology company of Wish for approximately $ 14 million per season.

The Timberwolves are using the management and marketing of the central agency Excel Sports to manage his opening jersey patch account. Emilio Collins, Excel Sports Management’s chief business officer, said more brands are showing “the responsibility of enterprises and social initiatives … more marked and visible so that we have never seen before,” since the pandemic.

Collins said brands to see the value of patch up partnerships by using the league’s global reach and its ” young and multi-cultural community of fans. ”

Collins, who was an executive at the NBA office when the patch startup programs, view on the ideal partner for the Timberwolves as a brand “that has a story to tell as a market and beyond,” he said.

“We need an organization that sees this asset, this type of partnership as a game-changing catalyst for their business and their brand,” Collins said. “They need to see a great value in the Minnesota market, as well as the national audience to the NBA, the fans … combined with a real desire to make a real impact in the communities. ”

Tanke said the Timberwolves are engaged in ” active conversations that we’re excited about. “He added that the team was disappointed that he didn’t get an invitation to go back to the game in Orlando next month, but he added,” there are also advantages to be able to turn one page and turn 100% of our attention in the 2020-21 season. “


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