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Leading Handball Bundesliga club signs IMG partnership

German Handball Bundesliga club Rhein-Neckar Löwen has signed a 10-year marketing partnership with the IMG agency.

The deal, which will begin in the 2014-15 season, will see IMG gain an exclusive marketing mandate for the hospitality and advertising rights at all of the club's home games at its SAP Arena. Rhein-Neckar Löwen and IMG will also create a joint sales team to support the new partnership.

“For the SAP Arena, this conclusion on the one hand means long-term planning with our partner Rhein-Neckar Löwen and, on the other hand, interesting new marketing approaches and cooperation with IMG,” SAP Arena chief executive Daniel Hopp said.

Having finished joint top of the 2013-14 Handball Bundesliga alongside THW Kiel, a slightly inferior goal difference meant Rhein-Neckar Löwen missed out on the title.

Matthias Pietza, managing director of IMG Germany & Austria, added: “We are firmly convinced that we will succeed in supporting the club in its further economic development. In addition, we are very pleased to be working with Daniel Hopp and his SAP Arena team in the development of other exciting projects.”