Guaranteed Rate Becomes Title Sponsor of the Gotham Classic

Guaranteed Rate Becomes Title Sponsor of the Gotham Classic

December 10, 2021

CHICAGO/PRINCETON, N.J.  –Guaranteed Rate, a leader in mortgage lending and digital financial services, announces it is the title sponsor of the eighth Gotham Classic taking place at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 18

This year’s Guaranteed Rate Gotham Classic, produced by The Gazelle Group, will feature a doubleheader with the St. John’s Red Storm playing against the Pitt Panthers on FS1 and the No. 24 Seton Hall Pirates taking on the Iona Gaels on FS2.

“We’re excited about the kickoff to the college hoops season, and we’re proud to sponsor a premier event like this year’s Gotham Classic,” said Guaranteed Rate Vice President of Sports Marketing and Partnerships Steve McNelley.

St. John’s holds a 34-24 series advantage over Pitt, although the Panthers have won 11 of the last 14 meetings, the last of which was on February 24, 2013. The Red Storm hold a 7-6 advantage in games played at The Garden.

Seton Hall has won 30 out of 39 games against Iona, including last year’s 86-64 win in the first game for Rick Pitino as head coach of the Gaels. It was the first time in 15 years that the two schools played each other.

“We are delighted that Guaranteed Rate has joined us in putting on a first-class doubleheader for the fans in New York,” says Gazelle Group president Rick Giles. “The Guaranteed Rate Gotham Classic has established a strong foothold in New York over the years and is a great way to start the holiday season in the greatest city in the world. We look forward to a very successful partnership with Guaranteed Rate.”
Founded in 2000, Guaranteed Rate’s mission is to deliver more value to customers than any other financial services company by offering innovative technology, low rates and unparalleled customer service.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Guaranteed Rate Gotham Classic, visit

About Guaranteed Rate Companies:

The Guaranteed Rate Companies includes Guaranteed Rate, Inc., one of the top five retail mortgage lenders in the United States, Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, and Proper Rate, LLC. Headquartered in Chicago, Guaranteed Rate Companies combined funded over $73 billion in 2020 and have more than 10,000 employees in over 850 offices across the United States. Founded in 2000 and located in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Guaranteed Rate has helped homeowners nationwide with home purchase loans and refinances. The company has established itself as an industry leader by introducing innovative technology, offering low rates and delivering unparalleled customer service. In 2017, the company launched Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc. and Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage. In 2020, the company launched Proper Rate, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc. and @properties, one of the nation’s largest residential brokerage firms. Collectively, the Guaranteed Rate Companies have earned numerous honors and awards including: Forbes Advisor’s Top 10 Mortgage Lenders for 2021; Best Mortgage Lender for Online Loans and Best Mortgage Lender for Refinancing by NerdWallet for 2021; 2018 Top Lender for Online Service by U.S. News & World Report; HousingWire’s 2020 Tech100 award for the company’s industry-leading FlashCloseSM technology; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide’s 2021 list of Top Retail Mortgage Lenders; Chicago Agent Magazine’s Lender of the Year for six consecutive years; and Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years. Visit for more information.

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