Hero to drop sponsorship of IPL and Mumbai Indians
This announcement comes three days after Hero decided to renew its sponsorship deal with the governing body of world hockey, the International Hockey Federation (FIH), following a successful first edition of the Hockey India League, where they were the title sponsors.
In 2011, Hero had signed a $15 million sponsorship deal with the Mumbai franchise which was the biggest in the history of the IPL. That deal had only strengthened their ties with the franchise, considering they were already present in the first three seasons of the league as one of the many sponsors.
Cricket's loss, however, is other sports' gain, primarily hockey's as Hero continues to pump in investments in its direction. Their renewed sponsorship deal with FIH will see at least one major international event being held in India annually for the next four years.
This will include the upcoming Hockey World League 2, the 2013 men's Junior World Cup, the 2014 men's Hockey World League final, the 2014 Champions Trophy and the 2015 Hockey World League final.
"We have been associated with cricket for over two decades, and it is not correct to say that we are now moving away from cricket. We at Hero MotoCorp are engaged in the promotion of several sports including
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