FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Are Football Players Underperforming Thanks to Gambling Addictions? http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4335/title=are+football+players+underperforming+thanks+to+gambling+addictions%3F Whenever a star player is not playing up to his potential, the vultures come out in the form of media critics who try to dissect what could be going wrong. This is doubly true if said player is on an expensive contract, or the club just paid out a kings fortune in transfer fees to get him there, only to see him put up a fraction of the goals he was paid to put up. Is his partying too much with celebrities and ending up pasted across national tabloids the world over affecting his... Premier League On Time With TAG Heuer http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4334/title=premier+league+on+time+with+tag+heuer+ The Premier League have signed a deal with TAG Heuer who will become the Leagues first Official Time Keeper and Watch Partner. The agreement, which covers the three seasons 2016/17 2018/19, was announced today (Tuesday) with simultaneous events in Hong Kong and London. In Hong Kong, Jean Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, was joined by former Manchester United goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel to announce the new partnership. Rob Diver, MD of TAG Heuer UK joined Richard Masters, Managing... Hillsborough Jury Returns Unlawful Killing Verdict http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4333/title=hillsborough+jury+returns+unlawful+killing+verdict The jury at the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster has returned a verdict of unlawful killing of 96 Liverpool fans. The inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989, which began in March 2014, asked jurors to return verdicts on 14 questions. Of those, the jury was asked: Are you satisfied, so that you are sure, that those who died in the disaster were unlawfully killed? Yes or no. To which they replied: Yes. On the behaviour of... Fulham Appoint Heatherwick Studio For Riverside Plan http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4332/title=fulham+appoint+heatherwick+studio+for+riverside+plan+ Redevelopment work on the Riverside stand at Fulham FCs Craven Cottage home will be overseen by Heatherwick Studio its been announced. Chairman Shahid Khan, has personally commissioned Heatherwick Studio, led by celebrated designer Thomas Heatherwick, CBE RDI, to contribute its significant expertise to the proposed scheme enabling Mr. Khan to fulfil his aspiration of creating an iconic landmark on the banks of the River Thames. The west London club has been executing... Spurs Support For AIA Thailand’s ‘Sharing a Life’ Initiative http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4331/title=spurs+support+for+aia+thailand%92s+%91sharing+a+life%92+initiative Title chasing Tottenham Hotspur will wear special edition match shirts supporting AIA Thailands Sharing a Life initiative during tonight's (Monday) Premier League game with West Bromwich Albion. The north London club will replace its usual AIA logo on the front of the teams shirts to promote an initiative aimed at promoting improved health and quality of life for thousands across disadvantaged communities in Thailand. Match-worn shirts will be signed by the players... Tebas and Raul To Lead LaLiga Delegation At Soccerex Americas Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4330/title=tebas+and+raul+to+lead+laliga+delegation+at+soccerex+americas+forum LaLiga President, Javier Tebas, and Country Manager for United States and former Real Madrid striker, Raul Gonzalez, will lead a significant LaLiga presence at the Soccerex Americas Forum, taking place at the Camino Real Polanco Hotel, Mexico City, 11th-12th May. The league are institutional supporters for the event and will be sponsoring the forum's VIP Lounge as well as participating in a series of panels and discussions. President Tebas will be discussing the league's growth alongside MLS... The Importance of Building ‘the right’ Digital Experience http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4329/title=the+importance+of+building+%91the+right%92+digital+experience+ In the digital era where immediacy and instant gratification are commonplace, Football Clubs are facing higher expectations and shorter deadlines to communicate with the outside world. Whether its the fans in a ground or halfway around the world they want to interact with their club in a way that makes them feel part of the action. The increased focus on what your digital strategy means for you as a club without being in the context of your fellow teams is something that is a fairly new.... FIFA announces worker welfare body for Qatar World Cup http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4328/title=fifa+announces+worker+welfare+body+for+qatar+world+cup Concluding his two-day visit to Qatar, FIFA President Gianni Infantino today announced the creation of an oversight body with independent members to monitor the systems in place to ensure decent working conditions at FIFA World Cup stadiums. With this initiative, FIFA will step up its efforts in overseeing the set-up by the Supreme Committee. The composition of this new body, which will be led by FIFA, should include relevant sectors of civil society and other relevant FIFA stakeholders... West Ham Foundation Youngsters Set For European Adventure http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4327/title=west+ham+foundation+youngsters+set+for+european+adventure A group of young people from the West Ham United Foundation are getting ready for the trip of a lifetime, which will see them join children from different countries at the FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP International Childrens Forum in Milan before attending this years UEFA Champions League Final. The FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP international childrens social programme, an initiative implemented by Gazprom, the official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, aims to develop youth... Stoke City Strike Stadium Naming Rights Deal With bet365 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4325/title=stoke+city+strike+stadium+naming+rights+deal+with+bet365 Stoke City have announced the Britannia Stadium is to be known as the bet365 Stadium from the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season. The Potters have entered into an initial six-year stadium naming rights agreement with the Club's owners bet365, who have also extended their shirt sponsorship of the Potters for a further three years. In addition, the Club have also announced plans to redevelop the stadium by 'filling in' the corner between the DPD and Marston's Pedigree Stands, thereby... QPR agrees multi-million pound eight figure kit partnership with DRYWORLD http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4324/title=qpr+agrees+multi-million+pound+eight+figure+kit+partnership+with+dryworld Queens Park Rangers Football Club has announced a ground-breaking, multi-year kit partnership deal with DRYWORLD. The independent sportswear brand has been unveiled as the clubs new technical kit suppliers on a ten year deal, replacing Nike, with whom our partnership will officially end at the conclusion of the current season. From the 2016/17 season onwards, all kit, training wear and related products will be designed, manufactured and distributed by the Canadian brand, who continue to... Manchester United and Swissquote Extend Global Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4323/title=manchester+united+and+swissquote+extend+global+partnership Manchester United's Official Forex Online Financial Trading Partner Swissquote is extending its global partnership with the club. The partnership has proved so successful since it was announced in January last year that the clubs first Official Global Forex and Online Financial Trading Partner has not only extended the duration of its multi-year agreement, but also expanded its rights. The Swiss-based global company will, from next season, be visible during Premier League, FA Cup... UEFA Euro 2016 to use Hawk-Eye for goal-line technology http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4322/title=uefa+euro+2016+to+use+hawk-eye+for+goal-line+technology UEFA has selected Hawk-Eye as the goal-line technology supplier for all matches at UEFA EURO 2016 in France. The camera-based system will be installed in all ten stadia before the tournament kicks off on 10 June at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The use of goal-line technology was approved for UEFA EURO 2016 by the UEFA Executive Committee in January 2016. The system will work alongside additional assistant referees (AARs) who will continue to monitor all activity in and around the penalty... FA strengthens technical division with triple appointment http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4321/title=fa+strengthens+technical+division+with+triple+appointment The FA has made three key medical appointments to its technical division at St. Georges Park following an extensive recruitment process. Dr Charlotte Cowie, Steve Kemp and Dr Ritan Mehta will take up the positions of head of performance medicine, mens lead physiotherapist and womens lead performance doctor respectively. The head of performance medicine is a new leadership role with responsibility for The FAs medical policy across elite and grassroots football. While... Football League Groundsman of the Season award winners announced for 2015/16 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4320/title=football+league+groundsman+of+the+season+award+winners+announced+for+201516 The Football League has announced the winners of the Groundsman of the Season award for Season 2015/16 in each of the three divisions. The awards recognise the importance of the quality of pitches for professional football and acknowledge those head groundsmen and their staff who consistently produce the best playing surfaces in The Football League. In the Sky Bet Championship, Nathan Scarff of Derby County wins the award for the pitch he and his team have produced at the iPro Stadium this... Tripleplay wins at Sports Technology Awards http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4319/title=tripleplay+wins+at+sports+technology+awards Tripleplay was presented with the award for Best Technology for Commercial Returns at the 2016 Sports Technology Awards at a gala ceremony in London, UK on Friday 15 th April 2016. Tripleplay Services is a specialist digital television, signage and video streaming software provider offering products and services designed to meet the needs of enterprise customers including corporate users, education, retailers, hospitality, stadia and residential premises. Its Digital Signage, IPTV and Video... Dame Sally Davies Confirmed To Speak At Elevate http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4318/title=dame+sally+davies+confirmed+to+speak+at+elevate Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England has been confirmed to deliver an opening address at Elevate 2016, emphasising the importance of physical activity in the health agenda. In addition, Public Health England and Sport England have been confirmed as lead supporters, alongside London Sport and The Institute of Sport, Exercise Health (ISEH). Over the course of the two-day event taking place at Olympia, London on May 4-5, thousands of attendees will be welcomed, all benefiting... Betting on Football: Content Is King! http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4317/title=betting+on+football%3A+content+is+king%21 Weve all heard it before; content is King. And whilst the way we receive content is changing at some pace, and will continue to do so down the line with the advent of virtual reality, quality content will always reign supreme. Producing such content is all well and good but its getting it onto the right channels, at the right times and getting eyes on it which can prove troublesome. The question is, is your business doing enough? In this, the age of Twitter, Periscope, Snapchat and... Sport Hack Tag Launch Digital Innovation Event http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4316/title=sport+hack+tag+launch+digital+innovation+event SportHackTag is born: A European event focused on digital innovation in the sports world scheduled in London next 24th and 25th May, 2016. Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and other top European football clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have already confirmed their presence. Over the 24th and 25th May the Emirates Stadium in London will host SportHackTag, the first European event fully focused on digital innovation in the sports world. The project, has been developed... Hampshire FA Lights Up Grassroots With Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4315/title=hampshire+fa+lights+up+grassroots+with+partnership Hampshire FA have signed a 3 year partnership with Phoenix Sporting Goods as the countys official partner and supplier of portable floodlights. Established in 2015, Phoenix Sports Goods (PSG), General Manager Lee Crocker is looking forward to transforming this start-up company into a respected sporting goods company with training aids for grass roots and professional sports clubs. Commenting on the partnership, Lee said: Sport, at whatever level, is a great way not only to exercise... Premier League Clubs Maintain Profitability http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4314/title=premier+league+clubs+maintain+profitability Premier League clubs have recorded a second consecutive year of aggregate pre-tax profits, the first time since 1999. According to Deloitte, the business advisory firm, the leagues twenty clubs combined, generated approximately 120m in 2014/15. This is the second highest-ever aggregate pre-tax profit for Premier League clubs, and follows last years record-breaking profit of 190m for the 2013/14 season. In addition, in 2014/15 Premier League clubs recorded combined... What Sponsorship Opportunities Remain In The Football League? http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4313/title=what+sponsorship+opportunities+remain+in+the+football+league%3F Clive Russell will have the honour of kicking off Betting on Football (BOFCON) on Thursday 21 st April. Clive , who is Managing Director of BD Sports Rights, will be leading a talk on Sky Bets sponsorship deal with the Football League and posing the question Are they in a league of their own? Andy McCarron, SBC Managing Director, confirmed: We believe Clive is the perfect man to get us underway at Stamford Bridge. BD Sports Group is a company that specialises in... Four Sporting Associations Confirmed For Player Care UK Event http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4312/title=four+sporting+associations+confirmed+for+player+care+uk+event Leading names from the representative bodies of four differentsports have been named as panellists at Premier Sports Networks Player Care UK event on May9 in Manchester. Simon Barker , Assistant CEO at the PFA (Professional Footballers Association), will sit on the Behaviour Management session where panellists discuss approaches to ensure sportspeopleare the same role models off the pitch as they are on it while Damian Hopley (CEO of RugbyPlayers'... Southampton FC Announce Under Armour Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4310/title=southampton+fc+announce+under+armour+partnership Southampton Football Club has announced a multi-year partnership with global sports brand Under Armour. As of July 1st 2016, the club will enter a seven-year partnership that will see Under Armour provide game-changing technologies and product innovations to aid the clubs on-pitch development. Under Armour, the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, has revolutionised how athletes across the world dress. Six bold pledges will be at the heart of this exciting... CHILL FACTOR: The Increasing Use Of Cryotherapy Data Analysis In Football http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4309/title=chill+factor%3A+the+increasing+use+of+cryotherapy++data+analysis+in+football Leicester City are not only taking the rest of the Premier League by surprise with their superb performances on the pitch, they have also been leaders in the use of cryotherapy to treat injuries off the pitch. The club purchased a CryoAction Whole Body Cryotherapy chamber in December, replacing a temporary unit that had become a key component of Citys recovery and rehabilitation programme for the clubs first team, U21 and academy team players since the summer. The clubs...