US – DraftKings and Madison Square Garden announce renewed partnershipBy Phil - 3 January 2020
The Madison Square Garden Company and DraftKings, have a marketing partnership that makes DraftKings the Official and Exclusive Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Sports Partner of the New York Knicks and Rangers, as well as The World’s Most Famous Arena.
The agreement provides DraftKings with premier brand integration across MSG’s unrivalled set of assets, including digital platforms, in-game promotion and out-of-home signage.
“DraftKings has established itself as one of the most successful gaming companies in the industry and we are honoured to continue our partnership with their incredible brand,” said Ron Skotarczak, executive vice president, marketing partnerships, The Madison Square Garden Company. “We are both committed to ensuring that our customers have the best possible experience and we look forward to continuing to work closely with DraftKings on programs and promotions that benefit both of our businesses in significant and measurable ways.”
DraftKings’ partnership includes significant exposure at Madison Square Garden for all Knicks and Rangers games and throughout Knicks and Rangers broadcasts on MSG Networks, as well as promotions for daily fantasy sports during Westchester Knicks games at the Westchester County Center. Integration during games will incorporate a variety of elements including digital and static signage throughout the Arena, exposure on GardenVision, the Arena’s center-hung multi-media display, and branding on the apron of the court for Knicks games and on the penalty box and visiting team bench for Rangers games. DraftKings will have the ability to set up activation areas at a variety of fan events the Knicks and Rangers hold throughout the year.
“We are proud to be named the official sports betting partner and continue as the daily fantasy partner of The World’s Most Famous Arena and for two of the most iconic franchises in all of sports that play there,” said Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer, DraftKings. “The Madison Square Garden Company is known for providing fans with unforgettable moments, and this emphasis on immersive engagement perfectly complements DraftKings and our likeminded commitment to experiential excellence.”
The integrated partnership between the two companies allows DraftKings to have a presence on the seven video boards on the outside walls of The Garden, which offer exposure to the more than 1 million people who walk by MSG each day.