Ally enters WNBA sponsorship space with extensive Las Vegas Aces partnership

March 6, 2024
Financial services company Ally — a women’s sports sponsorship heavy-hitter — inked a multiyear deal with the two-time WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces yesterday, marking the brand’s first foray into the league.
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Ally enters WNBA sponsorship space with extensive Las Vegas Aces partnership
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The GIST: Financial services company Ally — a women’s sports sponsorship heavy-hitter — inked a multiyear deal with the two-time WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces yesterday, marking the brand’s first foray into the league. Ally CMO Andrea Brimmer and Aces president Nikki Fargas recently spoke with The GIST about why the partnership, as Fargas put it, “just aligned.”

The details: Through the deal, Ally becomes the first-ever retail banking sponsor of the Aces and the team’s official jersey patch sponsor. The agreement also brings Ally closer to its 50/50 Pledge goal, which Brimmer said the company hopes to achieve by EOY.

  • Additionally, Ally will provide fan engagement opportunities at Aces games, including sweepstakes and theme nights, and assist the W team with various community outreach programs.

The ambassadors: Ally will also add Aces teammates Sydney Colson and Alysha Clark to Team Ally, an ambassador program for women athletes. Fargas explained that the pair was tapped because they’re already perfect teammates. “They play a role for a basketball team, but they are role models for our team, for our community... They are aligned with the future of what an ambassador should look like: utilizing their platform.”

The collaboration: Both Fargas and Brimmer — who met through the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders’ president Sandra Douglas Morgan — stressed the importance of working with those who have shared values. “We believe in a lot of the same things, and our organizations do [too]. For us, that made this thing a no-brainer,” Brimmer said.

  • She also noted the personal component to deal negotiation, where trust and value alignment comes into play. “A lot of deals are done because you personally hit it off with somebody and you know that they’re going to have your back and … go the extra mile for you…” Brimmer said, adding the pair "sealed the deal, as any two smart women do, over a good tequila."

Zooming out: Brimmer and Fargas’ camaraderie and shared values resulted in a partnership that benefits both organizations. It’s another example of women leaders connecting in the women’s sports space and recognizing how companies and clubs can work together for the benefit of all. Salud.

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