FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Everton Plan New Stadium At Bramley Moore Dock http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4832/title=everton+plan+new+stadium+at+bramley+moore+dock Everton Football Clubs search for a site to build a new stadium are finally set to come to an end as they announce plans to build an iconic waterfront stadium in the city. Liverpool City Council is set to agree the principles of an innovative finance model with Everton that will support the Premier League clubs ambition to build a new stadium at Bramley Park Dock.. A report will be presented to the councils cabinet next Friday (31 March) recommending that the City Council... Portsmouth Enter Possible Takeover Talks http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4831/title=portsmouth+enter+possible+takeover+talks Portsmouth Football Club has confirmed its in talks regarding a potential takeover. In a statement released by the club, they said: Portsmouth Community Football Club would like to advise all shareholders and supporters that it has entered into an Exclusivity Agreement with Michael D. Eisner and his Tornante Group to allow for a period of discussions and negotiations to take place regarding a possible purchase of the club. The agreement is simply to ensure that during this... Arsenal Hosts Medical Conference http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4830/title=arsenal+hosts+medical+conference Arsenals medical team hosted its annual medical conference at the Emirates Stadium on Monday. Now in its seventh year, the event brings together medical practitioners from across sport, to pool expertise and share ideas. The theme of this years conference was screening in elite sport with discussions ranging from players medicals to the role that screening can play in the development of academy players. Club captain Per Mertesacker was among the speakers, alongside Colin... ‘BARÇA INNOVATION HUB’ Unveiled To The World http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4829/title=%91bar%C7a+innovation+hub%92+unveiled+to+the+world Representatives from Spanish giants FC Barcelona presented its Bara Innovation Hub plans to a world audience on Wednesday. Hosted by FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the launch featured figures from institutional, scientific, academic and business fields, and was broadcast globally via streaming services. The auditorium had been given a makeover before the event, with technology taking the leading role in the form of a large curved screen serving as a backdrop... KORE Software Opens New European Regional Office http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4828/title=kore+software+opens+new+european+regional+office Newly opened London-based office will supplement KOREs Global Headquarters in New York City. Over the past 18 months, KORE has experienced rapid company expansion and increasing demand from sports and entertainment organisations across Europe. To meet the demand, KORE opened a London-based office in January, dedicated to providing the same benchmark quality of service that their North American customers have been receiving for a decade. This new location will enhance the servicing of... AFC Bournemouth Announce Digital Partnership With Stadion http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4827/title=afc+bournemouth+announce+digital+partnership+with+stadion AFC Bournemouth has agreed a partnership which will see them develop a new-look digital platform set for launch in the summer. The south coast Premier League club has entered an agreement with Stadion as its new digital platform partners. Following an extensive tender process, Stadion were identified as the perfect partner to reinvent and bring the clubs new digital platform to life. Set for launch this coming summer, work has already begun on a new-look, bespoke digital platform for the... 90/24 Sports Reaches 100 Million Fans http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4826/title=9024+sports+reaches+100+million+fans Fast-growing, digital media company, 90/24 Sports has appointed media-entrepreneur Edwin Tromp as the new CEO to further grow the company. 90/24 Sports is targeted to double their reach to 200 million fans representing the combined reach of all their clients on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat. Importantly, Tromp will continue to invest significantly in data science worldwide. Speaking of his appointment, Tromp said: I have been following this company for a long time.... ADI Showcase LED Perimeter Technology On European Tour http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4825/title=adi+showcase+led+perimeter+technology+on+european+tour Stadium technology specialists ADI have embarked on a major European tour this month to showcase a new virtual replacement perimeter LED technology, developed in partnership with augmented reality experts Supponor. The tour commenced in March, with a visit to German Bundesliga club, VfL Wolfsburg where a section of the new Virtual Hybrid digiBOARD was installed for the teams match against Darmstadt 98. The purpose was to showcase the complete end to end workflow, from acquisition of the... Leeds Are The Real United For Online Merchandise Conversion http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4824/title=leeds+are+the+real+united+for+online+merchandise+conversion CEO, Lewis Holland and the team at DiscountIF team have been studying various merchandise stores of football clubs in the UK. We've been observing pricing trends as well as web traffic flows. Within the team we had a gut feeling that some clubs were better than others at converting fans into At first glance we were 'shocked' at the wide spread use of price slashing (50%+ off etc...). I was speaking at a sports conference in Barcelona recently and one of the other speakers... Delete Scoops Double Win For Saints’ Digital Transformation http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4823/title=delete+scoops+double+win+for+saints%92+digital+transformation Following its recent work to relaunch Southampton FCs new fan-focused digital experience, digital specialist Delete has been awarded Sitecores Global Peoples Choice and UK Digital Innovation awards. For the Global Peoples Choice Award, 43 projects were selected for the public vote on Facebook, with the top three entries put forward to the Sitecore judging panel to select an overall winner. Delete fought off stiff global competition from RSPCA Queensland and W.P. Carey... Manchester City Announce Premier Leagues First Sleeve Sponsorship Deal http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4822/title=manchester+city+announce+premier+league%26%23039%3Bs+first+sleeve+sponsorship+deal Manchester City has become the first Premier League club to announce an Official Sleeve Partner. Korean tire giant, and existing club partner, Nexen Tire has renewed its partnership and becomes the first brand to take advantage of the new asset, which begins at the start of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. The Nexen Tire logo will appear on the sleeve of the Manchester City playing shirt for all Premier League games. The partnership has also been extended to include Womens Super... Football Academies: A Key Asset Football Clubs Have at Their Fingertips http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4821/title=football+academies%3A+a+key+asset+football+clubs+have+at+their+fingertips One of football clubs' most valuable and strategic assets are their football academies. This area of a club not only represents its values and history, but can also be the keystone for sustainable results club-wide. Many have successfully managed football academies for years in regions where sports governance has a strong focus on children, but in other places there have been a deficit of best practices and productivity-increasing tools. Technology-Driven Model to Develop Professional Players... ATPI Sports Events Air Partner return to Premier Sports Network for 2017 http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4820/title=atpi+sports+events++air+partner+return+to+premier+sports+network+for+2017 Leading global Travel Management Company ATPI Sports Events and aircraft charter company Air Partner have both renewed their partnerships with Premier Sports Network, the events and intelligence provider for an invite-only community of leading sports executives. Under the terms of the agreements, ATPI Sports Events and Air Partner will continue as the respective Official Travel Management and Official Aircraft Providers of the Premier Sports Network for 2017, and will have a presence at all... Former Groundsman Praises Playability Of SISGrass http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4818/title=former+groundsman+praises+playability+of+sisgrass Former Hull City groundsman Craig Backhouse believes more football clubs should join the SISGrass revolution. Backhouse, who now works as an Installation Supervisor at SIS Pitches, worked at Hull City for nine years, two of which he spent working with a SISGrass pitch installed by SIS Pitches. He now travels the world to help install the product in his new role, and has carried out work in the Middle East, Germany, Greece, Turkey as well as a number of projects in the UK. Having worked on a... Edwin Van Der Sar To Share Club Brand Values At Soccerex http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4817/title=edwin+van+der+sar+to+share+club+brand+values+at+soccerex Former Ajax, Manchester United, and Dutch national goalkeeper, Edwin Van Der Sar will be speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention, 4-6 September, Manchester. Van Der Sar will be part of a panel of senior club figures discussing the importance of having defined values within a football club; how they can create and support the club's identity and what structures are needed to ensure these are maintained. Currently Chief Executive Officer of his beloved Ajax, Edwin enjoyed a glittering career... Chancellor Misses Rate-Relief Open Goal In Budget http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4816/title=chancellor+misses+rate-relief+open+goal+in+budget Rate relief for football in the community: An open goal for Government in 2017 Football clubs, large and small, will not benefit from any substantive give-aways following the Chancellors budget announced yesterday (8 th March) although a hardship fund of 300m has been made available at the discretion of local councils.. A more generous rate relief was a clear goal scoring opportunity for the Chancellor, particularly for lower league clubs, and football will be tempted to... Club Wembley Using 3D DIGITAL VENUE Services http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4815/title=club+wembley+using+3d+digital+venue+services 3D DIGITAL VENUE has partnered with Club Wembley to aid in its goal of providing members with an enhanced Club Wembley Experience. Partnering with 3D DIGITAL VENUE , Club Wembley has ushered in an era of Premium Visual Experience for its Inner Circle members, allowing them to virtually experience the interactive views from the heart of Club Wembley before making a purchase. The exclusive Inner Circle offers its member's a seat of their choice for every England Men's Senior home game, The... Swedish Football League Invests In Video Analysis Technology http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4814/title=swedish+football+league+invests+in+video+analysis+technology The Swedish Football League, Svensk Elitfotboll, have signed an agreement with Spiideo to equip every stadium in Allsvenskan with a system that delivers high resolution panoramic footage of the entire pitch. The new Spiideo system will be used to analyse games and Stefan Lundin, Sports Director at Svensk Elitfotboll is optimistic about the new opportunities. This is an incredible product for both tactical team analysis, and also to be able to improve individual player skills, he... Google CEO Makes FC Barcelona Visit http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4813/title=google+ceo+makes+fc+barcelona+visit The CEO of tech giant Google has made a visit to FC Barcelona. Sundar Pichai visited FC Barcelona this week, taking advantage of his stay in the city for the Mobile World Congress. FC Barcelona was represented at the event on its first day by president Josep Maria Bartomeu who made a speech in which he announced the presentation of the Bara Innovation Hub project on 22 March. Pichai was greeted at the Ciutat Esportiva, in the Barcelona suburb of Sant Joan Desp, by president... AFC Fylde Partnership Gives Youngsters Striking Future http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4812/title=afc+fylde+partnership+gives+youngsters+striking+future Over 600 young adults from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre will benefit from a new partnership that aims to equip them with employment skills. AFC Fylde Community Foundation has joined forces with its new education and school sports programme partners, Cuadrilla and Centrica, to fund and deliver a new traineeship programme, Striking Futures. Striking Futures aims to provide young people with one of a range of AQA Vocational Level 2 qualifications, all of which have been carefully selected to help them... The introduction of sin-bins among the topics to be discussed at IFABs 131st AGM http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4810/title=the+introduction+of+sin-bins+among+the+topics+to+be+discussed+at+ifab%26%23039%3Bs+131st+agm Greg Clarke will chair the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) at Wembley Stadium on Friday. England hosts the 131st meeting of the games law-makers at the national stadium with the agenda all set for discussion. Following last years major revision of the Laws of the Game by FA Referees Committee Chairman and IFAB technical director David Elleray, this years AGM will be asked to approve final tiding up to... West Brom announce Asian partnership with IGOFX http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4809/title=west+brom+announce+asian+partnership+with+igofx West Bromwich Albion Football Club and leading Forex company IGOFX have today announced a partnership that will run until the end of the 2017/18 season. Albion players Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans, and Jake Livermore were all present as the partnership was announced at the Clubs training ground. The Forex trading company, which operates in the trading of currencies on a global level, will become the Official Forex Partner of West Bromwich Albion Football Club in Asia. The partnership,... Leicester City make pre-tax profit of £16.4m after winning Premier League http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4808/title=leicester+city+make+pre-tax+profit+of+%A316.4m+after+winning+premier+league Leicester City today announced its financial results for the year ending 31 May, 2016 a period of continued growth and unprecedented success for the Football Club. An historic, captivating 2015/16 season that ended with City being crowned Premier League champions the first top-flight title in the Clubs 132-year history changed the face of Leicester City in the eyes of the world, capturing the imagination of a global audience and opening long-term avenues for... Aladdin Group becomes global partner of Manchester United http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4807/title=aladdin+group+becomes+global+partner+of+manchester+united Manchester United and Aladdin Group have today announced a global partnership. As part of the partnership, Aladdin Group will work with Manchester United to generate brand awareness and compelling engagement projects with the clubs 659 million global followers, via the Clubs digital platforms as well as one to one fan events and campaigns worldwide. Manchester Uniteds Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold comments: The way in which we shop has changed dramatically... Safeguarding tops the Player Care Manchester agenda http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4806/title=safeguarding+tops+the+player+care+manchester+agenda How well sport is adapting its safeguarding procedures will be one of eight major topics discussed at the upcoming Premier Sports Network Player Care Manchester event. Following the uncovering of historical sexual abuse in UK sport, all major sports organisations have been assessing their safeguarding mechanisms over the last year. In a panel session, leading names from teams and specialist organisations will discuss what was lacking in the first place, who has a best practice strategy others...