Cardiff City, Gillingham and Sheffield Wednesday have each signed commercial deals with Stake.com in line with the current FA Cup.
Supporting the clubs against Premier League sides Leeds United, Leicester City and Newcastle during the competition, Stake.com has also enhanced its live sports streaming offering, now allowing global customers to watch the competition.
“The FA Cup is one of the world’s oldest and most famous club knockout competitions,” noted Dominic Rae, Sponsorship Manager at Stake.com. “As part of our investment in top quality sports and entertainment content we have added live streaming of every match to our platform for users globally to watch and enjoy.
“To support the live pictures we have signed a series of commercial partnerships with lower league opponents of Premier League sides, backing them as they bid to deliver famous giant killings.”
Furthermore, the deals will see the company’s branding placed along the sleeves of the kits along with in-ground LED in three of the round’s ‘most eye-catching ties’.
Rae continued: “The sponsorships won’t only consist of branding visible on kits and within stadiums, but will see us work with clubs to boost their profile and the tournament at large amongst our global audience of football fans, many of whom will be betting on and streaming the FA Cup on our platform for the first time.”
Moreover, Stake.com is introducing a series of media activations, which it has described as ‘working with club legends and ambassadors to produce editorial and social media content, introducing the sides to the operators’ vast global audience’.
As the third round of the Cup gets underway, the partnership aims to profile the three clubs alongside the likes of World Cup winner Sergio Aguero, the UFC and Drake.
Last year, Stake.com partnered with Everton FC, in an agreement which was widely criticised by sections of the Toffees support, with some fans calling for the team to distance itself from gambling sponsors.
The Twitter threads around Cardiff City and Gillingham’s announcements of the new partnership have shown some similar sentiment, as football’s relationship with the betting industry falls under the spotlight with the Gambling Act review apparently imminent.