In-Season Update: MLB Uniform Sponsorships
We previously wrote about the new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association here.
Jersey Patch Sponsorships
Thus far, approximately two months into the 2023 MLB season, 11 of the 30 MLB teams have finalized a jersey patch sponsorship and have begun to play games with sponsor logo patches included on team uniforms. Numerous other teams are reportedly actively pursuing jersey patch partners, including the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers, among others. The MLB teams that have finalized jersey patch sponsorships, along with their respective jersey patch sponsors, are listed below.
Notably, the jersey sleeve patches are strategically positioned to enhance visibility on television broadcasts: on the left sleeve for right-handed batters, on the right sleeve for left-handed batters, on the glove-side sleeve for pitchers, and on the right sleeve for the manager and coaches.
Batting Helmet Sponsorships
Although reports initially suggested that MLB teams would also be able to license batting helmet sponsorship positions under the new collective bargaining agreement, currently no MLB team has unveiled a batting helmet sponsor, and how and when this sponsorship asset will be made available and activated remains unclear. It is not known whether MLB will retain the batting helmet advertising position as a league asset to be licensed by MLB for league-controlled events (e.g., playoffs, World Series, Field of Dreams game, international games, etc.) or whether it will be made available as a team asset for license by individual teams for regular-season games.
But so far, the batting helmet advertising position has been treated as a league asset. For example, during the 2023 World Baseball Classic that took place in early March, batting helmets of Team USA featured the logo of T-Mobile, a prominent MLB league-wide partner. In addition, for the 2023 Mexico City Series games between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres that took place at the end of April, MLB licensed the batting helmet decal position for both teams to ARZYZ Metals, a Mexican manufacturing company. Also, for the Mexico City Series games, MLB licensed the jersey sleeve position for both teams to Banorte, a Mexican financial services company, which replaced the jersey sleeve position of the San Diego Padres’ jersey patch partner, Motorola, for the three-game series.
ArentFox Schiff’s Sports group boasts one of the most experienced and diverse sports practices in the country and regularly advises sports organizations (including leagues, conferences, teams, and national governing bodies), players, sponsors, and investors on a broad variety of sports matters, including uniform sponsorship transactions for both teams and sponsors, having recently represented Credit Karma in its jersey patch sponsorship with the Houston Rockets and Rakuten in its jersey patch sponsorship with the Golden State Warriors.
San Diego Padres
Boston Red Sox
A new look on a classic jersey! pic.twitter.com/xM3YsBmtxG— Red Sox (@RedSox) December 1, 2022
We are proud to announce @Avnet as our first official Jersey Patch Partner! Please join us in welcoming Avnet to the #Dbacks family! We look forward to welcoming your employees at Chase Field and working together to make an even stronger impact in our community. pic.twitter.com/JzZVfzRq2d— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) February 2, 2023
Los Angeles Angels
Fierce 😤 pic.twitter.com/DjEdGaLPMf— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) February 24, 2023
Making history alongside @ADT 🤝— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) March 29, 2023
Introducing the Official Smart Security Partner and Official Solar Energy Partner of the Miami Marlins. ADT becomes our first official jersey patch partner, with the company’s iconic blue octagon. #SafeAtHome pic.twitter.com/ZkQSm4aRzE
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
Two iconic Michigan brands committed to grow together, to push Detroit ahead together, and to win together. The Tigers are proud to announce an expanded partnership with @meijer as our official jersey patch partner.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 26, 2023
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