The NFL continues to make billions from sponsorships. We take a look at some interesting facts about NFL sponsors and partnerships.

NFL Sponsors and official partners

Gatorade has sponsored the NFL since 1983. The partnership is the longest-standing in the NFL.

Gatorade has evolved throughout the years from a basic glass bottle to its current packaging

Gatorade has evolved throughout the years from a basic glass bottle to its current packaging.


The NFL is the most profitable league in North America when it comes to sponsorship deals.

In 2014-2015 season, they made $1.2 billion in sponsorships.That’s more than any other pro league in North America. The money came from new deals in 2015 with Hyundai and Dannon, as well as standing partnerships with 30 other brands including Pepsi, Verizon, and McDonalds.                                                                                                                                                                   NFL sponsorship has grown from 946 million in 2011 to 1.2 billion in 2015

NFL-adjacent charities see big marketing spend as well

For example, in 2014-2015, Thomas Davis, has more brands sponsoring his charity, Defending Dreams Foundation, than he does himself. He is the most recent winner of the Bart Starr award (given to the NFL player that best exemplifies outstanding leadership and character on the field and in the community).


Defending Dreams Foundation Logo. Educate. Empower. Defend

The NFL’s Biggest sponsor remains PepsiCo

PepsiCo is the NFL’s biggest sponsor, with sponsorship agreements valued “estimated  $100 million a year.” PepsiCo products that sponsor the NFL consist of Gatorade, Frito-Lay, Pepsi, and Quaker Oats.

NFL sponsorships are not always exclusive.

6. NFL sponsorships are not always exclusive. Although the NFL has official sponsors, competing companies are still free to buy commercial slots during the Super Bowl. So while Pepsi is the official soft drink of the NFL, you’ll still see Coca-Cola ads during the big game. Similarly, individual teams can be sponsored by brands that compete with the NFL’s official sponsors. For example, while Hyundai is the official sponsor of the NFL, Chevrolet sponsors the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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