Last Updated Nov 20, 2009 1:07 PM EST
The Bayern pact is a surprise for two reasons. First, German teams have a much smaller international following than the giant brands of the English and Spanish leagues. The size of the deal is explained in its small print -- a large chunk of the compensation is performance related, which means the club might not see it.
Second, Bayern had been believed to be in talks with Audi for a Â£90 million deal. That negotiation appears to have been set aside for T-Home. (News of the Audi bid was probably a negotiating tactic to put pressure on Deutsche Telekom -- both Manchester and Liverpool floated putative competitor sponsors before signing with Aon and Standard Chartered, respectively.)
Lastly, the swathe of new deals signed by the biggest clubs this year show that despite the recession there has been no slackening of interest or decline in demand for football sponsorships.
Coming Next: Naming rights contracts for major stadia such as Chelsea F.C.'s Stamford Bridge and Liverpool's "new Anfield" stadium at Stanley Park. Those deals could easily be larger than lead sponsor/shirt logo deals that have previously been football's advertising bread-and-butter.
BNET's Global Football Sponsorship Deal League:
- Bayern Munich: Â£25.5 million a year (through 2013) with Deutsche Telekom/T-Home
- Liverpool: Â£20 million a year (Â£81 million over four years) with Standard Chartered
- Manchester United: Â£20 million a year (Â£80 million over four years) with Aon
- Real Madrid: Â£18.3 million a year (Â£55 million over three years) with Bwin.com
- Juventus: Â£15 million a year (Â£75 million over five years) with Tamoil
- Chelsea: Â£12.5 million a year (Â£37.5 million over three years) with Samsung
- Manchester City: Â£8m a year (Â£24 million over three years) with Etihad Airways.
- Arsenal: Â£6.7 million a year (Â£100 million over 15 years) with Emirates
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- Chelsea F.C.'s Need for Stadium Sponsor Proves It Fumbled Samsung Deal
- Real Madrid's New Deal With Bwin Suggests Chelsea's Samsung Pact Is Underpriced
- Liverpool F.C. Wants Â£240M for Naming Rights to Stanley Park -- Or Does It?
- Liverpool's Standard Chartered Deal May Be Bigger Than Man. Utd's Pact With Aon