FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News The FA Confirm Greg Clarke As Chairman http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4542/title=the+fa+confirm+greg+clarke+as+chairman Greg Clarke has been formally named as the new chairman of the Football Association (The FA). Clarke, who spent six years as chairman of the Football League before stepping down this summer, was approved by The FA Board on 22 July, and was formally ratified by a full meeting of The FA Council at Wembley Stadium today (Wednesday 24 th Aug). His appointment marks the end David Gills spell as acting-chairman, with the FIFA Vice-President reverting to his vice-chairman duties. In a statement... Hammers sign record principal partnership deal with Betway http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4541/title=hammers+sign+record+principal+partnership+deal+with+betway West Ham United have announced the renewal of its partnership with principal sponsors Betway, the largest sponsorship agreement in the clubs history. The original deal with Betway was agreed in February 2015, but the extension was hailed by West Hams Vice-Chairman Karren Brady as further evidence of the continued upward trajectory of the club, especially as they settle into their new home, the London Stadium. We are delighted to extend our relationship with Betway, signing... Vauxhall’s Andrew Curley Discusses Sponsorship At Soccerex http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4539/title=vauxhall%92s+andrew+curley+discusses+sponsorship+at+soccerex Vauxhalls Head of Sponsorship and Events, Andrew Curley, will be speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention, 26th-28th September, Manchester, about their lead sponsorship of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales national football teams and how they activated the different relationships around this summers UEFA European Championships. Curley has over 20 years experience with Vauxhall in a variety of roles including Aftersales and Marketing and spent 3 years at the... Norwich City Showcase World Football’s First Revolving LED Stadium Screen http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4538/title=norwich+city+showcase+world+football%92s+first+revolving+led+stadium+screen Norwich City FC and ADI Transform the Matchday Experience with World Footballs First Revolving LED Stadium Screen. ADI have installed a ground-breaking new stadium screen at Carrow Road, the home of Norwich City Football Club, helping to transform the matchday experience for fans in the stadium. The new Epoch 400, a 45m 2 high resolution screen which measures a huge 400 diagonal inches, is literally a revolution in screen technology. Revolutionary Screen Technology The new... The free betting tool that all bookies fear is up and running! Could this be their end? http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4537/title=the+free+betting+tool+that+all+bookies+fear+is+up+and+running%21+could+this+be+their+end%3F The Bookies dont mind tipsters too much, as they know that on the long run, the house advantage is always big enough to secure a profit. However, when bettors start using stats and algorithms similar to theirs, things could get out of their hands and this is why they fear this free tool so much. Soccerkeep is one of the most complex football betting tools on the planet, offering live scores, advanced statistics and free betting tips that are generated by a unique algorithm that... Liverpool FC Extend InstaForex Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4536/title=liverpool+fc+extend+instaforex+partnership Liverpool FC and InstaForex have today announced an extension of their partnership that will see the relationship extend a further two years. InstaForex became Liverpool FCs (LFC) Official Online Forex and Binary Options Trading Partner in Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 2014, and the new agreement will see this extended until 2018. The extension will see InstaForex continue to benefit from a range of marketing and promotional rights including the use of the LFC... Manchester City Announce Community Football Project In Beijing http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4535/title=manchester+city+announce+community+football+project+in+beijing Manchester City and parent company, City Football Group, have announced their long-term commitment to support a Special Olympics project in Beijing. The announcement comes after City returned from a pre-season tour of China and after 24 Young Leaders from the Special Olympics East Asia Unified Schools in Beijing were invited to access a three-day Cityzens Giving leadership course offering cutting edge training in community football. Ahead of the announcement, the club linked up... Can We Expect a Flurry of Loan Activity into Non-League? http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4534/title=can+we+expect+a+flurry+of+loan+activity+into+non-league%3F In recent years, the loan system has been used as a preferred method for a players development, allowing young talent to drop down in the football pyramid to gain all important first team game time. Lower level clubs have benefitted by bringing in the talent in a manner which is also cost effective. Emergency loans in England have now been scrapped. Players can still be loaned between transfer windows but it is felt that the new regulations will restrict the movement of players. The... VEQTA Brings Manchester City Action To India http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4533/title=veqta+brings+manchester+city+action+to+india VEQTA, Indias only digital broadcast network (OTT) dedicated to sports, has announced a partnership with Manchester City Football Club, the first of its kind for a Premier League club, will enable football fans in India to enjoy access to an all-new, never before seen content experience. Fans will now be able to experience the full suite of Manchester City Football Club content on the VEQTA platform, including exclusive training sessions, CityTVs renowned Inside City... Using Data To Prevent Hamstring Injuries http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4532/title=using+data+to+prevent+hamstring+injuries Hamstring injuries are common in intermittent sprint sports, accounting for the most injuries in rugby and soccer and the second most in American football. Stephen Smith CEO of Kitman Labs explains more While the influence of lower limb parameters (quad:hamstring strength ratio, hip mobility, etc.) have been well documented, other risk factors associated with hamstring injury have received less attention both in research and in applied practice, but can actually be more indicative of... Time To Re-think Ticketing For Better Fan Engagement http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4531/title=time+to+re-think+ticketing+for+better+fan+engagement This weekend saw the kick-off of the new Premier League season. Following the excitement of last seasons meteoric rise of Leicester City and the early results from this weekend, can the passion that was reignited with fans across the globe be sustained? Things are already heating up with the continued focus of ensuring fans attend games rather than sitting watching on a TV or device at home. So weve been delighted to see some clubs already jumping on the opportunity to re-imagine... Richard Murray Resigns As Charlton Chairman http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4530/title=richard+murray+resigns+as+charlton+chairman Richard Murray, the former Charlton Athletic owner has resigned from his position as chairman of the club with immediate effect due to illness. The news was released in a statement from Mr Murray on the clubs official website which read: Over the past few weeks I have been having various tests regarding my health and its been discovered I have a number of malignant tumours in my stomach which require minor surgery at this stage. It is felt that I need to focus fully... Soccerex Confirms Premier League Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4529/title=soccerex+confirms+premier+league+partnership The Premier League will be partnering up with the Love Football Zone at the Soccerex Global Convention taking place in Manchester, 26th-28th September. The newly rebranded Zone will focus on the wider community aspects of football such as grassroots, woman's football and disability football and will feature a mixture of presentations, demonstrations, exhibition pods and panel discussions. Taking place across all three days of the event, the Zone will focus on a number of current topics such as... Chelsea open digital store on avatar-based messaging app Rawr http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4528/title=chelsea+open+digital+store+on+avatar-based+messaging+app+rawr Chelsea fans around the world can now communicate and show their colours thanks to a ground-breaking link-up with Rawr, the rapidly growing smartphone messenger app. As well as chatting to each other in traditional text format, Rawr allows users to create a personalised 3D avatar and then dress them in official Chelsea kit, watching characters interact on the screen as the conversation unfolds. Available within the Rawr store are the 2016/17 Chelsea home and goalkeeper shirts and shorts,... Leicester City 12BET Launch Official Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4527/title=leicester+city++12bet+launch+official+partnership Leicester City Football Club have announced leading global sport betting company 12BET as an Official Betting Partner for the 2016/17 season. The partnership offers significant benefits to both parties, with 12BET having enjoyed a long history of partnerships in top level sport something they will be continuing as the Foxes begin the defence of their Premier League title. Formed in 2007, the sports betting and casino brand has grown to become one of the most recognisable names in betting... La Galaxy Partners With Laduma To Bring Virtual Reality Experiences To Fans http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4526/title=la+galaxy+partners+with+laduma+to+bring+virtual+reality+experiences+to+fans Laduma and the LA Galaxy partnered in a new multi-year content and marketing agreement making Laduma an official partner of the five-time MLS Cup Champions. Together, Laduma and the LA Galaxy will create a groundbreaking six-part series of fully immersive 360-degree 3D VR experiences featuring six LA Galaxy players: Nigel de Jong, Ashley Cole, Gyasi Zardes, Jelle Van Damme, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane. The partnership, developed by AEG Global Partnerships , is designed to introduce fans to a... EFL: New TV commitment launched to provide best experience for clubs and supporters http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4525/title=efl%3A+new+tv+commitment+launched+to+provide+best+experience+for+clubs+and+supporters+ After a successful opening weekend to 2016/17, the EFL has today outlined this seasons approach to TV fixture scheduling to provide the best experience for its clubs and their supporters. In a joint commitment with broadcast partner Sky Sports, the recently rebranded EFL has vowed to ensure all its clubs are given at least five weeks notice ahead of any matches selected for live television coverage. Furthermore, the EFL will then commit to publicly announcing any fixture changes... Crystal Palace announce partnership with New Amsterdam Vodka http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4524/title=crystal+palace+announce+partnership+with+new+amsterdam+vodka Crystal Palace Football Club has announced a new partnership deal with spirit brand New Amsterdam Vodka, making the UKs fastest growing vodka brand an official Partner of the Club. The partnership will see New Amsterdam Vodka make its debut in football and become a member of a select group of brands to be seen across the new match day digital content platform at Selhurst Park. Through this multi-platform agreement, New Amsterdam Vodka will engage fans via a consumer campaign that... Tottenham announce Fun88 as Official Betting Partner in Asian and Latin American territories http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4523/title=tottenham+announce+fun88+as+official+betting+partner+in+asian+and+latin+american+territories+ Tottenham Hotspur have announced FUN88 as its Official Betting Partner in Asian and Latin American territories for the second time. The two-year agreement will see the Club and FUN88 work together again following a successful relationship between 2012 and 2014 to engage with Asian and Latin American sports fans through a range of online and offline activities. FUN88, founded in 2008, is an online gaming company with a large following in Asia and Latin America that offers sports... Watford Extend Football Manager Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4522/title=watford+extend+football+manager+partnership Watford Football Club, Sega and Sports Interactive (SI) have announced an extension to their long-running partnership that promotes SIs flagship game, Football Manager (FM). FM branding will continue to be seen throughout Vicarage Road Stadium, via LED and dugout sponsorship, and the game will also benefit from inclusion on all of the clubs official interview backdrops. In addition, FM will be an ubiquitous presence at the clubs training ground at London Colney. Whilst... Safe Standing: An Open Goal For Football That Cuts Prices In Half http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4521/title=safe+standing%3A+an+open+goal+for+football+that+cuts+prices+in+half A new paper published today by the Adam Smith Institute calls on the government to allow safe standing in football stadiums, following the recent inquests conclusion that it was police errors, not standing fans, that were responsible for the Hillsborough tragedy. The report reveals that safe standing is overwhelmingly supported by fans, hitting 92% in favour in Football Supporters Federation (FSF) polls, with the large majority citing cheaper ticket prices and improved atmosphere.... Football fans kick off new season with demands for change http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4520/title=football+fans+kick+off+new+season+with+demands+for+change As the new Premier League season is about to kick off, a nationally representative survey of 1000 sports fans warns that many British football supporters feel taken for granted by their clubs. The firm behind the report - sports marketing agency Dark Horses - says the authorities should take this as a warning that they need to work harder to earn their fans' devotion and custom. Key complaints included charging too much for tickets (80%), tinkering with team badges and colours (62%), changing... Manchester United confirms EA Sports as official video games partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4519/title=manchester+united+confirms+ea+sports+as+official+video+games+partner EA SPORTS has been confirmed as Manchester Uniteds Official Football Video Games Partner. The three-year global partnership is being celebrated with the release of new, in-game imagery across Manchester United social media channels, helping to promote the forthcoming EA SPORTS FIFA 17 football game. Manchester United also takes centre stage in EA SPORTS promotion of FIFA 17 The Journey , a narrative-driven mode available only on the latest generation of consoles, where players live... Star signings may make the difference for United http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4518/title=star+signings+may+make+the+difference+for+united Analysis by statistical experts from the Centre for Sports Business at the University of Salford has revealed the impact just two star signings could make to Manchester Uniteds season. Ibrahimovic and Pogba will be joining Jose Mourinhos squad for next season, after protracted negotiations in Pogbas case. Now SAM, the Sport Analytics Machine, which has been developed by statisticians using a series of algorithms, and is able to forecast the results of a variety of sporting... SIS Pitches Sponsor Walking Football Tournament at Wembley http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4517/title=sis+pitches+sponsor+walking+football+tournament+at+wembley SIS Pitches are proudly sponsoring The National League Trusts walking football tournament at Powerleague Wembley to encourage over 50s to rediscover football. The new footballing identity encourages men and women over 50 to take part in the game. The National League Trust supports National League Clubs community schemes and initiative and uses the power of football to change peoples lives. Managing Director of SIS Pitches Bryn Lee, said: Were thrilled to be...