Clarification of Phrases

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All through this text we are going to discover which NFL naming rights sponsors are getting the very best return on funding by analyzing social media affinity from the Zoomph database. First, we could have an evidence of phrases. Then we are going to breakdown the very best and worst sponsors by unfold, plus an evaluation of the very best and worst sectors for common affinity. Lastly, we are going to discover fascinating insights all through the league and a cross comparability of groups.

Clarification of Phrases

Hardcore NFL Followers = Twitter followers which have been recognized as having an curiosity in American soccer + observe the official NFL Twitter account.

Hardcore X Group Followers = Twitter followers that use key phrases (ex: “Steelers” for the Pittsburgh Steelers) and observe X crew’s official account.

Affinity = The quantity of folks that observe a sure model as in comparison with the inhabitants.

Hardcore NFL Followers Affinity = The quantity of folks that observe X model divided by the quantity of hardcore NFL followers.

Hardcore X Groups Affinity = The quantity of folks that observe X model divided by the quantity of hardcore X groups followers.

Hardcore NFL Followers Listed (Affinity) = Hardcore NFL Followers Affinity divided by Hardcore X Groups Affinity.

Hardcore X Groups Listed (Affinity) = Hardcore X Groups Affinity divided by Hardcore NFL Followers Affinity.

Unfold = The distinction between:

Hardcore X Groups Listed Affinity for the naming rights sponsor divided by the Hardcore NFL Followers Listed Affinity for the naming rights sponsor


Hardcore X Groups Listed Affinity for the naming rights sponsors competitor’s common divided by the Hardcore NFL Followers Listed Affinity for the naming rights sponsors competitor’s common.

Now, it’s time for kickoff.

High 3 – Finest Partnerships by Unfold

To simplify unfold – the unfold is what complete worth the naming rights sponsor has gained from the partnership (a.ok.a. the distinction in what the affinity is now vs. what the affinity would have been if there was no partnership in place).

Buffalo Payments – Highmark

The very best performing naming rights sponsor in unfold amongst NFL groups was Highmark – sponsor of the Buffalo Payments. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Defend of Western New York, which the stadium is known as after, is a subsidiary of Highmark Healthcare and a part of the Blue Cross Blue Defend system. Highmark and BCBS’s common accounts didn’t carry out effectively amongst Payments followers. Nonetheless, Highmark BCBS of WNY had the second highest listed affinity of any firm at 33.7x (second solely to Texans followers’ listed affinity for Reliant Power (53.4x) – a localized firm). This 33.7 listed affinity, coupled with Payments followers having 1/3rd of the affinity NFL followers have for Highmark’s rivals, made for the very best unfold amongst any NFL crew.

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs – GEHA

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs sponsor, GEHA (aka: Authorities Staff Well being Affiliation) carried out effectively past its expectations. The corporate has three components that may usually scream “this shall be a foul sponsorship,” nonetheless, all of them are overcome by the well being supplier. First, GEHA isn’t the sponsor of the Chiefs stadium, however solely the sphere. The stadium continues to be referred to as Arrowhead as a result of it being iconic. Nonetheless, in 2021 (which is the second issue working towards them – a model new sponsorship), GEHA turned the premier sponsor, and it might change into often called GEHA Discipline at Arrowhead Stadium. The third issue working towards the model is that many individuals do not need a social media affinity for his or her well being supplier. Surprisingly although, the Chiefs and GEHA have overcome these obstacles and carry out second greatest amongst NFL groups with an enormous unfold of 644.62.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Raymond James

St. Petersburg-based monetary firm, Raymond James, has been the naming rights sponsor for the Buccaneers stadium because it opened in 1998. This long-term loyalty has paid off for Raymond James, as Bucs followers have an 18x listed affinity for the model, plus lower than half the affinity for Raymond James’ rivals as NFL followers typically. These components, plus a current Tremendous Bowl LV win inside Raymond James Stadium for the hometown Bucs, make for the third largest unfold amongst NFL groups.

Backside 3 – Worst Partnerships by Unfold

Houston Texans – NRG

The worst partnership for unfold is NRG and the Houston Texans. Whereas NRG and their subsidiaries Reliant and Direct Power carry out effectively, Texans followers have a a lot greater affinity for NRG’s rivals than NFL followers. Texans followers’ 10.32 listed affinity for NRG’s common account is outshined by NRG’s rivals in the identical measure at 12.64x. If NRG and their 2 subsidiaries Reliant and Direct Power had been averaged, they might nonetheless have the worst unfold as a result of rivals’ excessive affinity amongst Texans followers. Nonetheless, if solely Reliant (which has an listed affinity of 53.4x) was analyzed towards the identical rivals, they might be the exact opposite and have the very best unfold within the NFL at 2659x.

New Orleans Saints – Caesars

Caesars and Saints are available in at second worst within the NFL with a detrimental 2.20 unfold. That is possible as a result of many components which shall be explored later within the fascinating finds part – most specifically that the naming rights deal simply went into impact in July of 2021. Caesars subsidiary Harrah’s has a New Orleans location which carried out very effectively, with an listed affinity of 29.07x. This nonetheless isn’t the true naming rights sponsor, Caesars, which didn’t register any affinity amongst Saints followers – making for the second worst unfold within the league.

Los Angeles Rams – SoFi

The third worst unfold within the NFL was the Los Angeles Rams and SoFi at detrimental 1.65. Whereas Rams followers have roughly the identical common affinity for SoFi’s rivals as NFL followers, the unfold is taken into the pink after we see Rams followers have a forty five% much less common affinity for SoFi itself. That is possible as a result of a number of components; the naming rights sponsorship is new, plus it’s being cut up between two groups and never synonymous with one particular NFL crew.

Finest & Worst for Normal Affinity Amongst Hardcore NFL Followers

Notice: this common is of the naming rights sponsors’ rivals solely.

Finest within the League

Finest (2.63%) – Airways

The very best sector for common affinity amongst NFL followers within the Airways sector. Las Vegas Raiders sponsor Allegiant Air’s rivals registered a mean affinity of two.63% amongst NFL followers. Opponents equivalent to Delta (4.7%) and Southwest (7.3%) made the airline sector undoubtedly primary throughout the board.

2nd Finest (1.88%) – Tech

Seattle Seahawks stadium sponsor Lumen (previously often called CenturyLink) had a low affinity amongst NFL followers at .08%. Nonetheless, with rivals equivalent to Microsoft and HP within the cloud house, Lumen’s competitor common went up an excellent quantity. This common quantity elevated much more as a result of Lumen’s competitor Google having the very best common affinity of any firm measured at 11.37%.

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3rd Finest (1.73%) – Telecommunications

The third greatest class amongst NFL followers was the telecom class. Dallas Cowboys sponsor AT&T, which can be the father or mother firm of DirecTV, had a 3.9% common affinity amongst NFL followers. This was second highest within the telecommunications class behind Verizon at 5.8%. Verizon’s excessive affinity, together with different manufacturers equivalent to T-Cell and Xfinity contributed to the general common for AT&T’s rivals coming in at a 1.73% common affinity.

4th Finest (1.33%) – Automotive

It is very important word that there was a stable exhibiting typically affinity by the automotive business amongst NFL followers, with all three auto naming rights sponsors having a excessive affinity. Mercedes-Benz (Atlanta Falcons) and Nissan (Tennessee Titans) had a common affinity of 1.5%, whereas Ford (Detroit Lions), had a common affinity of two.4%. When averaging all three naming rights sponsors’ rivals, we see a common affinity of 1.33% – a promising quantity for automotive manufacturers.

Worst within the League

Worst (.03%) – On-line Finance

The worst sector for common affinity amongst NFL followers is within the newly created on-line finance house. SoFi, sponsor of the stadium by which the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers play, had lower than half a p.c of common affinity amongst NFL followers. It is a small quantity, however their competitor’s common affinity was even worse at a mean of solely .03%.

2nd Worst (.11%) – Themed Eating places  

Apparently, the Miami Dolphins stadium isn’t named after a particular on line casino equivalent to Onerous Rock Hollywood (FL) however named after the Onerous Rock Café. The model, which is now owned by the Seminole tribe of Florida had solely a .37% affinity amongst NFL followers, whereas their rivals (ex: Bubba Gump, Planet Hollywood) had been even decrease at a mean of .11%.

third Worst (.18%) – Well being Supplier

Each Highmark (sponsor of the Buffalo Payments) and GEHA’s (sponsor of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs) rivals had a mean common affinity of .18% amongst NFL followers. That is 3rd worst amongst NFL followers, possible as a result of many individuals don’t observe their medical health insurance supplier on social media, plus Highmark having such a extremely localized market.

I’ll word, one of many worst groups typically affinity for rivals was the Houston Texans at .06% for NRG’s rivals. Nonetheless, the Cleveland Browns naming rights sponsor FirstEnergy introduced up the common for power rivals to .19%, making power the 4th worst of any sector.

Attention-grabbing Finds

Listed affinity usually goes hand-in-hand with unfold, so we are going to skip speaking about that class and as an alternative give attention to some fascinating observations seen when analyzing this sponsorship information.

M&T Financial institution vs. Financial institution of America

It’s fascinating to notice that whereas Financial institution of America and M&T are rivals, their technique in naming rights sponsorship could be very totally different. Financial institution of America, which is predicated in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been the naming rights sponsor of the Carolina Panthers since 2004. This native technique of penetrating the market by Financial institution of America is one which has been used for a really very long time. Amongst Panthers followers, Financial institution of America has an listed affinity of 1.5x and general, Financial institution of America has a variety of 1.34. We are able to see that is working for Financial institution of America as a result of the unfold is constructive. Nonetheless, when taking a look at M&T and the Baltimore Ravens, we see that their non-traditional route of sponsorship is producing higher outcomes than Financial institution of America and the Panthers. M&T Financial institution, which is predicated in Buffalo, New York centered on an growth technique into new markets to realize model recognition. We are able to see by Ravens followers 11.8x listed affinity for M&T and their general unfold of 138.36, that M&T’s technique is paying out excessive dividends. Many firms ought to take word from M&T and discover their choices of sponsorship outdoors their residence market, as a result of it might simply show to be extra profitable than they thought.

Caesars + New Orleans Saints

Caesars new sponsorship of the New Orleans Saints may very well be a case examine in itself. Nonetheless, we are going to simply scratch the floor of this subject. As a lot of you recognize, the Saints performed within the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from 2011 till 2021 when Caesars purchased the naming rights. The worldwide model has many subsidiaries, specifically Caesars sportsbook. Caesars common account and Caesars sportsbook didn’t register any affinity from Saints followers. Nonetheless, Caesars additionally owns Harrah’s, which operates a location simply over one mile from Caesars Superdome. This account had a big affinity amongst Saints followers, and an enormous listed affinity of roughly 29x. The ultimate unfold, which was talked about earlier, was calculated on the Caesars common account so it might be a real studying. Nonetheless, when all three (Caesars, Caesars Sportsbook, and Harrah’s) are averaged, they produce an excellent unfold of 842.85.


MetLife vs. MetLife

New York-based MetLife is naming rights sponsor of the Giants and Jets stadium. Whereas each groups name MetLife stadium residence, one performs higher than the opposite. New York Giants followers have a roughly .9% greater (.41%) affinity for MetLife than NFL followers typically, whereas Jets followers have .5% much less (.27%) affinity for MetLife in the identical class. Jets followers decrease affinity for MetLife, together with an analogous affinity for MetLife’s rivals as NFL followers, makes for a variety of solely .02 for the Jets and MetLife. The Giants then again have 45% much less affinity for MetLife’s rivals, which expands the unfold for MetLife and the Giants to a complete of 1.28. 

Ford vs. Mercedes-Benz

Though we briefly visited automotive manufacturers when seeing them are available in 4th typically affinity amongst NFL followers, it is very important make word of this statement which is fascinating. Each auto manufacturers Mercedes-Benz and Ford have been the naming rights sponsors since their respective stadiums opened. Mercedes has an listed affinity amongst Falcons followers of .97x, which is decrease than the NFL common. Nonetheless, Ford has a a lot greater listed affinity amongst Lions followers at 2.4x. That is possible as a result of two components – one in all which possible bears a larger weight. Ford Discipline opened in 2002, whereas Mercedes-Benz stadium opened in 2017. This possible has some influence, since Ford and the Lions have been synonymous for 15 years longer than the Falcons and Mercedes-Benz. Nonetheless, arguably the largest think about Ford’s higher efficiency is that the corporate is predicated in Detroit itself and is 90% of the rationale it’s referred to as Motor Metropolis. The Falcons and Mercedes can not say the identical, as Stuttgart, Germany is roughly 4600 miles from Atlanta, Georgia.

SoFi vs. SoFi

The latest stadium within the NFL, named after the net finance firm SoFi, continues to be attempting to ascertain themselves amongst Chargers, Rams, and NFL followers alike. SoFi has a .49% common affinity amongst NFL followers, which is among the highest within the class. Nonetheless, to be a naming rights sponsor, they don’t seem to be performing effectively in listed affinity. Chargers followers have a 1.06x listed affinity for the finance firm, whereas Rams followers are even worse at .55x. Each groups at present have a detrimental unfold, which reveals that it might take SoFi years to reap the advantages of this new partnership in uncharted waters. 

In Conclusion

Changing into a naming rights sponsor within the NFL could be very costly and is a giant threat for any firm eager to pursue this chance. Nonetheless, with the best information and an applicable evaluation, this threat will be mitigated tremendously. That’s the reason it’s obligatory for firms to take a position their restricted assets into information analytics. In the event that they do that, each the sponsor and the crew are more likely to see a fantastic return and have a long-lasting partnership effectively into the longer term.



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