FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Premier League Clubs To Share £1bn Of TV Money http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3778/title=premier+league+clubs+to+share+%A31bn+of+tv+money At least 1 billion of live rights income to be shared outside of the Premier League from 2016/17 2018/19. The pledge follows a meeting of Premier League club chairmen in London yesterday and will see the money filter down to fund facilities, participation and match-attending fans amongst five key areas. Significantly, clubs have also pledged to pay all full-time staff the Living Wage. In their first meeting since the new TV deal was announced, the clubs agreed that... National Football Museum Hall Of Fame 2015 Inductees Announced http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3777/title=national+football+museum+hall+of+fame+2015+inductees+announced The latest 9 members of the National Football Museum Hall Of Fame were announced at the museum last night. Gordon Taylor of National Football Museum Hall Of Fame supporters The PFA, announced six new 'modern era' male players, as well as one new historic player. The following have all been voted into the Hall Of Fame by a panel including all current living members of the Hall Of Fame: Ivor Allchurch The Golden Boy of Welsh Football; a Swansea hero and inside forward in the 1958 World Cup team.... Arsenal Stars Face The Oval Ball Whilst Saracens Battle To ‘Keepy Uppy’ In A Video At London Colney... http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3776/title=arsenal+stars+face+the+oval+ball+whilst+saracens+battle++to+%91keepy+uppy%92+in+a+video+at+london+colney+training+ground As lead sponsor of Arsenal and ahead of its sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup, Emirates has worked with Arsenal, World Rugby and the Saracens to produce a light hearted video that sees some of our leading rugby and football stars swapping places in a classic sports battle. Before last weekends exhilarating Six Nations conclusion and as England gears up for a year of rugby, Saracens stars, Chris Wyles, Kelly Brown and David Strettle and their Arsenal counterparts, Olivier Giroud, Wojciech... Premier League Clubs Record First Profit In 15 years http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3775/title=premier+league+clubs+record+first+profit+in+15+years Premier League clubs generated a combined pre-tax profit of 190m in 2013/14, according to Deloitte, the business advisory firm. The first pre-tax profit in 15 years, the figure is almost four times greater than the previous record of 49m set in 1997/98. This is in sharp contrast to the 2.6 billion of pre-tax losses accumulated over the previous decade. At an operating profit level, which excludes player trading, net interest charges and the amortisation of player contracts,... Michel Platini Re-Elected as UEFA President http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3774/title=michel+platini+re-elected+as+uefa+president Michel Platini has been re-elected for a third, four-year term as UEFA President. His re-election was confirmed following the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna today with Platini the only candidate. The Frenchman was elected as UEFA President in January 2007, and was re-elected for a second term at the 35th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Paris 2011. Thanking Europe's national associations for the confidence they have show in him, he said: "Thank you thank you very much. "Thank you for... SportAccord Reveals Taster For This Year’s Summit http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3773/title=sportaccord+reveals+taster+for+this+year%92s+summit SportAccord Convention eMagazine The Preview is available online today. As the most influential annual event owned by sport, the publication reveals whats in store for the World Sport Business Summit. The 6-day annual gathering takes place from 19-24 April 2015 at the Sochi Expocentre, Russia and is attended by sport and industry key decision-makers, with broadcasting and media services sharing news, announcements, and key take-aways, worldwide. Revealing some of the attractions at... Harrogate Town FC The Healthy Heart Of The Community http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3772/title=harrogate+town+fc+the+healthy+heart+of+the+community Harrogate Town Football Foundation C.I.C is striving to become the heart of the community thanks to a Healthy Heart grant from Yorkshire-based national charity Heart Research UK. The Harrogate Town Foundation CIC has been awarded nearly 10,000 to run three different programmes aimed at adults with high risks of heart disease, families who are at risk of developing heart conditions and pregnant women who were overweight, smokers or substance takers before they were pregnant. The project... ECA FIFA Resign Collaboration Agreement http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3771/title=eca++fifa+resign+collaboration+agreement The European Club Association (ECA) have confirmed that a new collaboration agreement with FIFA has been signed. The agreement reinforces the fundamental importance clubs serve the global game with the world governing body as well as recognition, protection and motivation for the clubs whose players perform the international stage. Part of the agreement governs the distribution of club benefits generated by the FIFA World Cup based on the model developed for the 2010 and 2014 tournaments: a... FSE Comment: The Negative Effect Of UEFA’s Collective Punishment http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3770/title=fse+comment%3A+the+negative+effect+of+uefa%92s+collective+punishment UEFA seems to ignore negative effects of collective punishments in annual meeting with fans. On 16 March, the annual meeting of the FSE Committee with UEFA took place, together with our partners Supporters Direct Europe and Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) . Whilst progress was made and joint actions were discussed with regards to nominative ticket schemes and travel restrictions, we had to register that UEFA was still unwilling to move even an inch in its position on collective... SportAccord Confirms DB Schenker As Official Partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3769/title=sportaccord+confirms+db+schenker+as+official+partner SportAccord Convention confirms DB Schenker as the official Transportation and Logistics Partner for this years World Sport Business Summit taking place from 19-24 April 2015 at the Sochi Expocentre, Sochi, Russia. Jochen Mueller, Member of the Board of Management, Schenker Deutschland AG said: We have had a long presence at SportAccord Convention since its inception in Madrid, 2003, and its great to be back with the Convention as a Delivery Partner. We are... FIFA Confirm 2022 World Cup Final Date http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3768/title=fifa+confirm+2022+world+cup+final+date The World Cup final in Qatar will be played on the 18 th December 2022 it has been confirmed. Following a meeting of the Executive Committee yesterday (19 th March) it was announced that the tournament final will be played on the on the 18 th , Qatars National Day. A statement released by FIFA, read: The Executive Committee today confirmed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be staged in November/December with the Final to be on 18 December 2022, Qatars National Day.... Soccerex Forges Partnership With The Football League http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3767/title=soccerex+forges+partnership+with+the+football+league Soccerex have announced the agreement of a new partnership with The Football League. The partnership is centered on the Soccerex Global Convention 2015, taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, 7-9 September, which will play host to The Football League Commercial Managers meeting. With Commercial Directors and Managers from all 72 clubs invited to this official biannual meeting, the Global Convention will be the platform for all involved in The Football League to network, build... QPR Rings In Communications Partnership With BT http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3766/title=qpr+rings+in+communications+partnership+with+bt Queens Park Rangers Football Club have agreed a multi-year partnership with BT to become the clubs first official communications provider. In doing so, QPR have become the first Premier League club to enter into a commercial partnership with BT Sport. The partnership will transform the clubs communications by supplying them with BT One Phone and a high performance network that will give the club secure and high speed communication and connectivity with 24/7 support at Loftus Road,... Santi Carzola Becomes Patron Of Football Beyond Borders http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3765/title=santi+carzola+becomes+patron+of+football+beyond+borders Arsenal Spain super-star Santi Cazorla announced as patron of Football Beyond Borders London-based youth charity, Football Beyond Borders, have clinched the star signing of Arsenal footballer Santi Cazorla as a new patron of the organisation. Cazorla, a European cup winner with Spain and one of the Premier Leagues top stars, follows in the footsteps of Sky Sports reporter Guillem Balague, who has been patron of the charity since October last year. The announcement marks a period of... Luton Town To Rename Stadium In Support Of Cancer Charity http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3764/title=luton+town+to+rename+stadium+in+support+of+cancer+charity Kenilworth Road is to be renamed to support a national cancer charity for one match. Luton Towns televised match with Wycombe next Tuesday, will see Kenilworth Road, renamed as the Prostate Cancer UK Stadium. As official charity partner of the Football League, the move will give Prostate Cancer UK a huge amount of visibility. A statement on the clubs official website read: Weve been overwhelmed by the positive response to this initiative, not just from... Spurs Show Support For Chinese Youth Football Programme http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3763/title=spurs+show+support+for+chinese+youth+football+programme Tottenham Hotspur is showing its support for the AIA China Youth Football Development programme during this Saturdays Premier League match with Leicester City at White Hart Lane. Players will wear special edition match shirts featuring the charitys logo that will be auctioned off to raise money for disadvantaged young people in China. The initiative is part of Tottenham Hotspurs long-term partnership with AIA, which is committed to promoting increased sports participation... Premier League launches new Kids website http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3762/title=premier+league+launches+new+kids+website The Premier League has launched a new website aimed at young Premier League fans. Kids.premierleague.com will feature exclusive content targeted at children aged 6-12 and has been developed in association with Topps , the producer of Match Attax and the Official Premier League Sticker Collection. The aim is to create a fun environment that will provide children with a way to develop their knowledge of the Barclays Premier League. To get the full Premier League Kids experience users are... Everton fans back club in Premier League fan survey http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3760/title=everton+fans+back+club+in+premier+league+fan+survey Everton fans have overwhelmingly backed the Club in the 2015 Premier League Fan Survey. An independent questionnaire commissioned by the Premier League and involving fans of all of the top flight clubs, the Fan Survey is now in its 19th year. The backing of Evertonians for the work being done at Everton has been virtually unanimous in this years survey, with 96% of supporters providing an affirmative response to the question of whether they feel positivity towards the Club ... Bristol City report £9.2m trading loss http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3759/title=bristol+city+report+%A39.2m+trading+loss Bristol City's annual accounts are now available online, showing a trading loss of 9.2m on the year ending May 31st 2014. - Bristol City Annual Accounts 2014 PDF Download This was a significant reduction of 20 per cent (11.5m) compared to the prior year. Sales for the year were 3.9m down as a result of relegation from the Sky Bet Championship to League One. The main component of this reduction was League distributions, which were down 3m on the prior year.... Matt Le Tissier lauds first-ever 3G pitch in Jersey http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3758/title=matt+le+tissier+lauds+first-ever+3g+pitch+in+jersey Former England star Matt Le Tissier was full of praise on Monday as Jersey's first-ever 3G pitch was opened. As one of the Channel Islands most famous footballing experts, the Southampton legend paid tribute to the investment made by the Premier League FA Facilities Fund and hopes it can help more local youngsters improve their game. A grant of 400,000 from the Fund was provided to make the project at Springfield Stadium in St Helier a possibility, with FA Council Leader... Tottenham to wear charity’s logo on front of shirts for match against Leicester City http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3756/title=tottenham+to+wear+charity%92s+logo+on+front+of+shirts+for+match+against+leicester+city Tottenham Hotspur is showing its support for the AIA China Youth Football Development programme during this Saturdays Premier League match with Leicester City at White Hart Lane. Players will wear special edition match shirts featuring the charitys logo that will be auctioned off to raise money to help thousands of disadvantaged young people in China gain access to life-changing sporting opportunities via the Club and AIA China. The initiative is part of our long-term partnership... fcbusiness signs for Elite Sports Performance Expo http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3755/title=fcbusiness+signs+for+elite+sports+performance+expo fcbusiness are proud to announce a partnership with Elite Sports Performance Expo . The partnership will see fcbusiness become Lead Media Partner of Elite Sports Performance Expo 2015 and will provide a range promotional and editorial opportunities for the event and exhibitors. Elite Sports Expo is specifically designed to showcase all of the latest cutting edge technology, sports equipment, facilities, services and nutrition from around the world to help improve and enhance the... Manchester United and bwin launch world-first casino app http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3754/title=manchester+united+and+bwin+launch+world-first+casino+app Manchester United and bwin , the clubs online gaming and betting partner, have launched the first football club-based, real money casino app in the world the 'bwin Manchester United Casino'. The app, which has been specially developed by bwin, gives users a realistic 3D casino environment, set against the backdrop of Old Trafford. Users are welcomed to the casino lobby by likenesses of United players, complete with voiceovers which guide them through the scintillating game-play.... Everton Sign Partnership With EZTrader http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3753/title=everton+sign+partnership+with+eztrader Everton Football Club has announced EZTrader Inc as the Clubs Official Online Trading Partner. The partnership will commence with immediate effect and run until May 2017. EZTrader will benefit from advertising at all domestic cup games played at Goodison Park and host exclusive content on evertonfc.com. EZTrader is fully regulated and authorised to operate throughout Europe. As a leading binary options platform, the organisation is a pioneer of regulated, safe and fair online trading.... FA Council reject Hull Citys proposed name change http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3752/title=fa+council+reject+hull+city%26%23039%3Bs+proposed+name+change On 9 April 2014, The FA Council decided to reject an application by Hull City to change its playing name to Hull Tigers. Following the majority vote by Council, Hull City commenced arbitration proceedings against The FA challenging the decision to reject the clubs application. An independent Tribunal has now released its decision in respect of the arbitration. A copy of that decision is available here . The key points to note are summarised below. Following the decision of...