National, April 5th, 2016: GroupM’s ESP Properties (the Entertainment & Sports arm of GroupM) and SportzPower (India’s leading provider of sports business news) released the 2016 report on sports sponsorship in India. Sports sponsorship grew by 12.3% in 2015 to Rs. 51,854 Mn. in India. This number is 10.4% of the total Indian AdEx in 2015 (reported by GroupM’s “This Year, Next Year”).
Into its third edition now, this comprehensive report on the Indian sports sponsorship market discusses the success of non-cricket leagues, fan engagement and how brands can maximise value from association from sports. The report covers the size of the sports industry of India in 4 parts — On Ground Sponsorship, Team Sponsorship & Franchise Fee, Athlete Management, and On Air sponsorship investments. The report also examines how while cricket continues to be the biggest chunk in the sports industry pie, non-cricket sports are emerging as growth drivers.
Vinit Karnik- Business Head, ESP Properties emphasised how sports can be harnessed as a successful communication medium by brands. He said, “There is definitely a cultivated sense of understanding between corporate sponsors, sports teams and federations. A symbiotic marketing relationship has emerged within the sporting ecosystem in India. 2015 saw Sports accounting for 10.4% of the total media spend, which is a 12.3% increase from the previous calendar year. 2016 will be fantastic for not only players and federations, but also for brands and spectators, with a deeper engagement with sporting properties.”
“Sports other than cricket have successfully established themselves in terms of revenue and fandom within the Indian sporting firmament,” said Thomas Abraham, Co-Founder, SportzPower. He added, “Sports like Kabaddi and Football have massively increased sponsorship revenues in 2015 and we saw return editions of sports like Tennis and Hockey as well. The successful launch of the Pro Wrestling League bodes well for 2016, which will see the advent of more franchise based leagues. We expect 2016 to be a good year for Cricket as well as Other Sports, generating ad spends and clocking in corporate investments at an exponential pace.”
2016 is a great year for the sporting community, including emerging talent, federations, broadcasters and fans. As the Indian market opens up to new sporting leagues and new forms of exhibition, there is great interest in sports such as Football, Tennis, and Running, to name a few. Brands that have made investments in sporting events early on are seeing greater returns on their investment over the last 2 years. With the advent of non-cricketing sports taking a share of the sponsorship pie, emerging talent is exposed to international players, better coaching techniques and greater interesting in their chosen game. With this kind of exposure, the next 3 to 5 years will also see heightened attention from broadcasters, as they look at newer platforms to increase advertising engagement. The ultimate winner however will be the Indian sports fan, as the market will cater to their need for consumption in both mass and niche sporting action.
About ESP Properties:
ESP Properties is a new type of sports and entertainment marketing agency, dedicated to helping rights holders take advantage of digital and data driven changes in the media landscape. It is part of WPP’s GroupM. ESP Properties is dedicated to helping properties better understand their audiences, develop more relevant ways to engage with them, and provide potential brand partners more valuable ways to connect with their communities of fans.
SportzPower is the media brand from Sportz Network Pvt Ltd, an independently-owned company operating in the significant areas of media, marketing, and events in India's fast developing sports industry. SportzPower has established itself as a credible source for current and comprehensive information, knowledge and insight to a targeted audience involved in the business and management of sports. SportzPower's online and offline properties are designed with an aim to benefit professionals from all sports industry stakeholders in the Indian and international markets, through direct or indirect participation.
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