FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Football Foundation Pays Tribute To Lionesses http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3938/title=football+foundation+pays+tribute+to+lionesses The Lionesses success in the FIFA World Cup will help inspire a generation of female footballers despite their disappointing defeat to Japan in the semi-final of the tournament on Wednesday. The Football Foundation paid tribute to the England Womens team on their recent success at the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup in Canada. The UKs largest sport charity, which focuses on investing in our grassroots game, said that the performances and the spirit that the team displayed... A Modern Day Lift Over The Turnstile http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3937/title=a+modern+day+lift+over+the+turnstile+ Over 1000 children will experience a free day out at the football this season thanks to Glasgow based childrens charity, The Kano Foundation. The Kano Foundation , which just completed its fifth season, treats young people regardless of their background or circumstance, to a day out at Celtic Park. The charity is run independently of Celtic Football Club on a purely voluntary basis and is funded completely by fan donations which purchase 80 child season tickets and 12 adult season... MasterCard Renews Champions League Sponsorship http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3936/title=mastercard+renews+champions+league+sponsorship+++ MasterCard has extended its long-standing UEFA Champions League sponsorship for the next three seasons through to 2018. The renewal includes sponsorship of the UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Womens Champions League final and the UEFA Youth League finals. The agreement will also see MasterCard continue as the Official Provider of UEFA Champions League player mascots. MasterCard has been a supporter of Europes most prestigious club football competition for more than 20 years. Raja Rajamannar,... Martinez Backs Men United Campaign http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3935/title=martinez+backs+men+united+campaign Everton boss Roberto Martinez has signed for Men United to raise awareness of the dangers of prostate cancer. Thanks to a progressive relationship between Prostate Cancer UK and the League Managers Association (LMA), Martinez has regularly sported the iconic Man of Men pin badge on touchlines up and down the land. And his quest to find out more about the leading mens health charity in the UK saw him swap his tracksuit for a lab coat in an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of The Christie... ECA Endorses New Financial Fair Play Regulations http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3934/title=eca+endorses+new+financial+fair+play+regulations UEFAs Executive Committee has approved the 2015-18 UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations at its meeting in Prague. The updated regulations which come after a two-year collaborative and consultative process involving key stakeholders including the European Club Association (ECA) via a dedicated ECA-UEFA Working Group - will encourage more growth and development, inclusivity and market stimulation through a careful broadening and refinement of the requirements,... AFC Bournemouth Unveil Mansion Group As Shirt Sponsor http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3933/title=afc+bournemouth+unveil+mansion+group+as+shirt+sponsor Ahead of their debut season in the Premier League, AFC Bournemouth have unveiled international online gaming business Mansion Group as their official shirt sponsor. The move will see the Mansion Group feature on the front of the Cherries home, away and third kit, as well as training wear. Alongside shirt sponsorship, the partnership will see the two brands working closely together on a range of commercial projects and mutually beneficial marketing activities. These activities will assist... SGSA Appoints Karen Eyre-White As New Chief Executive http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3932/title=sgsa+appoints+karen+eyre-white+as+new+chief+executive The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) welcomes the appointment of Karen Eyre-White as its new Chief Executive. Karen joins on secondment from the Home Office on 13 July 2015. In her current role she leads a national litigation casework team delivering the Governments immigration objectives. Karen is a civil servant with a broad range of experience delivering Government priorities in both policy and operational environments. Prior to her role at the Home Office, Karen held a number of... Icons Becomes World’s Largest Football Memorabilia Company http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3931/title=icons+becomes+world%92s+largest+football+memorabilia+company Icons Shop Limited, the UK-based signed memorabilia company today announced that it had sold a majority stake to Marka PJSC (DFM: MARKA), the first public joint stock company focused on the UAEs retail sector. Marka acquired a sixty-five per cent share for 2.65 million. Icons have used the investment to create the largest football memorabilia company in the world, through the purchase of the assets of rival A1 Sporting Memorabilia. Icons, which was established in 1999, retails... Northampton Town In Talks With New Owners http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3930/title=northampton+town+in+talks+with+new+owners Northampton Town FC have confirmed they are in talks with an Indian consortium that is to take a controlling interest in the club. Chairman, David Cardoza said the League Two club has reached initial agreement with new owners who will also buy into plans to redevelop the clubs Sixfields Stadium. Mr Cardoza, whose family are the current owners of the club, said: Heads of Terms have been signed for new owners who will also become involved in the redevelopment of Sixfields and the... Chelsea Take-off With Delta Sponsorship Deal http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3929/title=chelsea+take-off+with+delta+sponsorship+deal Delta Air Lines has inked a new three-year deal with Chelsea Football Club as the clubs official airline sponsor, again bringing together two major international brands. Delta and Chelsea FC, the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup champions, first joined forces in 2012. Chelsea Football Club and Delta are both winning brands and since the partnership began three years ago, both have gone from strength to strength, said Perry Cantarutti, Deltas Senior Vice... Manchester City Team Up With Ideas Britain http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3928/title=manchester+city+team+up+with+ideas+britain Manchester City has teamed up with Ideas Britain, to launch Innovation in Sport, a new competition that invites grassroots innovators to submit their ideas for technology in the world of sport. The nationwide competition launches in October, but as of now, submissions are open and the first 100 entries will be screened and assessed by elite Ideas Britain business coaches so early entrants can take advantage of expert advice before the competition kicks-off. The key aim of the nationwide... Sunderland Set For Outdoor Fan Zone http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3927/title=sunderland+set+for+outdoor+fan+zone Supporters visiting the Stadium of Light on matchdays will be able to enjoy a new outdoor Fan Zone, which the club hopes will open on the first home game of the 2015-16 season. The area, which is currently awaiting planning approval, will be located at the south east corner of the stadium, showcasing bar and food outlets with seating and covered areas as well as live music. The area, inspired by Manchester Citys City Square concept will featuring local music talent, radio... BetVictor Announces Chelsea Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3926/title=betvictor+announces+chelsea+partnership BetVictor have announced a new deal to become the global betting and gaming partner of Premier League champions, Chelsea FC. The partnership will see the bookmaker create unique offers and markets for Chelsea, as well as BetVictors branding being featured throughout Stamford Bridge. The agreement will provide a major boost to BetVictor's visibility internationally with the global appeal of the club and the Premier League. The partnership will feature a variety of exciting joint social... Hartlepool United Takeover Complete http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3925/title=hartlepool+united+takeover+complete Hartlepool United have confirmed the takeover by JPNG. The new ownership will see Gary Coxall named as the clubs new Chairman, with Peter Goldberg joining the Board of Directors alongside Russ Green who also remains as Chief Executive. JPNG will take over with immediate effect from IOR who had been in charge at Victoria Park for the previous eighteen years. I am delighted and extremely excited to be able to help lead Hartlepool United forward, said Coxall. Its... Tottenham Hotspur Launches New Mobile App http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3924/title=tottenham+hotspur+launches+new+mobile+app Tottenham Hotspur has today launched a new mobile app, Spurs Go. Spurs Go is fully optimised for smartphones and tablets providing supporters with an immersive and interactive fan experience, with a range of features designed to engage the clubs estimated global fanbase of over 400 million followers. New features include the integration of the clubs on-demand video service allowing fans to watch the latest interviews and features from Spurs TV and catch up on extended match... Real Madrid Barcelona Face Summer Of Uncertainty http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3923/title=real+madrid++barcelona+face+summer+of+uncertainty Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will find out if they are to pay back aid totaling several million Euro if a case against them and several other Spanish clubs is upheld. Margrethe Vestager, the EU's Competition Commissioner, will make a decision in the cases concerning alleged illegal state aid by the end of the summer, the Commissioner revealed in an interview today (22 June). In the interview with the Danish think tank Monday Morning, Vestager said, "The decision will be taken at the end of the... HOST CITY 2015: New Topics and Speakers Announced http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3922/title=host+city+2015%3A+new+topics+and+speakers+announced Final agenda and new speakers revealed for HOST CITY 2015 conference and exhibition. Major new themes have been added to the HOST CITY 2015 agenda, with a rapidly growing line-up of speakers exploring vital event bidding and hosting topics in Glasgow on 9 th and 10 th of November. More than 50 leading cities and more than 50 cross-sector rights holders are already set to attend HOST CITY 2015, which addresses the critical issues and opportunities they face. Session themes include Live... 12BET Becomes Official Betting Partner of Swansea City http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3921/title=12bet+becomes+official+betting+partner+of+swansea+city 12BET have confirmed its Official Betting Partner agreement with Swansea City AFC. The deal will see 12BET have a strong advertising presence around the Liberty stadium. The sports betting company have a strong track record in top flight football having previously been shirt sponsors of LA Liga outfit Sevilla, Wigan Athletic and Hull City FC, as well as previously having partnerships with Newcastle and Crystal Palace. Rory Anderson, 12BET CEO commented, We have wanted to work with Swansea... Sheffield United Drop Jessica Ennis-Hills Name From Stand http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3920/title=sheffield+united+drop+jessica+ennis-hill%26%23039%3Bs+name+from+stand+ Sheffield United have signed a commercial partnership with an independent estate agent which will see Olympic Heptathlete, Jessica Ennis-Hills name removed from the stand. Redbrik Estate Agency completed a three year deal to sponsor the Bramall Lane stand which bares Ennis-Hills name at the club's ground. Sheffield United Managing Director, Mal Brannigan, added: "The introduction of Redbrik as the new Bramall Lane stand naming rights partner sees the name of the City's most famous... Jeff Moore Named City Of Football Chairman http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3919/title=jeff+moore+named+city+of+football+chairman New Nottingham City of Football chairman Jeff Moore is predicting an historic two years for football participation levels in the city. Nottingham was crowned Englands City of Football by Sport England and will receive 1.6million of National Lottery funding over the next two years. Moore, former Chief Executive of EMDA for seven years and ex-chairman of Notts County Football Club, will chair the organisation tasked with delivering a raft of footballing initiatives in... Chelsea Look To Increase Stamford Bridge Capacity http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3918/title=chelsea+look+to+increase+stamford+bridge+capacity Chelsea have begun consultation on plans to increase the capacity of their Stamford Bridge stadium. A study of the Fulham Broadway and Stamford Bridge area was commissioned by owner Roman Abramovich last year to examine the potential of upgrading the streetscape. The study also assessed the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium capacity within the existing historical site boundary, based on the principles of improving site access, benefiting the neighbourhood and enhancing the spectator... Montreal Impact Install Revolutionary Ticketing and CRM Technology http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3917/title=montreal+impact+install+revolutionary+ticketing+and+crm+technology Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact has made the revolutionary step of implementing a single platform stadium technology solution. The software, supplied by Sports Technology specialists, Green 4 Solutions, will provide one system for the clubs Ticketing and Merchandise operations, CRM, marketing automation and Fan Loyalty Program. After recently becoming the first team from Canada to make the CCL Final, Montreal Impact will now be leading the way off the field with their vision to... QPR Appoint Gnanalingam As Co-Chairman http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3916/title=qpr+appoint+gnanalingam+as+co-chairman Ruben Gnanalingam has been named Co-Chairman at QPR, working alongside Tony Fernandes. The change, which is immediate, will see Gnanalingam play a more active role in the day-to-day running of the club, working closely with Fernandes across all areas of the business. The pair will work together in conjunction with the senior management team at the club, led by newly-appointed CEO Lee Hoos and Director of Football, Les Ferdinand. Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk , Gnanalingam said: I... PepsiCo Sign Global Partnership For UEFA Champions League http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3915/title=pepsico+sign+global+partnership+for+uefa+champions+league UEFA has confirmed a three-year global partnership with PepsiCo for the UEFA Champions League. The deal will see the worldwide food and beverage leader become official partner for the 2015-18 cycle The agreement also includes the UEFA Super Cup, as well as the UEFA Womens Champions League final and UEFA Youth League finals. Commenting on the agreement, Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Events SA Marketing Director, said: We are delighted to welcome PepsiCo as an official partner of the... Manchester New York City Launch Landmark Deal http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3914/title=manchester++new+york+city+launch+landmark+deal Manchester City FC and New York City FC have launched a new multi-year partnership with Digicel. The Barclays Premier League Club and new Major League Soccer franchise will come together with the leading telecoms brand to create a wealth of multimedia content, as well as community coaching and once in a lifetime opportunities. In a landmark new partnership, a first for either club in the region, Manchester City, New York City FC and Digicel will work together on a range of community initiatives,...