FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Norwich City Sign New Three Year Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5020/title=norwich+city+sign+new+three+year+partnership Norwich City FC has announced a new three-year sponsorship deal with mobile gaming and sports-betting operator LeoVegas. LeoVegas will become the Clubs Principal Partner for the next three seasons from July 1 2017, with their logo featuring on all adult Errea shirts and matchday training wear, as well as having a strong in-stadia presence at Carrow Road. We are delighted to welcome LeoVegas as our Principal Partner for the next three seasons, and as such they are making a vital... Interview: Taking Football Into The Stats Zone http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5019/title=interview%3A+taking+football+into+the+stats+zone fcbusiness speaks to Rob Esteva, Managing Director of The Stats Zone to discuss the growing influence of data and analysis in football. FC: Sport, and in particular, football has become increasingly reliant on data. What has been the main driver of this? RE: The large sums of money involved in the sport have led to investors and key decision makers demanding more thorough analysis in many different facets of the game. It is not good enough anymore to rely on a single persons (ie. the... Crystal Palace Announce New Shirt Sponsor, ManBetX http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5018/title=crystal+palace+announce+new+shirt+sponsor%2C+manbetx On the back of announcing Frank de Boer as its new Manager, Crystal Palace F.C have today announced a multi-year deal with ManBetX as the club's new shirt sponsor. In a record breaking deal for the club, the ManBetX logo will feature across the clubs shirt and will be promoted as Main Sponsor across all its media channels online and offline, in the UK and internationally. ManBetX is an international gaming company who provide customers with sports betting and casino products. The... Record-breaking attendances in the 2016-17 LaLiga season http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5017/title=record-breaking+attendances+in+the+2016-17+laliga+season The 2016-17 season has finally drawn to a close. The last match of the season, the LaLiga 1|2|3 playoff final between Getafe CF and CD Tenerife, rounded off a historic season inSpanish football. Historic because a record number of fans attended LaLiga matches in 2016-17 14,052,134 to be precise, almost 40,000 more than the 2015-16 season. Yet this wasn't the only record set. In LaLiga Santander the stadium occupancy percentage increased by nearly a percent from the previous year,... Crawley Town launch new partnership with Errea http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5016/title=crawley+town+launch+new+partnership+with+errea Crawley Town have signed a partnership with established Italian sportswear manufacturer Errea Sport to supply playing and training kit and retail items for the next two seasons. The club's brand new Errea Sport manufactured home and away kits will be revealed and go on sale on Saturday, July 15. It will be worn for the first time by the squad in the pre-season friendly against Chelsea at the Checkatrade Stadium that day. The new agreement with Errea Sport is part of our relaunch of the... Chinese company 5USport buy stake in Northampton Town http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5015/title=chinese+company+5usport+buy+stake+in+northampton+town Northampton Town Football Club have announced a new partnership with 5USport, a Sports Development and Education Company based in Guangzhou, China. As part of this partnership and following approval from the EFL, 5USport has agreed to purchase a major stake in Northampton Town Ventures Limited, who own the majority shareholding in Northampton Town Football Club. Chairman Kelvin Thomas said, This is a very exciting day for the club and is part of an overall investment strategy into the... Verteda solutions deployed in the new and unique ‘Tunnel Club’ at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5014/title=verteda+solutions+deployed+in+the+new+and+unique+%91tunnel+club%92+at+manchester+city%92s+etihad+stadium Leading provider of innovative hospitality solutions Verteda Ltd an MSL Solutions company is further extending its partnership at Manchester City Football Club. The luxurious new hospitality area, The Tunnel Club, will bring fans closer to the players at the Etihad Stadium and is believed to be the first Hospitality Suite of its kind in Europe. Verteda has implemented more than 30 integrated iPads running their Voyager 1 mobile Point of Sale application to help provide an... FA Community Shield proceeds to be donated to Grenfell Tower tragedy victims http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5013/title=fa+community+shield+proceeds+to+be+donated+to+grenfell+tower+tragedy+victims Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support all those tragically affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The FA alongside Arsenal, Chelsea and McDonalds is hoping to raise in the region of 1.25m for the victims. The FA Community Shield will see Emirates FA Cup winners Arsenal take on Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Sunday 6 August. The fixture is the traditional curtain-raiser for the English professional... EFL clubs to make charitable donation to Grenfell Tower tragedy http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5012/title=efl+clubs+to+make+charitable+donation+to+grenfell+tower+tragedy In wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire earlier this month, the EFL and its member clubs have come together to make a collective donation of 175,000 to show support to all those affected. The football community has shown unity towards the cause and earlier today the FA announced their plans to raise 1.25 million for the victims by using the proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 6th August. EFL clubs have been asked to... Atlético de Madrid chooses Tripleplay IPTV and Digital Signage platform for new stadium http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5011/title=atl%E9tico+de+madrid+chooses+tripleplay+iptv+and+digital+signage+platform+for+new+stadium World leader in the development of Digital Signage, IPTV and Video Streaming Solutions, Tripleplay has been chosen by Atltico de Madrid to implement its technology at the brand new, 68,000 capacity, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid this July. Wanda Metropolitano, located in East Madrid, will be one of the most impressive stadia in the world when it is opened in September 2017. It has been designed to be at the forefront of stadium technology and also set to meet the highest... West Bromwich Albion confirm interest in safe-standing pilot http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5010/title=west+bromwich+albion+confirm+interest+in+safe-standing+pilot West Bromwich Albion have told the Premier League they are willing to act as a pilot scheme for safe standing. The Premier League has written to its 20 clubs asking if they would be interested in taking part in a trial to reintroduce standing sections in their grounds. And Albions Director of Operations Mark Miles, who has led the Clubs study of the prospects of safe-standing becoming a feature at The Hawthorns , says he has responded in the affirmative. I have written back... Leyton Orient purchased by business consortium headed by Nigel Travis, a life-long fan of the club http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5009/title=leyton+orient+purchased+by+business+consortium+headed+by+nigel+travis%2C+a+life-long+fan+of+the+club Leyton Orient Football Club has announced that it has been purchased by a business consortium Eagle Investments 2017 Limited, headed by British-born Nigel Travis, 67, the Chairman and CEO of Dunkin' Brands Inc., and a life-long fan of the Club. The deal, details of which are confidential, is not associated with Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Travis, who has been attending Leyton Orient games since he was a child and who grew up near the stadium, says his... FA ends £4m-a-year Ladbrokes partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5008/title=fa+ends+%A34m-a-year+ladbrokes+partnership The Football Association has announced that it has ended its commercial partnership with Ladbrokes. At May's board meeting, it was agreed that The FA would end all sponsorships with betting companies starting from the end of the 2016-17 season. The decision was made following a three-month review of The FAs approach to it as a governing body taking betting sponsorship, whilst being responsible for the regulation of sports betting within the sport's rules. As a consequence, The FA has... Hull City Announce Ground-Breaking WWF Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5007/title=hull+city+announce+ground-breaking+wwf+partnership Hull City Tigers have announce a ground-breaking partnership with WWF, one of the worlds leading conservation charities. This first of its kind, 3-year partnership, will see the club contributing towards WWFs campaign to help double the number of wild tigers by 2022 . A century ago, there are thought to have been around 100,000 tigers in the wild. Now there are only around 3,900. In the time since the club, who use the term The Tigers, was founded in 1904, its likely over... 6 emojis To Describe A New Trend In Football Promotions http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5006/title=6+emojis+to+describe+a+new+trend+in+football+promotions The following is a guest article by the CEO of DiscountIF, Lewis Holland. I really enjoyed writing an article recently about some of the awesome promotional campaigns we observed from football clubs merchandise stores. The ones that were especially interesting are the BUY TO WIN promotional mechanics. Were observing there is a possible wave of (positive!) change happening in the industry. Just last week Manchester City also ran a promotional campaign on their... How Football Clubs Source Their Revenue http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4993/title=how+football+clubs+source+their+revenue It will come as a surprise to no one that football is big business these days. Although players wages especially at the top teams have increased remarkably, the clubs can pay those amounts thanks to an on-going increase in revenue that seems to not be stopping soon. The English Premier League is home to several clubs with turnovers of 300m and upwards, and are regularly joined by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in Deloittes... Digital Sport Sportego Bring You #FECBrighton http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5005/title=digital+sport++sportego+bring+you+%23fecbrighton Digital sports executives to gather at Brightons Amex Stadium for #FECBrighton. After the success of solo events at Aston Villas home, Villa Park, in November, and an innovation masterclass in Manchester in March, Digital Sports sets its sights on Brighton. In collaboration with Sportego, #FECBrighton will arrive in Brighton on 5th July at the home of new Premier League members, Brighton Hove Albion to hear from fan engagement experts across several sports and organisations.... AFC Bournemouth Name M88 As Official Shirt Sponsor http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5004/title=afc+bournemouth+name+m88+as+official+shirt+sponsor AFC Bournemouth has announced a 2-year partnership with M88 as their official shirt sponsor. The M88 logo will be featured on the front of the Cherries shirt throughout the partnership, and the online gaming company will receive key branding pitch-side at the Vitality Stadium during live global broadcasts of the clubs Premier League matches. The Asian market has become the Premier Leagues highest spending region in terms of media rights, with 63% of the Asian population... Manchester City Signs Betting Partnersip With Kai-Fa Yule K8.com http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5003/title=manchester+city+signs+betting+partnersip+with+kai-fa+yule+k8.com+ Online gaming company Kai-Fa Yule K8.com has been announced as Manchester Citys Official Betting Partner in Asia. K8.com joins the club in a multi-year partnership that will commence at the start of the 2017/18 football season. Starting from next season, K8.coms branding will be present on the digiboards at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City matches. The partnership was launched today at an event in Manila attended by senior representatives of both Manchester City and K8.com.... FC Barcelona To Discuss ‘Barca Innovation Hub’ At Soccerex http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5002/title=fc+barcelona+to+discuss+%91barca+innovation+hub%92+at+soccerex Following its unveiling earlier this year, FC Barcelona have confirmed that they will be presenting on their groundbreaking Barca Innovation Hub project at this years Soccerex Global Convention 2017, taking place in Manchester, 4th-6th September. With the club planning to work with organisations such as universities, start-ups and investment partners, the project aims to elevate the clubs insight offerings and thought leadership position to the forefront of the sports... Newcastle United Launches Chinese Social Media Accounts http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5001/title=newcastle+united+launches+chinese+social+media+accounts Newcastle United has launched three new social media accounts in China as part of the clubs 125th anniversary celebrations. The club has unveiled official accounts on Sina Weibo, WeChat and Dongqiudi platforms, in an attempt to boost communications and engagement with millions of sports fans across the Far East. Celebrating their 125 th anniversary, the launch coincides with Newcastle Uniteds new 2017/18 PUMA home kit launch which carries the Chinese online betting company,... Laura Smith Appointed Chief Executive Of Aldershot Town http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5000/title=laura+smith+appointed+chief+executive+of+aldershot+town Aldershot Town FC has announced the appointment of Laura Smith as the clubs new Chief Executive. After four and a half years in a similar role with the Suffolk FA, Smith arrives at the EBB Stadium to lead and support the clubs staff in driving the club forward. I want to build upon the positive work that is already going on around the football club, and ensure the club is at the heart of our local community, said Smith, who also played as a midfielder for both AFC... Career Platform Launched For Elite Sports Professionals http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4999/title=career+platform+launched+for+elite+sports+professionals Pro-footballer Robbie Simpson launches careers platform for sports professionals Sports professionals and elite athletes can now find new careers after sport with the help of a recruitment platform launched by pro-footballer Robbie Simpson. Life After Professional Sport (LAPS) is the brainchild of Exeter City striker Robbie in partnership with recruitment consultant Rob Steed, ex-England U19 cricket captain Paul Redfarn and technology expert Nathan Hastings. There isnt enough... Sports The Ideal Platform To Fight Environmental Pollution http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4998/title=sports+the+ideal+platform+to+fight+environmental+pollution Why the sports and entertainment industry is the ideal platform to fight environmental pollution. A world without plastic is unimaginable. Packaging foils, carrying bags, Tupperware, bottles almost everything we use daily contains plastic or is even entirely made out of it. Plastic is universally applicable and long lasting. But its durability is not only a great benefit but also its biggest disadvantage if not disposed correctly. In the last 10 years, more plastic waste has been... Collaboration Sees Launch Of VR Talent ID Platform http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4997/title=collaboration+sees+launch+of+vr+talent+id+platform Mi Hiepa Scout I, the worlds first VR Talent ID and elite return to play platform. Created as a joint venture by leading Manchester developers Mi and sports data experts Hiepa, the ground-breaking product will be rolled out to clubs around the globe from July. We created Mi Hiepa Scout as a tool that can be used by players at all levels, from identifying and engaging talent at youth and academy level all the way through to helping elite players through rehabilitation said...