Microsoft in discussions to land Real Madrid’s Bernabeu naming rights
According to Spanish television channel Antena 3, software giants are well on their way to landing naming rights to Real Madrid’s stadium Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Microsoft España president María Garaña told Antena 3 that they are in fact one of the candidates for the lucrative deal.
Forbes speculates, using Premier League sponsorship deals in the recent past, that the naming rights to Real Madrid’s home since 1947 could cost Microsoft upwards of $10 million a year.
Bill Gates is splashing the cash in sports advertising recently, already owning the front of the Seattle Sounders kit along with an MLS partnership and a $400 million deal with the NFL signed earlier this year.
Spanish media outlet El Confidential reported in late October that Gates himself is involved in the negotiations with Real Madrid, and that the talks will progress slowly seeing as team president Fiorentino Perez does not want to make a decision until the middle of next year.
El Confidential also reports that the naming rights would not take effect until the summer of 2016 when the renovations to the Bernabeu are scheduled to be completed.
Microsoft has connections to Real Madrid already through partnerships with the club’s charitable organization the Real Madrid Foundation.