3ICE and Legends Enter Strategic Partnership to Support and Accelerate Growth of new 3-on-3 Hockey League

Legends to Manage Sponsorships, Merchandise and Make Strategic Investment in 3ICE

3ICE, a three-on-three professional ice hockey league, and Legends, a data-intelligence fueled global premium experiences company, announced today a strategic partnership to support and accelerate the growth of the new independent North American hockey league. In addition to managing several lines of revenue generating operations for 3ICE, Legends will make a minority investment in the league.

3ICE concluded its successful inaugural season in August with a nationally televised championship tournament live from Las Vegas on CBS. The league will return for its second season in summer 2023. As part of the comprehensive new partnership, Legends will manage sponsorships, omnichannel merchandise, media strategy and buying for 3ICE, leveraging the company’s technology solutions division to deliver innovative, data-driven actionable insights and solutions across each service. In addition, 3ICE will have access to all areas of Legends’ intelligence-fueled 360-degree service solution, including planning, sales, and hospitality, as the league expands.

“We are overjoyed to partner with Legends across so many of their skillsets, it is a large step forward that continues our rapid growth and further validates our business and will translate into better experiences for all of our fans, sponsors, players, investors and every division within 3ICE,” said E.J. Johnson, CEO of 3ICE.

“E.J. and his team at 3ICE have created an exhilarating new take on a classic sport, giving the built-in fan base more of the speed, skill and thrill they love. We are excited to work alongside them to accelerate the growth of the league following an impressive inaugural season,” said Gabby Roe, President, Legends Growth Enterprises.

In the first season, 3ICE featured six teams with professional hockey pedigree players who traveled to eight tour-stops to compete in a tournament where each game consists of two, eight-minute halves using a running clock on a full-sized rink. Craig Patrick is League Commissioner and he was joined by six NHL Hall of Fame players as team coaches: Guy Carbonneau, Grant Fuhr, John LeClair, Joe Mullen, Larry Murphy and Bryan Trottier. The inaugural season of 3ICE aired on CBS Sports in the United States, TSN in Canada and ESPN for international rights. Players competed for more than $2 million in prize money throughout the season.

3ICE joins a growing list of Legends Growth Enterprises partners, the company’s division focused on leveraging its 360° service solution to support sports and entertainment properties, attractions, events, and platforms that are positioned for accelerated growth.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Partner with Legends for Sponsorship Sales in Germany

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Legends announced today a new partnership focused on commercialization for the team in Germany. As part of the agreement, the global premium experiences company will manage a data-driven sponsorship sales strategy for the Buccaneers to assist the team’s brand building efforts in Germany.

The Buccaneers were one of four teams awarded international marketing rights in Germany as part of the NFL’s International Home Marketing Area (IHMA) initiative. Tampa Bay, led by seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, will take on the Seattle Seahawks in a groundbreaking game in Munich, Germany on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at Allianz Arena, a 75,000-seat stadium that is home to FC Bayern Munich of the Bundesliga. This first-ever NFL regular season game in Germany is sold out.

“Buccaneers fans in Germany have quickly embraced our team and there is a genuine excitement for the historic game that will be played in Munich in the coming weeks,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Our partners at Legends will play a crucial role in helping us build off this initial wave of enthusiasm as we focus on building long-term corporate relationships and establishing the Buccaneers brand throughout Germany. As leaders in the global premium experiences industry, Legends has all of the expertise required to help us maximize our opportunities as we focus on elevating and expanding our presence in Germany.”     

Legends’ Germany team based out of Hamburg will lead the engagement with the Buccaneers, which runs through the end of the team’s IHMA rights in 2026. Legends is partnered with many of the world’s most iconic sports, entertainment, and attractions brands and has extensive experience leading global partnership sales for premier professional sports teams. The company’s Hospitality division is currently also partnered with the Buccaneers, overseeing food and beverage operations at Raymond James Stadium.

“Legends is proud to partner with the Buccaneers to help the team establish a lasting brand presence in Germany through strategic marketing partnerships and activations,” said Jens König, Managing Director of Central Europe, Legends International. “Germany has a strong NFL fan base, and we look forward to working with the Buccaneers to find the right partners in Germany to build on the excitement in the market surrounding the upcoming sold-out game in Munich.”   

The Buccaneers have fans around the world and have consistently been featured in the global spotlight for the NFL. This is the fourth time the Buccaneers will take part in the NFL’s International Series of games, having previously played in London, England three times (2009, 2011 and 2019), twice at Wembley Stadium and once at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

German Press Release


Die Tampa Bay Buccaneers und Legends haben heute eine langfristige Partnerschaft zur Vermarktung des Teams in Deutschland bekannt gegeben. Das globale Sportmarketingunternehmen wird die Sponsoringvermarktung des Superbowl Siegers von 2021 verantworten. Dafür greift Legends auf seine datengetriebene Vertriebsexpertise zurück.

Als eines von vier Teams erhielten die Buccaneers im Rahmen der NFL-Initiative International Home Marketing Area (IHMA) internationale Vermarktungsrechte in Deutschland. Tampa Bay, angeführt vom siebenfachen Super Bowl-Champion Tom Brady, wird am Sonntag, den 13. November 2022, im ersten NFL Regular Season Game in der ausverkauften Allianz Arena in München gegen die Seattle Seahawks antreten.

„Die Buccaneers-Fans in Deutschland haben unser Team schnell ins Herz geschlossen, und es herrscht eine riesige Begeisterung für das historische Spiel, das im November in München ausgetragen wird“, sagte Brian Ford, Chief Operating Officer der Buccaneers. „Unser Partner Legends wird uns maßgeblich dabei unterstützen, auf Basis dieser Begeisterung langfristige Unternehmensbeziehungen aufzubauen und die Marke Buccaneers in Deutschland zu etablieren. Als führendes Unternehmen im globalen Sportmarketing verfügt Legends über die richtige Expertise, uns dabei zu unterstützen, unsere Ziele in Deutschland zu erreichen.“

Das in Hamburg ansässige Legends Team wird die Partnerschaft mit den Buccaneers, die bis zum Ende der IHMA-Rechte des Teams im Jahr 2026 vereinbart ist, verantworten. Legends arbeitet mit den weltweit bekanntesten Sport-, Unterhaltungs- und Entertainmentmarken zusammen und verfügt über umfangreiche Expertise in der globalen Sponsorshipvermarktung. Die Hospitalitysparte des Unternehmens ist bereits Partner der Buccaneers und betreut den Cateringbetrieb im Raymond James Stadium.

„Millionen von Fans fiebern bereits dem ersten Regular Season Game der NFL in Deutschland entgegen. Legends ist stolz darauf, mit den Buccaneers zusammenzuarbeiten, und bei der Entwicklung von strategischen Partnerschaften zu unterstützen, um die Präsenz in Deutschland weiter nachhaltig auszubauen“, sagt Jens König, Managing Director Central Europe von Legends.

Die erfolgreichste Sportliga der Welt, NFL und die Buccaneers haben eine weltweite, begeisterte Fangemeinde. Es ist das vierte Mal, dass die Buccaneers am NFL International Game teilnehmen. Zuvor spielten sie dreimal in London, England, (2009, 2011 und 2019), zweimal im Wembley-Stadion und einmal im Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Legends Accelerates Global Expansion


Continued Investment in Infrastructure Supports European Growth of the Business

Legends, a data-intelligence fueled global premium experiences company, is accelerating its worldwide growth with continued investment and expansion in the company’s burgeoning International business. Today, the company announced the appointment of well-respected industry executive Jesus Bueno as Managing Director of Iberia. Bueno joins Legends after 12 years at the NBA, most recently serving as Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Bueno will oversee the development and implementation of Legends’ unique 360-degree services platform in Spain and Portugal. Legends holistic data-driven solution for sports and entertainment organizations, venues and attractions is comprised of Planning, Sales, Partnerships, Hospitality, Merchandise and Technology Solutions service divisions.

“Legends global business is rapidly expanding, and we are humbled by the incredible brands we have the privilege of supporting on the world stage,” said Mike Tomon, Co-President and COO, Legends. “With our established business in Spain and well-found confidence in the market, the time is right for a further investment in infrastructure to underpin our commitment to the dynamic sporting landscape in Spain. Chus’ market expertise and deep industry experience will help us drive continued growth and lead a local team in Iberia that will provide world-class results leveraging our unique 360° service solution.”

Legends is partnered with many of the world’s most iconic sports, entertainment, and attractions brands. In Spain this includes an expansive partnership with Real Madrid CF leveraging the company’s 360° platform to optimize the management of the renowned Santiago Bernabéu stadium. As well, Legends is working closely with several La Liga first division clubs providing wide-ranging feasibility work to assist the clubs in infrastructure investment decisions. Throughout Europe, Legends also counts Liverpool FC, Manchester United FC, The Shard, Rugby World Cup 2023, UFC, The European Tour and Ryder Cup as clients.

Bueno has more than 25 years of global experience in professional sports management and entertainment across all business disciplines. Before joining Legends, he held executive positions at the NBA for 12 years, last serving as Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to the NBA, Bueno was the Managing Director of the Spanish Basketball Federation in Spain, organizing the Eurobasket 2007 in Spain, as well as the Managing Director of SPAIN 2014 BID that won the FIBA WC2014 in 2009. Bueno started his career as a professional basketball player in Spain. After retiring as a player, he began his executive career in 1995 running the Basketball Players Association in Spain and Europe for 10 years.

Spanish Press Release



La inversión continua en infraestructuras apoya el crecimiento europeo de la empresa

Legends, una empresa de experiencias premium alimentada por la inteligencia de datos, está acelerando su crecimiento mundial con inversión y expansión continua en el negocio internacional. Hoy, la compañía ha anunciado el nombramiento del respetado ejecutivo del sector Jesús Bueno como Director General de Iberia. Bueno se une a Legends después de 12 años en la NBA, y más recientemente como Vicepresidente de Europa, Oriente Medio y África.

Bueno supervisará el desarrollo y la implementación de la plataforma única de servicios 360 grados de Legends en España y Portugal, haciendo crecer el negocio y apoyando la asociación de Legends con el Real Madrid CF. La solución holística basada en datos de Legends para organizaciones deportivas y de entretenimiento, recintos y atracciones está compuesta por las divisiones de servicios de Planificación, Ventas, Partnerships, Hospitality, Merchandise y Soluciones Tecnológicas.

“El negocio global de Legends se está expandiendo rápidamente, y nos sentimos humildes por las increíbles marcas que tenemos el privilegio de apoyar en el escenario mundial,” dijo Mike Tomon, Co-Presidente y COO de Legends. “Con nuestro negocio establecido en España y una confianza bien fundada en el mercado, es el momento adecuado para una mayor inversión en infraestructura que respalde nuestro compromiso con el dinámico panorama deportivo en España. El conocimiento del mercado y la profunda experiencia de Chus en la industria nos ayudarán a impulsar el crecimiento continuo y a liderar un equipo local en Iberia que proporcionará resultados de clase mundial aprovechando nuestra solución única de servicio 360.”

Legends está asociada con muchas de las marcas deportivas, de entretenimiento y de atracciones más emblemáticas del mundo. En España, esto incluye una asociación integral con el Real Madrid CF que aprovecha la plataforma 360º de la empresa para optimizar la gestión del famoso estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Además, Legends está trabajando estrechamente con varios clubes de primera división de La Liga proporcionando un amplio trabajo de viabilidad para ayudar a los clubes en las decisiones de inversión en infraestructuras. En toda Europa, Legends también cuenta con el Liverpool FC, el Manchester United FC, The Shard, la Copa del Mundo de Rugby 2023, la UFC, el European Tour y la Ryder Cup como clientes.

Bueno cuenta con más de 25 años de experiencia global en la gestión del deporte profesional y el entretenimiento en todas las disciplinas empresariales. Antes de incorporarse a Legends, ocupó cargos ejecutivos en la NBA durante 12 años, el último como Vicepresidente para Europa, Oriente Medio y África. Antes de la NBA, Bueno fue Director General de la Federación Española de Baloncesto en España, organizando el Eurobasket 2007 en España, así como Director General del BID ESPAÑA 2014 que ganó la FIBA WC2014 en 2009. Bueno comenzó su carrera como jugador profesional de baloncesto en España. Tras retirarse como jugador, comenzó su carrera ejecutiva en 1995 dirigiendo la Asociación de Jugadores de Baloncesto en España y Europa durante 10 años.