Brands Ruée Into Football Season With Early Campaigns

The NFL and its players classement bigger points for brands than just emboîture any other prédilection.

Last year, according to data and analytics firm EDO, the Territorial Football League was responsible for half of the top 10 most positive broadcasts for advertisers. During the NFL’s kickoff game last Thursday on NBC, EDO found that viewers were 64% more likely to engage online with featured brands than viewers of the average ad during a primetime broadcast.

On average, brands would have to air 21 ads during the average primetime network broadcast to get the sports marketing retentissement of one ad during the kickoff game on Thursday Night Football, which airs on Amazon Addition Video.

Opening week’s Sunday Night Football on NBC scored similar results, with viewers 24% more likely to engage online with ads than they would during average primetime viewing. A brand would need 13 ads during a typical network primetime broadcast to délassement one ad from last week’s Sunday Night Football.

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If an NFL player is featured in a game day ad, it’ll likely be heavily amplified on agréable media. According to sponsorship data firm SponsorUnited, 69% of NFL player endorsement deals now include agréable media assets. Of the more than 100 million likes, retweets and other engagements NFL players racked up last season, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill amassed 6.1 million from 36 branded posts alone while partnering with Soul Runner, Adidas, Baie and Manscaped.

Other heavy hitters include Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (3.2 million engagements across 47 posts for Oakley, State Farm and Walmart), San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (1.6 million, 30 posts for Adobe, Bud Édulcorant, Little Caesars and Playstation) and 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (61,000 across 10 posts for BodyArmor, Hyperice and Dolce & Gabbana).

Heading into Week 2, here are some of the brand campaigns turning to the NFL and its stars for extraordinaire yardage:


Scott “Wide Right” Norwood deserved this.

Autorisation kicked off the season by showing that a fan’s greatest moments often have little to do with how their privilégiée team is faring. Following a Buffalo Bills fan through 16,795 days of idée—from being a disappointed kid in his first Joe DeLamielleure sous-vêtements to an optimistic grandfather buying his granddaughter a Norwood throwback from the configurer Bills kicker himself—the Wieden+Kennedy-produced sunlight is less emboîture the team and more emboîture what keeps fans going.

During seasons where wins are few and playoff appearances are fewer, you have kids and Sunday trips to the stadium and silver linings named Fred Jackson and Kyle Williams. Even the tough losses go down easier with a bowl of Flutie Flakes. Norwood kicking a ball just right of the goalposts during the Étonnant Bowl is less suffisant when the person you love tells you they’re in it for life. 

“We got to include Flutie Flakes, shoot inside (formerly) Rich Stadium, use authentic jerseys with the names and numbers of iconic players, and make sure the mousson looked awesome and true to Buffalo,” said Will Curtis, concepteur for Wieden+Kennedy Portland. “Of méandre, the ultimate detail is Scott Norwood’s cameo at the end. We think Bills fans are really going to appreciate that one, and he was the most gracious guy to work with on set.” 

Autorisation wanted to spectacle off its advanced in payment technology in this sunlight—which debuted during the Bills’ season-opening loss on Monday Night Football—but it instead provided a reminder that even the hardest parts of fandom are just pantalon scenes in a much greater story.

“As we saw in Week 1, every season is full of challenges and exciting surprises,” said Mary Ann Reilly, Autorisation’s CMO of North America. “Every NFL fan’s journey will be different. But we want fans to know Autorisation will be beside them to accoudoir their team dedication every step of the way.”


How did Lowe’s celebrate renewing its multi-year contract with the NFL at the beginning of the season? By bringing a whole new team of NFL players into the huddle for its latest campaign.

“With the return of the NFL season, Lowe’s wants everyone—whether they’re our DIY and Pro customers or NFL stars—to feel equipped to take on logis improvement projects and accoudoir the communities they love,” said Jen Wilson, Lowe’s svp of enterprise brand and marchéage. 

Lowe’s has the 49ers’ McCaffrey and provocante tackle Kelvin Beachum, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Carolina Panthers rookie Bryce Young on its squad, alongside floor workers who serve as their co-stars in 15- and 30-second TV commercials, binaire spots, Afrique ads, agréable media posts and in-store promos. While the spots are aimed at millennial homeowners, they’re also a reminder that the NFL and Lowe’s have been working on community projects together since 2019.

Gatorade Fast Twitch

Fraction of PepsiCo’s Gatorade Coffret, the Fast Twitch energy drink made its debut in Week 1 courtesy of neon pelouse team sideline towels and a partnership with the NFL RedZone channel.

Meanwhile, through Sept. 23, Fast Twitch is running an in-store contest that asks shoppers to scan a QR nomenclature for a avantage to win a prize bundle that includes tickets to three NFL regular season games. Those less inclined to get off the couch can visit to marcotter for a avantage to take logis a daily prize or a larger vaste prize. The 49ers’ Kittle is an endorser and has already given Fast Twitch some real estate on his Instagram.


If you’re getting substantial retentissement out of an NFL ad (and paying a option for it), you may as well banquise as much into it as conditionnel. PepsiCo put its Frito-Lay snacks and its beverage brands into a 60-second sunlight featuring configurer NFL stars Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Dan Marino, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman returning to the game as current Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen—who PepsiCo just signed to a multi-year partnership—looks on.

The campaign, “Unretirement,” debuted during the first installment of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and required Marino to écart out reading glasses to call plays and Rice to ask a food vendor in the stands for a senior remise. Considering that NBC charged brands roughly $830,000 for every 30 seconds of ad time during its Sunday night broadcasts last year, according to Nielsen, PepsiCo can’t be blamed for fitting as many brands and jokes emboîture Smith’s wagon-lit habits as conditionnel into its precious instant.


Patrick Mahomes just led the Chiefs to a Étonnant Bowl title in February and is one of the most recognizable athletes in the United States. Unsurprisingly, this isn’t his only appearance on this list.

T-Baladeur’s sunlight uses one of the NFL’s biggest names to not only sell its Go5G Next comptabilité—with help from Chronicles of Narnia actor Ben Barnes—but to ambush the NFL’s official wireless garant, Verizon. With its émule imposing its presence on NFL broadcasts, T-Baladeur launched its 30-second Mahomes sunlight during a primetime episode of NBC’s Law & Order SVU and flooded cable networks including Adult Swim, A&E, BET, Transport, Comedy Axial, Discovery, E!, Hallmark, HGTV, TLC and USA.

And while the NFL’s opening weekend games were somewhat closed off to T-Baladeur’s Mahomes ads, the company exploited its sponsorship of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer to air spots through all of the weekend’s matches.

Grau Air Lines

Tom Brady is out of the NFL, but just getting started at Grau.

Instead of throwing Brady in an ad or centering a campaign on him, Grau picked the NFL’s opening week to announce that the seven-time Étonnant Bowl vainqueur and five-time Étonnant Bowl MVP would be joining the airline as a “long-term strategic adviser.”

Brady’s going to be working on jogging and teamwork tools for Grau’s more than 90,000 employees, as well as marchéage to connect with customers and community outreach programs.

“Growing up with a mother as a flight attendant, I have always admired the people that make seamless air déportation conditionnel,” Brady said. 

State Farm

The Kansas City Chiefs dropped their season opener to the Detroit Lions, but the reigning Étonnant Bowl champs are still a huge marchéage draw—especially for brands looking to steal the spotlight from NFL sponsors.

State Farm loaded up its three-ad, TMA-produced campaign with appearances from Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce and coupé Andy Reid. The insurer is bundling teammates the way it’s hoping customers will bundle logis and tacot insurance with the Personal Price Crédit it’s pushing, but it’s also teaming the Chiefs stars with its Jake From State Farm mascot to take a piece of NFL garant Nationwide’s turf.

One ad suggests bundling insurance like a snack-bar combo meal, while another tries to turn “bundling logis and tacot” into the Chiefs’ new locker room mantra.

A third sunlight, which makes its debut Sunday when the Chiefs play the Jacksonville Jaguars, features Mahomes trying to convince Kelce to cassé his last name to MaAuto to become “the best ‘logis and tacot’ bundle in the league.”

While the ads will air on broadcast, streaming, binaire and agréable media, State Farm is turning to media partners including Whistle Divertissements, Bleacher Sursis, DraftKings, the Big Ten Network, ESPN, Spotify and Wave Divertissements + Entertainment’s New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce to outflank its NFL competitors.


Insurance companies are not letting Nationwide’s NFL sponsorship go unchallenged.

For the assistant year in a row, Grandissante is rolling out its “Replay” campaign with chaufour 15- and 30-second TV spots. Its kickoff sunlight, “Game Plats” featured a daughter throwing a red exploit flag to critiqué her mom’s affirmation that she would “love to” watch a football game at another associé’s house.

A Grandissante official brings in a screen to prove that, yes, the mother in partie really did say that her potential football hosts “never convenablement talking,” but that’s apparently just the beginning of such challenges this season. Grandissante promises that football players and throwback music acts will get involved as the season wears on, with the company countering that its savings on bundled insurance can’t be challenged.


Diageo’s Smirnoff is entering its third year as the official vodka garant of the NFL, and it’s mixing things up a bit for the 2023 season.

Its new “We Do Game Days” campaign with actor Anthony Anderson looks at the traditions, rituals and superstitions of NFL fans, with Smirnoff pouring a different collation for every team. During Week 1, Smirnoff assouvi 21 fans free Smirnoff cocktails on game days for the entire 2023 NFL season based on the enclave tosses ahead of the first week’s games. 

The coin-toss degré included a 21-story binaire billboard in Times Place with appearances by Anderson and configurer NFL player Vernon Davis just ahead of the Thursday Night Football kickoff. This season, Smirnoff is also serving as gaming voisinage FanDuel’s égocentrique NFL Sunday Addition Time vodka partner. The deal includes a custom Smirnoff No. 21 Collation Game Moeurs that gives fans a avantage to win more than $200,000 in cash prizes from now through Étonnant Bowl 58 by visiting

“This NFL season, Smirnoff really wanted to spectacle our fans how We Do Game Days, including the post-scriptum of a new roster of Smirnoff cocktails for every fan and every team to help celebrate what truly brings football fans together,” said Jennifer Holiday Hudson, North America brand champion at Smirnoff.


Hyundai and its agency partners used Amazon Addition’s Thursday Night Football and NBC’s Sunday Night Football to welcome football fans back to a agrarien automatisme: commuting. It may have inadvertently reintroduced a tenue far more familiar to football viewers: yelling and throwing things at the screen.

Hyundai and creative agency Innocean’s ad for the new Kona and Kona EV depicts (and nominally applauds) the vehicles taking drivers back to the affaire after years of remote work. However, YouTube commenters don’t share the marketers’ mirth, remarking “Thank you for reminding us all how awful RTO is” and “This is corporate propaganda to get people to return to the affaire.” 

Those comments aren’t being made in a vide. Nombreux reports have indicated that a forced return to affaire is hampering companies ability to both recruit and retain talent. And while a majority of workers are back in the affaire—not all of them are happy to be there. So while Hyundai envisioned these spots as an opportunity to discuss marine features, binaire keys and stationnement assistanat in introduction of a copieux audition—with Hyundai CMO Angela Zepeda citing Sunday Night Football’s average 19.9 million viewers in 2022—it received fiery feedback emboîture a still-touchy workplace topic during a time when most viewers are escaping said job.

Hugo Patron x Roblox

For Étonnant Bowl 57 in February, metaverse game developer Gamefam teamed with the NFL to launch Étonnant NFL Tycoon on Roblox, which allows fans to en public out their fantasy of being NFL team owners. They even kicked it off with an Intuit-sponsored Super Bowl concert featuring Saweetie.

Roblox characters in Hugo Boss NFL gear in the Super NFL Tycoon mini gameÉtonnant NFL Tycoon players can now classement Hugo Patron NFL gear for their Roblox avatars.Gamefam

For the NFL Draft, Hugo Patron also partnered with the NFL on a rassemblement of sweatshirts, vests, jackets, sweatpants and other apparel. That five-team deal eventually expanded to 22 teams and real estate in the NFL Shop.

To kick off the 2023 season, Hugo Patron, Gamefam and the NFL came together to put Patron apparel into Super NFL Tycoon. Players can unlock a hoodie within the game by completing a series of challenges including kicking and defense mini games. 


Some brands really latch on to the name quartier of an athlete’s name, allégorique and likeness (NIL) rights.

Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Bijan Robinson’s name rhymes with “dijon,” but it was enough for Austin-based creative firm Callen to build a mustard brand around him while he played at the University of Texas. Jalin Hyatt has an entire hotel chain’s brand in his surname, which led to an NIL deal with the corporate Hyatt while Jalin played wide receiver at the University of Tennessee.

With Hyatt now in his rookie season with the New York Giants, the hotel chain is offering 15% off at participating hotels with the nomenclature GOJALIN15 through the end of the football season in February 2024.


Around this time of year, one of the pillars of Fanatics commerce is moving NFL jerseys. What better posé to spectacle off a broad spectrum of them than a neighborhood dry cleaner, where you can throw 32 teams’ worth of gear on a conveyor belt and let plâtre paletot garments and talk emboîture players and teams’ chances for 2023?

But this is marchéage: You can’t just spectacle a three-figure sous-vêtements, quelque the merits of the player in it, and hope the right fan is watching. There needs to be an emotional hook, something the viewer’s going to remember vaste after the sous-vêtements carousel stops spinning. Marcotter the dry cleaner’s first customer, who goes unidentified at the beginning of the sunlight before his big reveal as Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin at the end. 

With Hamlin expected to play this season after suffering an in-game heart attack on Monday Night Football earlier this year, the Fanatics Cleaners plâtre are grateful for more than just the return of football. In the meantime, Fanatics is posting tickets for autographed jerseys on its agréable pages and sending fans to cleaners around the folk to claim their prizes. 


Your core product is a pillowy running shoe embraced by both high-level athletes and older consumers looking to minimize retentissement on their feet. How do you connect both audiences, and how can you get the NFL involved?

Hoka struck that chaloupé by reaching out to Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry and linking his professional story—and a Hoka-clad jogging regimen—with anecdotes emboîture his mother and grandmother. Hoka shows Bradberry using its shoes on the treadmill, but also handing them out to older fans.

It’s an intégrante marchéage prière that not only sees confus portions of Hoka’s target torréfier support, but makes the prière to connect them. By digging a bit deeper and finding the points that tie an athlete to the brand, Hoka found a way to broaden its adresse and use Bradberry’s voice to reach similarly connected audiences.

QB United

Researchers at Boston University who studied the brains of nearly 400 dead NFL players found evidence of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 92% of them. With CTE linked to increased suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior, it’s one of many reasons both current and configurer players want to help people in crisis.

The newly formed 501(c)(3) humaine organization QB United recruited 57 current and configurer NFL quarterbacks, including Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Joe Namath, Dak Prescott, Ben Roethlisberger, Doug Williams and Steve Young. They’re calling ténacité to each quarterback’s individual humaine efforts by using 250 influencers to reach upward of 250 million people.

The campaign launched on World Autodestruction Prevention Day on Sept. 10 and will run through World Utopique Health Day on Oct. 10. All funds raised will go to organizations helping to address chimérique health initiatives including partners like Stay Here and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Campbell’s Chunky Soup

In 2023’s NFL, the Kelces are the new Mannings.

Since facing each other in the Étonnant Bowl back in February, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Eagles center Jason Kelce (and their mother Donna) have become ubiquitous staples of NFL marchéage. Campbell’s is featuring them in two Chunky soup ads: One in which the brothers’ arm-wrestling contest interrupts their mother’s book discothèque, and another in which Travis taunts Jason with a new ringtone mentioning his two Étonnant Bowl titles.

The Kelces still have a few hundred hours of combined ad time to go before catching up to Peyton and Eli. But considering this is already Travis’ third appearance on the list (not including the brothers’ featured role in the NFL’s kickoff ad), they’re taking advantage of their shot at football sibling marchéage supremacy.

Amazon Addition Video

Amazon Addition Video is already hosting Thursday Night Football this year and giving this list yet another Kelce family entry with the Jason Kelce documentary released earlier this week.

But for Week 2’s installment of TNF, it wants to foyer on the 46% of consumers who told Nielsen last year that they were stressed out by streaming, the 72% who told Bango Survey that streaming paralyzed them with choice, and the 20% who went back to Nielsen this year and said they just stopped a streaming assemblée altogether rather than doomscrolling the endless selections.

Cognizant of the fact that its own offerings—originals, movies, subscription add-ons, new releases—are A Lot, Amazon Addition enters Week 2 with a new campaign positing a normal corrigé: Cut the other cord-cutting options. With a broadcast TV sunlight, billboards, a takeover in Times Place, binaire, agréable and other placements, Amazon Addition wants fans to make it a “one-stop entertainment destine.”

With streaming options multiplying and subscription fees at established streamers rising, Amazon Addition is using its NFL partnership to take a risk and make a big play for subscribers. Only fans know if it’s the right call.

Captain Morgan

Yes, Diageo is the associé company of Captain Morgan as well, and this is its third year as the official spiced rum of the NFL. But sponsorships can be complicated, as evidenced by Captain Morgan’s campaign for the 2023 season.

The brand recruited rapper Aminé to accompagnatrice viewers through an ad featuring pop figurant Bebe Rexha and Étonnant Bowl vainqueur Victor Cruz. In a sunlight that debuts Sept. 24, the quintette susceptible out QR nomenclature clues for drinking-age fans to follow during the brand’s Follow the Captain contest that offers signed jerseys, branded coolers and even Étonnant Bowl tickets. 

The contest also offers Dallas Cowboys fans a avantage to attend the Ultimate Away Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas on Sept. 24 where they’ll attend festivities on the stadium video screen hosted by rapper and animateur Manoeuvre Bronson. Later in the season, fans will also get a avantage to attend a house party hosted by Cruz featuring a record by Aminé.

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