FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Rotherham United Announce Stadium Naming Rights Partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3572/title=rotherham+united+announce+stadium+naming+rights+partner Rotherham United have penned an agreement with AESSEAL who will become the clubs first ever stadium naming rights partner. The Millers state-of-the-art 20million home will now be called The AESSEAL New York Stadium after a multi-year deal with the international company, which has their global headquarters based in Rotherham, was concluded. This will be the biggest sponsorship in the clubs history. The initial term will be until the summer of 2019 with the Millers officially... Spreading The Everton Word In Finland http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3571/title=spreading+the+everton+word+in+finland Finlands premier sports marketing and management school is set to become the latest benefactor to Everton in the Community after learning about the life-changing work carried out by the charity. Evertons Director of Marketing and Communications, Richard Kenyon, was invited to talk about the Clubs history, heritage and values at a two-day conference at Sport Business School in Helsinki. As well as spreading the word about how the Club engages with its fan base, Richard... Oporto To Work With Platinum Capital Investments http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3570/title=oporto+to+work+with+platinum+capital+investments Oporto Sports have announced a partnership with Platinum Capital Investments (PCI), a property investment specialist organisation. Oporto will provide PCI with PR consultancy and social media advice, working closely with PCI Director and owner, former Derby County, Leicester City and Luton Town striker, Steve Howard. PCI, which was established earlier this year, is formed by a consortium of property experts, specialising in the North-East of England, working to maximise return on investment,... Tottenham Hotspur Goes Multilingual On Social Media http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3569/title=tottenham+hotspur+goes+multilingual+on+social+media Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has today launched new multi-language social media channels to further engage with a growing international fan base. The Club has an estimated global following of over 180 million, with over 100 Official Supporters Clubs in 40 countries across the world and over 5.6 million page likes on Facebook. In addition, Tottenham Hotspur has some of the most popular Chinese social media channels in European football, with over 2 million followers on Sina, Tencent and... Facilities Management 2015 Back With A Bang http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3568/title=facilities+management+2015+back+with+a+bang After last years hugely successful launch, Facilities Management 2015 returns to the NEC, Birmingham for its second edition on 24-26 Marc h 2015. The event which last year attracted over 4,365 attendees is set to be bigger and better than ever, with more exhibitors, extra show features and a new co-located show. Facilities Management 2015, the UKs only event for the facilities industry outside of London, will be co-located with a brand new show - the Cleaning Expo 2015, which will... Sports Revolution Back Celtic With Betting Partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3567/title=sports+revolution+back+celtic+with+betting+partner Sports Revolution, the sports media and digital marketing agency, has teamed up with the leading online betting company, Unibet, as official betting partner for its stadium wi-fi service, StadiumLIVE. Celtic Football Club, which became the UKs first fully wi-fi enabled football ground when it installed StadiumLIVE in September 2013, is scoring another first by combining its stadium wi-fi with in-play betting. Sports Revolution, which developed the award-winning CelticLIVE fan app and... Arsenal Sign Partnership With Capital Bank Kazakhstan JSC http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3566/title=arsenal+sign+partnership+with+capital+bank+kazakhstan+jsc Arsenal Football Club has announced a new partnership with Capital Bank Kazakhstan JSC to issue co-branded debit and credit cards throughout Kazakhstan. The three-year partnership is the first ever agreement signed by a Premier League club in Kazakhstan. As official credit and debit card partner, Capital Bank will offer a range of club-related benefits and incentives to its customers and Arsenal fans in Kazakhstan, such as official Arsenal merchandise and tickets to see the team in action at... Chelsea Fans Voice Concerns Over Ticket Prices http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3565/title=chelsea+fans+voice+concerns+over+ticket+prices High ticket prices and a lack of atmosphere could be rectified by the introduction of Safe-Standing areas at Stamford Bridge, according to the findings of a survey conducted by the clubs supporters trust CST (Chelsea Supporters Trust). The second independent survey of Chelsea supporters was conducted during July and August 2014 and was designed with the aim of identifying the issues that Chelsea supporters care about. Supporters raised concerns over the atmosphere at... Sterling, Dyche, Dalglish - Big winners at MBNA Northwest Football Awards 2014 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3564/title=sterling%2C+dyche%2C+dalglish+-+big+winners+at+mbna+northwest+football+awards+2014 England international Raheem Sterling completed a stunning hat-trick for Liverpool FC after being named top Premier League player at the coveted MBNA Northwest Football of the Year Awards in Manchester last night. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, nicknamed Ginger Mourinho by Clarets fans, scooped Manager of the Year while former Anfield legend, Kenny Dalglish, succeeded fellow Scot, Sir Alex Ferguson, by receiving a Lifetime Contribution award. Sterling, not 20 until next month, is the... Scottish FA and Mars renew partnership through to 2018 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3563/title=scottish+fa+and+mars+renew+partnership+through+to+2018 The Scottish Football Association and Mars Chocolate UK have announced that they are renewing their existing partnership for another four-year term. Mars will continue to build on the success of the past four years, maintaining its role as Official Partner of the Scotland National Team and Official Partner to The Scottish FA until July 2018. The Scottish FA and Mars have been working together to make a lasting difference to adult football since 2011. The objective of the Scottish FA MARS Just... Manchester United revenues down over Champions League failure http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3562/title=manchester+united+revenues+down+over+champions+league+failure Manchester United today announced a 9.9% fall in their latest financial results for the 2015 fiscal first quarter ended 30 September 2014. Total revenue to September 30 is down to 88.7m and reflects the cost of the club's failure to qualify for the Champions League. Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: While we recognize that the 2014/15 fiscal year financial results will reflect our absence from the Champions League, we signed the largest kit sponsorship... Ofcom Launches Premier League TV Rights Investigation http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3561/title=ofcom+launches+premier+league+tv+rights+investigation The way in which the Premier Leagues multi-billion pound UK TV rights are sold is being investigated by Ofcom following a complaint lodged by Virgin Media. The investigation into how the Premier Leagues 3bn UK TV rights are sold will be carried out under the Competition Act and follows a complaint from Virgin Media, which was submitted to Ofcom in September. As set out in section 25 of the Competition Act, Ofcom may conduct an investigation where there are reasonable grounds... SEAT fcbusiness Announce Editorial Partnership Agreement http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3560/title=seat++fcbusiness+announce+editorial+partnership+agreement SEAT 2015 Conference and fcbusiness Magazine announced today a strategic partnership designed to bring a best-in-class sports technology conference and content to the European sports technology executive marketplace. The partnership will cover the topic areas of DAS, stadium wireless networks, sports CRM, data security, digital marketing, sports social media, marketing and sales. Under the partnership agreement, SEAT will host fcbusiness Magazine at the SEAT London and San Francisco Conference... Football Brands Lining Up to Score at Sports Technology Awards http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3558/title=football+brands+lining+up+to+score+at+sports+technology+awards Football clubs have been at the forefront of adopting many technological advances in the sports sector, helping them connect with fans and improve the performance of their players better than ever before. This work is now being formally assessed and celebrated at the Sports Technology Awards (STAs), which return on 27 th March 2015. The STAs, the first awards globally to celebrate outstanding advances within the sports technology sector, was launched last year and saw leading clubs such as... Soccerex And AFDP Renew Partnership For Asian Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3557/title=soccerex+and+afdp+renew+partnership+for+asian+forum Soccerex and the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP) have cemented their commitment to the development of football across Asia by signing a new two-year deal to host the Soccerex Asian Forum in Jordan, with next years edition taking place on 14-15 April. The deal, signed by Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie and Chairman and Founder of the AFDP HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, will see the two organisations working side-by-side over the coming two years to strengthen and improve the... FIFPro Set To Influence Laws Of The Game http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3556/title=fifpro+set+to+influence+laws+of+the+game FIFPro, the World Footballers Association, is set to play an important role in future amendments to the Laws of the Game as a part of a newly-established panel of experts advising IFAB (International Football Association Board). Richard Jobson, a member of FIFPros Technical Committee and Assistant Chief Executive to England Professional Footballers Association (PFA), will represent FIFPro, bolstered by player-driven research harnessing the views of professionals worldwide.... Image Rights First For The New Saints http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3555/title=image+rights+first+for+the+new+saints Welsh Premier league champions, The New Saints FC (TNS FC), have become the worlds first professional football club to register their Image Rights on the unique Guernsey register. This unique initiative is being driven by the Mike Harris, TNS FCs visionary Chairman, and will enable the club to protect its corporate brand and the huge investment made in developing players at every level. In addition, through the subsequent registration of its playing staff, the club... The FA Responds To FIFA Criticism http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3553/title=the+fa+responds+to+fifa+criticism The Football Association have issued their response to criticisms of its conduct during the World Cup 2018/2022 bidding process. A statement released by the FA read: "We note the FIFA Ethics Committee has today published a 42-page report in relation to the bidding processes for the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022. We were not given any prior notice of the report before publication. We do not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of Englands bid or any of the individuals... Flexible Payments With V12 Season Ticket Finance http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3552/title=flexible+payments+with+v12+season+ticket+finance V12 Season Ticket Finance, part of Secure Trust Bank, is helping football clubs make season ticket sales more accessible. The bank-backed service, which has already achieved success at notable Premier League and Championship sides, aims to make season ticket purchasing more feasible for football fans, by enabling them to spread the cost of the ticket over the course of a season. The simple and straightforward system from V12 allows a clubs supporter to pay for their season ticket in... Bolton Wanderers Raise £10,000 For Blesma http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3551/title=bolton+wanderers+raise+%A310%2C000+for+blesma Bolton Wanderers Football Club have raised 10,000 for Blesma through the sale of their limited edition military green third shirts. Blesma are the clubs national charity partner for the 2014/15 football season. The shirts were limited to 1,000 with each shirt coming in a special presentation box. The shirts have the words Lest We Forget embossed on the reverse with words from Laurence Binyons poem For the Fallen featured inside the neck label. The... Qatar Cleared Of Wrong Doing But English FA Criticised http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3550/title=qatar+cleared+of+wrong+doing+but+english+fa+criticised The Football Association (FA) have been criticised in a report published today which looked into claims of corruption by Qatar during the World Cup 2022 bidding campaign. The 42 page summary of the report by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's independent ethics committee, led by American lawyer Michael Garcia published today, notes the FA behaved improperly when trying to win the backing of a key voter in its attempt to win the right to stage the... Hibernian FC Fans Launch Campaign To Buy Their Club http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3549/title=hibernian+fc+fans+launch+campaign+to+buy+their+club A newly formed fans group called BuyHibs has announced its intention to unite fans with the aim of buying Hibernian FC. The group, which will be headed by former Hibernian player, Pat Stanton, is welcomed by the Hibernian Supporters Association, the Formers Players Association, and the Hibernian Shareholders Association who will be meeting with their members to discuss the best way to support the campaign. The announcement follows open meetings with supporters and a comprehensive... Carling St. George’s Park Announce Four Year Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3548/title=carling++st.+george%92s+park+announce+four+year+partnership Molson Coors has announced a new partnership with St. Georges Park, The Football Association's National Football Centre near Burton-Upon-Trent in Staffordshire. In a four year deal until 2018, Molson Coors will become official beer supplier to St. Georges Park. Alpesh Mistry, UK Customer Marketing Director at Molson Coors, said: I am absolutely delighted that Molson Coors is a new sponsor and official beer supplier to an incredible facility at St. Georges Park.... Rooney Co Get Animated In Nissin Launch http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3547/title=rooney++co+get+animated+in+nissin+launch Manchester Uniteds Official Global Partner, Nissin, unveiled its global marketing campaign entitled Hungry to Win at Old Trafford on Saturday. A specially commissioned 30 second advert created in Japanese anime style by world renowned animator Kazuto Nakazawa, whose artwork can also be seen in the Kill Bill movies, features Angel Di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. Hungry to Win is part of Nissins global marketing initiative, created to inspire... Carlisle United Post Disappointing Set Of Financial Results http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3546/title=carlisle+united+post+disappointing+set+of+financial+results Carlisle United have said they are disappointed with their latest set of accounts posted today. The Sky Bet League Two clubs total income for the year stood at 3.55m, in line with the previous year, with small movements between different aspects which reflected a better FA Cup run but poorer programme sales and reduced hospitality income. Expenditure was reduced by 291,000 from the previous year, despite a small increase in loan player fees to 87,037. Following season...