NFL hires Horizon as global media agency

Dave Bolger, VP of consumer media for the NFL, in a statement said: “As we continue to refine our approach to fan development and engagement, we were looking for a partner to help us combine the intelligent use of data-driven media activations with our best-in-class storytelling. Horizon and its global affiliates demonstrated that ability at every step of the process. Their fan-first planning approach, coupled with their impressive capabilities across the media landscape, will surely help us bolster our efforts to grow fandom and NFL affinity around the globe.” 

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with such an iconic symbol of American culture to bring our unbeatable combination of world-class people and innovative data solutions together for a winning combination for many years to come,” said Bill Koenigsberg, CEO and founder of Horizon Media.

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The NFL’s 2022-23 regular season games averaged 16.7 million viewers, down from 17.1 million viewers the season earlier. The drop has in part been attributed to the league’s decision to move Thursday night games from broadcast TV to Amazon Prime.

This is the latest win for Horizon, which picked up media duties for Kohl’s, Lionsgate, Slimfast and BlueTriton last year. This is also the latest foray into sports marketing for Horizon, which launched its Horizon Sports and Experiences unit last year and shortly after picked up business with NBA Entertainment, the marketing and production arm of the National Basketball Association. Early this year Horizon, helped launched a pickleball competition that featured tennis legends Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick.

Contributing: Brian Bonilla