The primary sponsor for the BAA Boston Marathon, since 1985, has been John Hancock Financial Services; John Hancock, under the creative lead of David D’Alessandro, brought the Boston Marathon, kicking and screaming, into the world of professional running. Thanks to the careful cultivation of the relationship between the BAA and JHFS, the Boston Marathon grew, and success brought on success. The long-time sponsorship of adidas has added to the iconic nature of the race.
Watching the evolution of the marathon has been fascinating. This past spring, the BAA announced that John Hancock was leaving the marathon as a sponsor. In the first test of the new CEO and President of the B.A.A., Jack Fleming and the BAA has brought in global sports marketing agency, SPORTFIVE, to lead the search for a new primary sponsor.
This is a huge opportunity for both the BAA and SPORTFIVE. The BAA has recognized the support of the Boston Marathon by John Hancock Financial Services, which is one of the actions watched by potential sponsors.
We wish the BAA and SPORTFIVE; good luck in this search. The success of the search means a lot to the future of the marathon and to the future of the sport.
Boston Athletic Association and SPORTFIVE Partner in Pursuit of Boston Marathon’s Next Primary Sponsor
Global sports marketing agency to support B.A.A. in the Marathon’s first primary sponsor search since 1985
BOSTON and NEW YORK (December 12, 2022) – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that global sports marketing agency SPORTFIVE is leading its search for the Boston Marathon’s next primary sponsor, beginning with the 2024 running of the prestigious race. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and is considered the world’s most historic road race.
As part of the partnership, SPORTFIVE will serve as the B.A.A.’s exclusive agency to identify and secure the next primary sponsor, leveraging its extensive market intelligence, reach, and global sales network in pursuit of the ideal brand partner.
Jack Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A., said: “We look forward to a new and exciting era in Boston Marathon history as we partner with an organization that shares our vision of providing memorable athletic experiences for runners, spectators, and the community. The Boston Marathon is more than just a road race – it is a community experience that we enthusiastically look forward to sharing with our next primary partner thanks to the efforts of the team at SPORTFIVE.”
The Boston Marathon is traditionally run on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday in April, and is broadcast live in more than 200 countries worldwide. SPORTFIVE has worked with the Boston Athletic Association for over 30 years in every aspect of the Boston Marathon’s television production, distribution, streaming, and archive sales, and as an executive producer of three telecasts of the marathon —local, national, and international. The 127th running of the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2023, will be the final race for John Hancock, who has served as a principal sponsor since 1986.
“The Boston Marathon is one of the most historic and prestigious sporting events in the world, and we’re proud to deepen our relationship with the Boston Athletic Association to help find the race’s next primary sponsor,” said Neil Glat, Co-President, of Americas for SPORTFIVE. “The third Monday in April is a holiday on the global sports calendar, and this partnership is an exciting sponsorship opportunity for the right brand and one that has not been available in nearly two generations.”
The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle of road racing by virtue of its heritage, longevity, and qualifying standards. More than 30,000 participants compete in the B.A.A.’s signature event each year, hailing from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries. Beyond world-class competition at the front of the field –featuring Olympians, Paralympians, national record holders, and global medalists—the Boston Marathon annually raises upwards of $40 million for non-profit organizations and has an estimated economic impact of $200 million on the Greater Boston community.
As one of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon is recognized as a global leader in road racing. Among its storied history, the Boston Marathon was the first major marathon to welcome wheelchair participants, feature Para Athletics Divisions and is a pioneer in the women’s running movement. It has played host to myriad memorable finishes and milestone races and counts five Olympic marathon gold medalists among its illustrious list of champions. Thousands of runners from around the world annually aim to earn their Boston Marathon qualifying time (better known as a ‘BQ’) with hopes of toeing the starting line in Hopkinton for a chance to earn the coveted unicorn finisher medal upon reaching the finish on Boylston Street in downtown Boston.
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, the Bundesliga, English Football Association (FA), English Premier League, Flamengo, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, LPGA, New York Knicks, New York Jets, and PGA TOUR, among many others. On average, SPORTIVE generates over $1 billion in gross sales per year on behalf of its valued rightsholder clients.
ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. is committed to a world where all people can access and benefit from running and an active lifestyle. The B.A.A. advances its mission and vision in a variety of ways, such as organizing mass-participatory running events like the Boston Marathon, creating or supporting community fitness events, and sponsoring a running club that serves the greater Boston area.
The B.A.A. believes that everyone—no matter their race, gender, or background—should be able to advance their well-being safely and without fear or discrimination of any kind. The organization is committed to fostering a workplace and community that is diverse, equitable, inclusive and promotes a sense of belonging for all. To learn more about the B.A.A., please click here.
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