FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Europcar Supports Arsenal Partnership With Live Match Blogs http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3449/title=europcar+supports+arsenal+partnership+with+live+match+blogs Following the announcement of Europcar's ground-breaking brand partnership with Arsenal Football Club in August, the club's official car and van rental partner has embarked on an ambitious programme of live match day blogs. Saturday's North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur saw the first of these interactive sessions, with high levels of fan engagement through FootballFanCast.com and the Arsenal-Mania.com blog. Managed by digital and social media experts, Snack Media, the day's... Virgin Media lodges complaint over Premier League rights auction http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3448/title=virgin+media+lodges+complaint+over+premier+league+rights+auction Virgin Media has complained to Ofcom over the way that rights to Premier League matches are sold, saying that consumers are being forced to pay too high a price to watch games. Virgin Media, owned by Liberty Global, says it does not plan to bid in the next rights auction but it is affected by the prices paid through its role as a wholesaler of sports channels from BSkyB and BT. The price of broadcasting top-flight matches has steadily risen since BSkyB, part owned by Rupert Murdoch, started... Suite success at Everton http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3447/title=suite+success+at+everton+ Corporate guests at one of the countrys most famous football clubs can enjoy the suite taste of success after it unveiled its stylish new event spaces. Goodison Park , home to premier league Everton Football Club, has refurbished three of its premier conference and banqueting suites upgrading the dcor and altering the layout to maximise space and offer increased seating versatility. Among the trio benefitting from a furnishing facelift was the The... UEFA introduce new concussion procedure http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3446/title=uefa+introduce+new+concussion+procedure Following approval by the Executive Committee, UEFA is immediately introducing a new concussion procedure for all of its competitions as it underlines its commitment to player welfare. At its meeting in Nyon, the UEFA Executive Committee approved a new procedure to deal with concussions that will be implemented with immediate effect in UEFA competitions. In the event of a suspected concussion, the referee stops the game for up to three minutes, to allow the injured player to be assessed by the... Hull City challenge FA Council over name change http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3445/title=hull+city+challenge+fa+council+over+name+change The Football Association has agreed with Hull City to clarify the position regarding the clubs name change application. Hull owner Assem Allam revealed earlier this month that he had reacted to April's FA Council's decision by putting the club up for sale and mounting an appeal. The Egyptian initially claimed the case was being handled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who reported no knowledge of it, and it was later revealed the appeal was being heard by the FA. A confidentiality... Chris Sutton backs Greg Dykes plan for England http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3444/title=chris+sutton+backs+greg+dyke%26%23039%3Bs+plan+for+england Chris Sutton is hoping the investment in grassroots facilities across the country will lead to the names of top English footballers coming back to the lips of the nation. The former Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Celtic striker went back to his roots on Saturday by visiting the Dip Farm playing fields in Lowestoft to help open a new football pavilion, part-funded by The FA. And after being joined in Suffolk by FA Chairman Greg Dyke to see two more new floodlit 3G pitches unveiled,... FA Chairman tours £1m grassroots football improvements in Lowestoft http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3443/title=fa+chairman+tours+%A31m+grassroots+football+improvements+in+lowestoft FA Chairman Greg Dyke has taken a tour of Lowestoft in Suffolk where a series of football facility improvements have given a major boost to grassroots football in the area. As well as opening a state-of-the-art new pavilion at one of the towns major grassroots hubs at Dip Farm, he also toured two other sites that are transforming the way football is being played in the local area after receiving a combined sum of in excess of 1 million from the Premier League The FA... Winner.co.uk Customers to Benefit from Official Partnership with West Ham United http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3442/title=winner.co.uk+customers+to+benefit+from+official+partnership+with+west+ham+united+ Winner.co.uk has announced a deal to become an Official Partner of West Ham United Football Club for the 2014/15 season, and to use the partnership to the benefit of its sportsbook customers. The new strategic partnership will see Winner.co.uk awarded exclusive rights to display their brand's advertising on pitch-side LED boards at all West Ham United home games, as well as providing a variety of West Ham inspired promotional benefits to its sportsbook customers. These will include access to... Manchester United unveil Abengoa as Official Sustainable Technology Partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3441/title=manchester+united+unveil+abengoa+as+official+sustainable+technology+partner Manchester United and Abengoa have announced a global partnership which will see the club enhance and develop its sustainable business practices. Abengoa, founded in 1941, has operations in five continents and employs over 25,000 employees globally. Abengoa is fully committed to developing technological solutions that will allow our world to become more sustainable. Abengoa will identify, advise and implement sustainable ways in which Manchester United can save resources and reduce waste. As one... Digital Sport Manchester - 1st October http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3440/title=digital+sport+manchester+-+1st+october In April this year, Digital Sport ran its first event in Manchester. It attracted over 50 attendees from the city and beyond with guest speakers from the likes of BBC Sport, Manchester City, deltatre, Manchester Metropolitan University and British Cycling. Now back for a second edition and a new selection of speakers to help guide guests through the worlds of YouTube, CRM, real-time social media display and the new SkySports News HQ. We will also be hearing case studies from Liverpool FC and... Portsmouth complete legacy debt payments http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3439/title=portsmouth+complete+legacy+debt+payments Portsmouth have announced that all legacy debts taken on by the club as part of its exit from administration in April 2013 have now been fully settled. The Portsmouth Supporter's Trust have been in charge at Fratton Park since striking a deal with former owner Balram Chainrai April 2013. A club statement said: "Everybody at the club has worked hard in reorganising our operations during the past 18 months and the legacy debts were a significant liability hanging over this ongoing process. "We... Artificial pitches could return to English Football League http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3438/title=artificial+pitches+could+return+to+english+football+league Artificial pitches could return to English football from next season after a majority of club chairman from the third and fourth tier leagues said they would be in favour of their reintroduction. Representatives from League One and Two clubs met on Thursday and 29 out of 48 members voted for a proposed rule change that would mean FIFA 2-star-rated 3G (third generation) surfaces could host matches next year, the Football League confirmed. The change would encompass matches in both divisions and... West Brom confirm new Official Digital Betting Partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3437/title=west+brom+confirm+new+official+digital+betting+partner West Bromwich Albion have announced a partnership with Freebets.com. The agreement will see Freebets.com become the Baggies Official Digital Betting Partner for the next two seasons and Freebets.com will enjoy a range of branding opportunities, coupled with sponsorship of the clubs East Stand. Freebets.com will also benefit from significant advertising and branding presence at The Hawthorns on matchdays during the campaign, access to hospitality facilities, and an online presence... Voting in the Football Blogging Awards 2014 has begun! http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3436/title=voting+in+the+football+blogging+awards+2014+has+begun%21 The 2014 Football Blogging Awards are underway. The only awards for online football journalists voted by the fans, they are in their third year with their awards ceremony hosted at the impressive National Football Museum in the self-proclaimed home of football, Manchester. With an aim in unearthing and rewarding the best talents in online football writing, blogging and journalism the Football Blogging Awards have also introduced judge voting this year with 22 awards up for grabs in 11... FIFA Bans Third Party Ownership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3435/title=fifa+bans+third+party+ownership FIFAs Executive Committee have voted to ban Third-Party Ownership of players. The ban was announced by FIFA President Sepp Blatter and footballs governing body will now set up a working group to implement the ban. Widespread in Brazil and Argentina but is also present in some European countries such as Portugal, third-party ownership is seen by many as a practice which drains huge sums of money from the game. Following the news, Thomas Barnard, solicitor at Thomas Eggar LLP said,... Peter Reid Backs Plan To Boost Sports Participation http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3434/title=peter+reid+backs+plan+to+boost+sports+participation Former England, Everton and Bolton footballer Peter Reid, who has also previously had spells managing Sunderland, Manchester City and the Thai national team, has announced that he will be offering his coaching services to an amateur football club for a day in order to promote grassroots participation in England. Following the announcement by FA Chairman Greg Dyke that he is assessing proposals to reduce the number of non-European Union players by 50 percent, Reid decided to launch a competition... ‘Club Ambitions’ Drive Global Sports Conference Attendance http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3433/title=%91club+ambitions%92+drive+global+sports+conference+attendance Leading performance analysis company Sportstec, have credited club ambition as being one of the driving factors behind the success of their 'Global Sportstec Innovation Conference' that was recently held in London. For the past 15 years Sportstec has led the way with innovative performance analysis thinking, working with clubs, teams and individuals worldwide to help them unlock the power of their sports data giving them greater insights into how to connect and engage their... Medical Master Class at the Soccerex Americas Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3432/title=medical+master+class+at+the+soccerex+americas+forum Three of North Americas leading medical professionals will deliver a pioneering and interactive conference session on the current state of the professional soccer medical industry at the Soccerex Americas Forum, 21-22 October in Barbados. Major League Soccer Medical Coordinator, John Gallucci, New York Red Bulls Head Team Physician, Dr. Riley J. Williams and Herrera Sports Medicine Founder and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Mauricio Herrera will present and discuss the latest procedures,... EE Light Up Wembley Arch http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3431/title=ee+light+up+wembley+arch Wembley Stadium and EE last night transformed the London skyline with a spectacular illumination of the iconic stadium arch. The fastest interactive LED lighting system in the world has been installed on the arch as part of Wembley Stadium connected by EEs ground-breaking six year partnership deal, which was announced in February. The advanced arch lighting system marks a new wave of technology innovations at the stadium stage one of EEs commitment to transform Wembley into... Falcao Top Of Shirt League With On-line Audience http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3430/title=falcao+top+of+shirt+league+with+on-line+audience Radamel Falcaos arrival at Manchester United created the most immediate impact amongst fans, while Liverpool legend Steve Gerrard is more popular than new signing Mario Balotelli, according to figures released by on-sports retailer Kitbag.com. Analysis of personalised shirt sales during a hectic summer, reveal that in the week after joining Manchester United from AS Monaco, Falcaos name was requested on almost a third of all personalised shirts sold globally when compared against... Gloops Extends Manchester United Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3429/title=gloops+extends+manchester+united+partnership Manchester United have announced that gloops, its social gaming partner in Japan, have extended their partnership with the club. The Japanese social gaming company has seen nearly 1.4 million downloads of its Manchester United titled game European Club Team Soccer Best Eleven Plus since the partnership started just over a year ago. The celebrated football-themed game allows users to assume the role of team manager, recruiting and creating the best squad possible and battling... Liverpools Stadium Expansion Moves Forward http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3428/title=liverpool%26%23039%3Bs+stadium+expansion+moves+forward Liverpool FC's proposed stadium expansion plans took another important step today with a resolution by Liverpool City Council's Planning Committee to grant planning permission, subject to conditions and legal agreement. The proposed expansion is just one element of a major regeneration plan, which was announced by Liverpool City Council in October 2012, to transform the Anfield area. The Council's Planning Committee granted permission today for the expansion of the club's Main Stand and for... West Ham Launch Club London Hospitality Offering http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3427/title=west+ham+launch+club+london+hospitality+offering West Ham United have released details of their new hospitality offering at the Olympic Stadium. As the Hammers take up residence in their iconic new home from 2016, Club London will offer VIP areas located in the West Stand of the newly-reconfigured Stadium, constructed to deliver hospitality and entertainment experiences that are expected to set a new benchmark in the Premier League. Each of Club London's restaurants, lounges and bars has been refined with bespoke interiors inspired by West... Southampton Fans March In With bPay Bands http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3426/title=southampton+fans+march+in+with+bpay+bands Southampton Football Club supporters will become the first fans in the world to experience pioneering wearable contactless payment technology after the club signed an agreement with Barclaycard to offer them an exclusive bPay band in the clubs colours. In a major new evolution for wearable technology, Barclaycard and Southampton Football Club have signed an agreement to distribute Barclaycards bPay bands to fans and expand the bands functionality beyond contactless payments.... Millwall Prostate Cancer UK’s Award Winning Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3425/title=millwall++prostate+cancer+uk%92s+award+winning+partnership There was joy for Prostate Cancer UK and Millwall FC as the duo triumphed in the Best Corporate Partnership category at the Third Sector Awards. The victory, at the event at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London, came after a hugely successful 2013/14 season in which the charity and the Championship club worked closely on and off the pitch. Up against AfriKids with Allen Overy, FareShare and Trussell Trust with Tesco, National Literacy Trust with British Land and Support Dogs UK with JTM...