Crypto Brand FTX Activates Title Sponsorship Of ‘MLB Home Run Derby X’ In London

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Crypto brand FTX teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) as the title partner of the league’s touring 2022 ‘FTX MLB Home Run Derby X’ event which began with a blockbuster event in London on 9 July to build brand awareness, drive engagement and tract new customers both in the USA and overseas.


Country: UK


Agencies: Imagination, Cake & Team Whistle





The Bahamian cryptocurrency exchange FTX, which is incorporated in Antigua and Barbuda averages $10bn of daily trading volume and boasts more than one million users, partners with major events and property owners to build awareness of its brand and engage with young adult crypto traders around the world.


FTX has placed sports sponsorship at the heart of its marketing mix as it seeks to stand out among 300 other crypto exchange platforms and to build its brand in the USA and across several key international markets including the UK and South Korea.


Back in 2021 that FTX became the official crypto exchange of Major League Baseball and, as a result of the partnership, an FTX brand patch is seen on every MLB umpire uniform.


As well as its MLB alliance, it boasts official tie-ups with the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team and with the NBA’s Miami Heat and Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, plus an international rights deal with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, a name-image-likeness deal with the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. Plus it has a strong team of individual sports ambassadors including with Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen, Steph Curry and Boston Red Sox legend and recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee David Ortiz.


To activate its MLB partnership, it teamed up with a group of agencies to activate around its title sponsorship of the ‘FTX MLB Home Run Derby’ International Tour.





The global touring event was put together by the league, the sponsor and a team of agencies including experience design company Imagination, sports agency Havas’ Cake and Team Whistle.


The inaugural ‘FTX MLB Home Run Derby X’ event, which was held in London’s Crystal Palace Park, was a ‘baseball-meets-festival’ event targeted existing fans and a new generation of supporters.


It was hosted by Emma Saunders and Josh Denzel and the core phase of the event was built around a fresh format which saw four teams – each consisting of an MLB legend, a star, a rookie and wild card – representing famous MLB franchises Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees compete in a series of batting based games with huge home runs and epic catches. It culminated with the Yankees beating the Red Sox 42-40 in the final.


The event also included a set of interactive baseball-inspired activities, classic ballpark food, a live performance by AJ Tracey, sets by Reprezent Radio DJs, Bisola and DJ GBE and MLB merchandise purchasing opportunities.


FTX MLB Home Run Derby X global tour is being supporting by Imagination, the global experience design company, Cake, the Havas-owned creative agency specialising in sport, entertainment and culture and global media company, Team Whistle and the event was promoted through an integrated, multi-channel, multi-strand campaign and was streamed live.




As well as at-event branding, a branded baseball giveaway, on-the-ground activations and a bespoke branded space, title sponsor FTX ran a cause campaign with the Youth Sport Trust and also created a bespoke event NFT Token range just for the tour and promoted its tie up through a set of social media content.




FTX MLB Home Run Derby X will continue to create high-energy live event experiences and opportunities for digital storytelling as attention moves to


London was the tour’s opening event and the other two festivals will take place in Seoul on 17 September and in Mexico City on 15 October.






The event attracted 11,000 people in person, plus more than 1.2m viewers via the live stream and generated 6.9m total event views across MLB’s social channels.


Across social channels, the event generated 808,000 engagements and 77% of the audience who tuned in for the TikTok live stream were not existing followers/fans of MLB and thus the event succeeded in attracting a new audience.


Other standout success metrics included:
> A total of 2,464 baseballs were used onsite for gameplay and crowd giveaway purposes – including the orange FTX Hot Streak balls

> £17,000 donated to Youth Sport Trust by FTX which committed £425 for every Home Run that was hit on an FTX Hot Streak ball

> More than 1,000 HRDX Hot Dogs sold via Home Run House food truck and there was absolutely 0 event merchandise stock left of Home Run Derby X event.





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