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Penrith Panthers rated Australia's top sports brand

PENRITH Panthers have taken number one spot in this year’s edition of the Top 20 Most Valuable Australian Sports Brands with a value estimated at $46.2 million.

The Panthers Group businesses have closely associated the brand successfully with the elite team to create a strong business, which has resulted in the high valuation.

There are six NRL teams in the Top 20 Most Valuable Australian Sports Brands. The Sydney Roosters have the highest brand rating of AAA-.

Tim Sheens’ Kangaroos displayed a master class in the recent Rugby League World Cup final with Jonathan Thurston winning man of the match and team mate Billy Slater the Golden Boot.

Their respective clubs North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and Melbourne Storm will be keen to leverage their success to attract further members and support from fans.

The AFL is striving ahead in terms of total Brand Value accounting for 14 teams with a total brand value of $334 million. This is more than double the value of NRL teams in the Top 20 whose combined brand value totals $151 million.

The key finding from the brand equity research conducted by Landor is that the AFL teams have greater brand equity except for the NRL’s Brisbane Broncos which has the greatest brand equity of any team.

The study also showed that 27% of respondents interact with AFL more than once a week compared to only 21% for NRL.

Key findings:

The Kangaroos dominance in the World Cup Final showcased the talent that the NRL has been capable of producing thanks to the strong brands in the League. The combined brand value of NRL Clubs in the Top 20 exceeds $150 million in 2013.

• The Penrith Panthers top Brand Finance League Table with a brand valuation of $46.2 million, as the Panther’s Group successfully leverage the Panther’s association across a wide variety of operations.

• The Collingwood Magpies possess the most valuable AFL brand (2nd overall) with a brand value of $39.1 million after a financially successful year. The Magpies also received a AAA brand rating, the highest rating in the table thanks to a loyal fan base and strong performances on the field.

• The Sydney office of Landor Associates commissioned an online study to determine the brand strength of sports teams as part of the Top 20 study, with the Brisbane Broncos topping the ranking across all codes. The Australian public ranked each team across four pillars of Knowledge, Relevance, Differentiation and Esteem.

• The Essendon Bombers brand rating has suffered this year dropping from potentially a AAA- to a AA+ since the investigation by ASADA. The fall caused overall brand value to drop around 5% to $24million. The impact could have been more severe but sponsors and fans have remained loyal. Moving into a new state of the art training facility could see Essendon bounce back for the 2014 season.

Although other teams from Rugby Union, A-League and Big Bash were included in the research, only AFL and NRL teams were valuable enough to be featured in the Top 20 Most Valuable Australian Sports Brands.

Commenting on the results Richard Haigh, Brand Finance Australia, Director said: “Branding is important to sports teams because it validates their ability to generate value both on and off the field. This is particularly true amongst Aussie Rules brands which excite incredible brand loyalty but even they were pipped by the Penrith Panthers.”

Commenting on the results Dominic Walsh, Landor Australia, managing director said:“There’s no doubt that the AFL goes deeper in the Australian Psyche than NRL – this goes back to its unique Australian Heritage.”

Brand Finance produce annual reports of the Australia top brands however the study has now been extended to analyse the Top 20 Sports Brands.

The report will be produced annually and incorporates data from all listed companies. Each brand is accorded a brand rating: a benchmarking study of the strength, risk and future potential of a brand relative to its competitor set as well as a brand value: a summary measure of the financial strength of the brand.

Brand Finance plc, is a world leading brand valuation consultancy, advises strongly branded organisations on maximising their brand value through effective management of their brands and intangible assets.

Visit www.brandfinance.com for further information.


Michael Walls
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