The jerseys of the three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury will feature a new element in 2019, as PayPal, the world’s digital payment leader, becomes the team’s official jersey badge partner. The Mercury’s three jerseys will include a PayPal logo on the front left shoulder opposite the NIKE logo. The announcement signifies the continued global partnership between PayPal and the Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Suns and Real Club Deportivo Mallorca originally announced in the fall of 2018.
“We are incredibly gratified that a company of PayPal’s global stature and impact values a partnership of this magnitude with our WNBA team,” said Mercury Chief Operating Officer Vince Kozar. “Diversity, inclusion and equality are at the heart of our team’s mission and we are fortunate to have found a company whose values so closely mirror ours. Our players and fans live that mission every day so it’s only fitting that our game uniform will feature a PayPal logo and our season ticket members will be known as the PayPal X-Factor.”
The payment and jersey badge partnership transcends business and sport, and signifies PayPal and the Phoenix Mercury’s commitments to the shared values of inclusion, collaboration, innovation and opportunity, regardless of race, age, gender or sexual orientation.
“Both PayPal and the Mercury strongly align on our mission, vision, and values and believe in putting our customers first,” said PayPal’s General Manager, North America, Robert Clarkson. “This shared DNA made this multi-year partnership a very natural fit and we are incredibly proud that our logo will appear on this values-driven team’s jerseys starting in April.”
The partnership will be utilized as a platform to identify new ways to innovate sports and entertainment commerce and provide a top-tier experience fans have come to expect from the Phoenix Mercury. PayPal will be the first left shoulder sponsor of the Phoenix Mercury and will join local sponsor Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort on the front of the jersey.
After coming within one win of a trip to the WNBA Finals, the Phoenix Mercury return in 2019 in search of a league-record tying fourth WNBA title. Led by the All-Star trio of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix opens its title quest on May 25 at Seattle on ABC. Tickets for Fry’s Food Stores Opening Night on Friday, May 31, at Talking Stick Resort Arena can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com.
Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s more than 250 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit https://www.paypal.com/about. For PayPal Holdings, Inc. financial information, visit https://investor.paypal-corp.com.