Gear Seven/Arc Studios/Shift
Wake The Town
Contemplative Reptile
  • International Edition
  • USA Edition
  • UK Edition
  • Australian Edition
  • Canadian Edition
  • Irish Edition
  • German Edition
  • French Edition
  • Singapore Edition
  • Spanish edition
  • Polish edition
  • Indian Edition
  • Middle East edition
  • South African Edition

ESPN Looks to 'Extra Time' In Lieu of Yesterday's Absent UEFA Euro 2020 Final


Through a spot created with Preacher, ESPN turns disappointment into opportunity with message to fans and players

ESPN Looks to 'Extra Time' In Lieu of Yesterday's Absent UEFA Euro 2020 Final
UEFA Euro 2020 was poised to be the biggest, most anticipated European Football Championship in its storied 60-year history. The quadrennial tournament was to be hosted across twelve different nations throughout Europe for the first time ever, and ESPN was ready to bring exclusive, around-the-clock coverage to American fans like never before. Yesterday, 12th July, would have been the final match to crown the continent's winner at Wembley Stadium. Now, due to the pandemic, fans will have to wait exactly one more year.

Rather than lament the delay, ESPN is focused on 'extra time' to deepen fans’ anticipation and excitement for the tournament’s 2021 return. Through a :60 spot created in collaboration with Austin agency, Preacher, ESPN is sending a message to soccer fans and players to take the next calendar year as a chance to turn disappointment into opportunity.

The film features cameos from the game's biggest stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo,  Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and beloved teams, as well as nods to rivalries and rituals both old and new, and will run (in :30 and :60 versions) across all ESPN social properties as well as on its website.

"As fans ourselves, it was important to us to empathise with the bummer news but not to wallow in it. When we landed on the idea of reframing the year-long postponement as 'extra time', it felt like a genuine, relatable way to raise interest and intensity." said Seth Gaffney, chief strategy officer at Preacher.

VP of sports marketing at ESPN, Emeka Ofodile, added: “From MLS to Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, and Premier League, soccer is back, and so is UEFA EURO 2020 next summer. We’ve got ‘extra time’ to get ready for one of the biggest tournaments in the world, and we’re letting fans know that ESPN will be with them every step of the way.”


Agency / Creative
Post Production / VFX
Music / Sound
view more - Creative
Sign up to our newsletters and stay up to date with the best work and breaking ad news from around the world.
Preacher, Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:58:19 GMT