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Binance sponsors AFCON to further develop crypto adoption in Africa

Monday marked the start of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations tournament — the largest men’s football championship series in Africa. At the same time, Binance announced its official partnership with the Confederation of African Football as well as its official sponsorship for the AFCON 2021 tournament, becoming the first crypto and blockchain sponsor for the event.Through this sponsorship, Binance will also be promoting CAF’s social media content which will include the Assist of the Day, Assist of the Week and Assist of the Tournament. This content will cover games from five cities in Cameroon across all six venues. Veron Mosengo-Omba, the General Secretary for the CAF, was “delighted to welcome Binance as an official sponsor of the AFCON tournament this year.” Mosengo-Omba said that he is optimistic that this partnership will “push African football to a new level.”AFCON 2021 marks the start of the African sports calendar and will continue until Feb 6.Binance’s partnership with CAF is a part of an ongoing campaign to provide financial services to Africans who they say would normally have very limited access to banks and other financial institutions. So far, Binance says it has already given over 541,000 Africans access to free classes on crypto. Binance Director for Africa Emmanuel Babalola stated: “Football is the most popular sport in Africa.” He said that they hope this sponsorship will further “corroborate our mission to take crypto mainstream across the continent.”

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Crypto exchanges aim for home run at Super Bowl 2022

Crypto exchange platforms Crypto.com and FTX will run advertising commercials at the Super Bowl LVI 2022 on Feb. 13. Both exchanges have been working tirelessly to establish their brands and penetrate the United States market. Super Bowl advertisements are known to be very costly, with rates going above $5 million for just 30 seconds. Some sponsors are even willing to pay up to a record high of $6.5 million for the same air time. Recently, Crypto.com also announced a partnership with Angel City Football Club, a soccer team that’s expected to play in 2022. Aside from this, the exchange’s efforts include securing naming rights for Staples Center. The exchange purchased naming rights for $700 million over 20 years. With this, Staples Center is renamed into Crypto.com Arena this December.In an official announcement, Crypto.com Co-Founder and CEO Kris Marszalek said that they are using their platform “in new and creative ways so that cryptocurrency can power the future of world-class sports, entertainment, and technology.”Meanwhile, FTX also dedicates a large sum of its advertising budget to bolstering brand recognition in the U.S. In October, the exchange confirmed that they would be running an ad in the upcoming Super Bowl. The exchange also got Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen to star in a $20-million ad campaign. Related: FC Barcelona, Man City canceled crypto deals show cash is not everythingEarlier this year, FTX also secured naming rights for a U.S. stadium. The exchange reportedly paid $135 million for a 19-year contract to rename Miami Heat’s home stadium into the FTX Arena. Back in 2020, blockchain penetrated the Super Bowl through non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Non-profit trade group Avocados from Mexico inserted NFTs in their advertising campaign. With this, users can collect digital avocados and are able to win blockchain-based rewards. According to Ivonne Kinser, the Head of Digital Marketing at Avocados from Mexico, the results were overwhelmingly positive. Kinser said they delivered “3.2 billion social impressions” through the ad campaign.

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Crypto​.com partners with Los Angeles' Angel City Football Club

Cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com has inked another deal to expand its brand recognition in the United States with the professional women’s sports team Angel City Football Club.In a Tuesday announcement, Crypto.com said it had partnered with the Los Angeles soccer team in an effort to increase the awareness of and access to crypto, blockchain and Web 3.0 among Angelenos, soccer fans and the athletes themselves. The exchange said it plans to continue looking for “unique and impactful ways” to invest in L.A., with the partnership aimed at encouraging “financial education, independence and financial empowerment” for women.“Given the speed with which Web 3.0 and cryptocurrency is changing our world, we want to ensure that women are being brought along on the journey as investors and creators,” said Angel City Football Club co-founder and president Julie Uhrman. “We are excited to work with [Crypto.com] to educate our community and players on crypto and allow our players to use the power of NFTs to connect with and create a deeper relationship with their fans.” The partnership is the crypto exchange’s latest expansion into Los Angeles. Crypto.com announced in November that it had secured the naming rights to the city’s multi-purpose Staples Center for 20 years in a $700 million deal. The venue — expected to officially change names on Saturday — has been home to the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.I took some photos around Staples Center before the final changes to becoming Crypto. The iconic Staples Center letters are gone, and blue is the new theme. We’re in the final stages of the conversion.https://t.co/wLEgslWpDR— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) December 21, 2021Related: Angelenos push back on new Crypto.com arena: ‘It will always be the Staples Center’As it grows, Crypto.com has been partnering with high-profile individuals and companies to promote cryptocurrencies and blockchain. In July, the company signed a $175-million sponsorship agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Actor Matt Damon also appeared in ads released around the world beginning in October.

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Fan token market cap surged over 60% since June: Data

The fan token market has been growing in value this year, surging around $157 million in terms of total market capitalization since June.According to data from major fan token website FanMarketCap, the market cap of all fan tokens is estimated to amount to slightly over $417 million at the time of writing. This is almost 60.4% up from the overall value of $260 million recorded in mid-June 2021, as Cointelegraph previously reported.The fan token market’s daily trading volume amounts to $270.2 million at publishing time.According to FanTokenStats, some of the most-valued fan tokens include Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Manchester City (CITY) issued by major fan token provider Socios and based on the Chiliz blockchain infrastructure. While PSG’s market capitalization is valued at just over $49 million, CITY’s market cap is at $38 million.Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is also a major fan token player, launching its own fan token platform in October 2021. Running on Binance’s token launch platform Binance Launchpad, the Lazio Fan Token (LAZIO) is among the biggest fan tokens with a market cap of roughly $51 million, according to FanTokenStats.Socios and Chiliz founder and CEO Alexandre Dreyfus told Cointelegraph that all fan tokens across Socios and Chiliz’s fan token ecosystem have sold for $250 million so far. He predicted that the market size of fan tokens and social tokens will surge up to $10 billion in the next five years.Fan tokens are a form of digital currency providing holders with access to a number of fan-related membership perks including voting on club decisions, merchandise designs, rewards as well as other fan engagement experiences within sports clubs and music fan clubs.Dreyfus emphasized that fan tokens are not cryptocurrencies but rather digital assets: “You cannot spend fan tokens to buy something, you can own fan tokens to get fan benefits.” He still noted that fan tokens’ use cases are different for fans and traders. “Fans will hold, traders will trade,” Dreyfus said.Related: Manchester City officials sign and suspend partnership with mysterious crypto firm within a weekAccording to the CEO, sources like CoinMarketCap (CMC) and CoinGecko do not correctly reflect the initial price of Socios-issued fan tokens, which is usually around $2 per token. As such, CITY was originally priced at $2 per token instead of $10, which is according to CMC and CoinGecko.“You can’t see it on CoinMarketCap,” Dreyfus noted, adding that sources like CMC and CoinGecko don’t get fan token offering price but rather capture the listing price only. “Fan tokens are first pre-sold at fixed price during a flash sale before being listed,” he added.

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DraftKings Marketplace plans to launch gamified NFT collection next NFL season

The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, in collaboration with sports betting operator DraftKings Inc., announced the launch of a gamified nonfungible token, or NFT, collection to drop on DraftKings Marketplace during the 2022–2023 NFL season. Starting next year, fans will be able to play NFT-based games featuring their favorite NFL Players, according to the company.OneTeam, the official media business partner of the NFLPA, helped facilitate the deal with DraftKings, giving them the necessary licensing rights to use the name, image and likeness for active NFL players. In a statement shared on the DraftKings website, Beth Beiriger, senior vice president of product operations for DraftKings Marketplace said, “The future of fandom is unfolding in front of us, and few organizations beyond DraftKings are as equipped to capitalize on the increasing intersection between sports and NFTs that will be cornerstones of engagement and entertainment within Web 3.0.”The DraftKings Marketplace went live this past August with its inaugural Tom Brady NFT collection in partnership with the NFT platform co-founded by Brady, himself, called Autograph. Besides NFTs, Brady further displayed his backing of crypto by giving a fan 1 BTC for his 600th touchdown pass. Related: Rams player Odell Beckham Jr. will accept NFL salary in BitcoinThe announcement suggested that DraftKings’ upcoming NFTs will enable customers to buy and sell collectibles via the Polygon network, and use them within games against other players. The goal of the DraftKings’ NFT experience is to “create authentic connections for avid fans,” according to Sean C. Sansiveri, general counsel and head of business affairs at NFL Players Inc., the marketing and licensing arm of the NFLPA. Related: Pro sports leagues are no longer resisting NFTs: Dapper LabsLast month, the NFL also entered a collaboration with Ticketmaster to tie NFT collectibles to select game tickets when purchased, emphasizing the pro sports league’s broad adoption of blockchain technology.

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