Indian Premier League 2015 – League and team sponsors

Every April and May, India, Indians all over the world (some if not all) and a handful of other people who bother, are gripped by the phenomenon known as ‘the IPL Madness’. The glamour, the craziness and Danny Morrison along with the loudest voice in Indian cricket, Ravi Shastri, assaulting our ears with no care is here to stay… For at least 2 months every year. With this brilliantly organised and global cricket league comes investors. Companies and people alike who scramble to eat a slice of the pie known as T20 cricket!

This season though in 2015, there have been some interesting companies that are contributing to the finances of certain teams like Kings XI Punjab (who have a condom company as a sponsor) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (who have a career counselling centre as a sponsor). Also certain teams like KXIP and Delhi Daredevils have signed separate CSR partners in accordance with the recent Indian Companies Act amendment.

The list of sponsors the IPL has taken on for the 2015 season are as follows:

TITLE SPONSOR – PEPSI

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OFFICIAL STRATEGIC TIME-OUT PARTNER – CEAT TYRES

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OFFICIAL BROADCASTING PARTNER 

SONY SIX (in English) and SONY MAX (in Hindi)

SONY KIX (in Tamil and Telugu)

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OFFICIAL DIGITAL STREAMING PARTNER – HOTSTAR

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OFFICIAL PARTNERS – YES BANK; VODAFONE

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UMPIRE SPONSOR – McDOWELL’S 

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OFFICIAL SPONSORS – PAYTM, HERO MOTOCORP, CAR DEKHO, INTEX, AMAZON INDIA

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Besides the above list, each team has at least a minimum of 10 sponsors along with their title sponsor, the name of the company that is emblazoned on the front of the team jersey. All the teams except Kolkata Knight Riders have Kingfisher as one of their sponsors with Royal Challengers Bangalore having them as one of their 2 main sponsors.

Following is a list of sponsors for each IPL team:

DELHI DAREDEVILS

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Title sponsor – DAIKIN

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Associate sponsors

Raxa, Marriott, GMR, Skyscanner, Flying Machine, Lux Cozi, Just Dial, RBL Bank, KD Deos

Official Partners

Air India, Fever 104, Pepsi, Max Healthcare, Shiv-Naresh

CSR partner

Unicef


CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

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Title sponsor – AIRCEL

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Official Sponsors

Donear, Shopclues.com, 7up, Spartan, Ola, Hello 106.4FM, Sports Mechanics, Cricking, Ingene, Coromondal King Superior Cement, Coromandel Infotech, Gulf, UST Global


KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

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Title sponsor – GIONEEgionee

Official Sponsors

DishTV, Colors, Manyavar, Seiko, KeoKarpin, Sansui, USPA, Royal Stag

Official Partners

Selvel, Pepsi, The Telegraph, Uber, Red FM 93.5, CK Birla Hospital, Gautam Gambhir Foundation, Adamas University, Global Fragrances, OroSilbe


MUMBAI INDIANS

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Principal sponsors – ETIHAD AIRWAYS; VIDEOCON

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Associate Sponsors

DHFL, Dheeraj Realty, SAP

Official partners

Paytm, Jet Airways, Book my show, Fever 104fm, Radio City 91.1fm, Ola, Usha, Jack and Jones, Tiny Owl, HTC, DNA Networks, Pepsi


KINGS XI PUNJAB

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Title sponsor – TATA MOTORS PRIMA

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Official principal sponsors

 HTC, Manforce, Royal Stag, ACC cement, DCB Bank

Official Partners

 Britannia Good Day, Woo, Mountain Dew, Pan Parag, Tyka, Ola, Top Ramen, Homeland Heights, The Tribune, Punjab Kesari, CashurDrive, BIG FM 92.7, Book my show, Kyazoonga.com, Sport and Beyond, Blippar, Ayurwin

CSR partner

 Smile Foundation & AID Healthcare Foundation


SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

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Title sponsor – WH SMITH

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Official Sponsors

Ola, Red FM 93.5, Idea, Just Dial, Datawind, Varda Group, DTDC, ITM University Gwalior, Apollo Hospitals, Linc Twinn, Agrani, Tyka, Nafex.com


RAJASTHAN ROYALS

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Title sponsor – ULTRATECH CEMENT

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Official partners

Spice, Ola, Bikaner, Rupa, Lawman, CP Plus, Mitashi, Tata Consultancy Services, Mountain Dew, CIMS, pepperfry.com, Kalasalingam Universtiy, Deakin University, Kooh Sports, Page 3


ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

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Title sponsor – HUAWEI

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Main sponsors

 United Spirits (Diageo group company), Kingfisher

Official Partners

Midea, Tata Motors BOLT, Britannia, TGS, redBus.in, 7up, Ed Hardy, Allen Career Institute, Adidas, DNA Network, Masuri, Uber

4 not so obvious athlete branded games

Famous athletes endorse all kinds of things, from the common sport brands to some bizarre smile exercise machines from Japan. Games for consoles or mobile devices are one of them. While you might have heard of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (skateboarding) or Tiger Wood’s PGA Tour (golf), how often do you think a pro athlete endorses a game that has nothing to do with the sport they play?

In this post we will look at 4 athletes who have endorsed games that have nothing to do with the sport they are famous for.

1. Letters of Boom – Richard Sherman

The latest superstar to release a video game with his name on it is NFL’s Richard Sherman. It has nothing to do with the NFL or a field of any kind.

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Why I might download an ESPN app again

Here is why I don’t use an ESPN mobile app right now.

When I bought my first Android phone a 5 years ago, I wanted a sports app that did the following 5 things:

  1. Live scores for football and cricket
  2. Gave me team details
  3. News & Transfer updates
  4. NOT take up much space on my phone’s limited storage capacity (ever get that message ‘insufficient storage’ on your phone?)
  5. NOT use all the RAM my phone had

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Digital advertising spends to surpass TV advertising within next decade

Digital advertising has come a long way since the first banner ad was seen back in 1994. If you were too young to have either seen this or remember this, here’s the first banner ad ever made.

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Mike Hanlon discusses the evolution of digital advertising in the twenty years of its existence in this piece form Gizmag and also discusses possibilities about the future.

For something that did not even exist twenty years ago, digital advertising has sure come a long way:

  • 1994: Web advertising is born
  • 2004: Total advertising spend on digital remains at less than 5%
  • 2014: Digital ad share is at 25% and is projected to grow to 33% by 2018

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JSW Squash Challenger Circuit, India’s first Pro Squash Series

SRFi SUPPORTS INDIA'S FIRST PROFESSIONAL SQUASH CIRCUIT

India’s first professional squash series has been sanctioned by the sport’s global governing bodies, PSA and WSA. It begins the 2nd of October, 2014, at the Jaipur Club. Following the Jaipur tournament, many players will move onto Mumbai, where the next two tournaments of the circuit take place at Juhu Ville Parle Gymkhana (9-12 Oct) and NSCI (16-19 Oct). The circuit will wrap up at the ISA in Chennai (26-29 Oct).

Each circuit event will have a 16-man and 16-woman draw, comprising 11 direct entrants, a wild card and four qualifiers, which would be held prior to the main draw over two days.

While all the four men’s PSA events will carry a prize money of USD 10,000 with the winner gaining 175 points each, the first three women’s WSA events will be USD 5,000 and the finals USD 10,000 with the winner gaining 350 points each.

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Chucking 101: The Essential Guide to Understanding Chucking in Cricket

Sunil Narine was recently reported for a suspect action bowling action making him the 4th high profile off-spinner to come under the scanner in recent weeks after Saeed Ajmal, Mohammed Hafeez, and Senanayake.

The tweet we sent out on the subject elicited two responses that pretty much capture all facts and fallacies related to chucking in cricket.

Wrong!

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Breaking the IPTL Code

Recent studies have shown that 9 out of 10 people in Bangalore are confusing Mahesh Bhupathi’s new tennis league IPTL with ITPL, the name by goes the Information Technology Park Limited in Whitefield, Bangalore.

But people from other cities don’t have it any easier. There’s enough in IPTL to confuse you irrespective of where you come from. As this 3-minute YouTube video explaining the rules of IPTL perfectly displays.

 

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The Fall and Fall of CLT20

Guess what’s nose-diving faster than the BCCI’s public image. The CLT20. For the still uninitiated, it’s the thing that Indians know as ‘that IPL-type tournament played by international IPL teams in which the only ones I know are the IPL teams…and… I really don’t care’. It stands for Champions League T20, btw.

How much of a ‘Champion’s’ League it is can be gauged by the fact that a 4th placed team in an 8-team league can also qualify for it. Bravo!

Here’s a brief story of its title sponsors. In just 5 years, the title sponsorship of CLT20 has gone from Airtel to Nokia to Karbonn to Oppo.

‘Oppo, who?’

Exactly!

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If that’s not enough, the list of official sponsors for this year includes marquee brand names such as Cycle Pure Agarbathies, Gixxer, Wall Care White Cement Based Putty, and Killer Jeans. Wow, this tournament is rocking!

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Reddit India AMA: Ronnie Screwvala on Entrepreneurship

Ronnie Screwvala is an Indian entrepreneur and social philanthropist who founded the UTV Group, Unilazer Ventues, and Founder-Trustee of Swades Foundation. He also owns the Mumbai based Pro Kabaddi team, UMumba.

In his Reddit AMA, he mentioned off the bat that he would be answering questions focussed on promoting entrepreneurship. A theme that is along the lines of a book he is working on called, ‘Dream With Your Eyes Open’.

 

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