FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Comment: Can Changing A Banner Increase Revenues? http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4901/title=comment%3A+can+changing+a+banner+increase+revenues%3F By just changing a banner, I increased revenues by over 2m Lewis Holland, CEO of DiscountIF , offers insight into how he managed to increase revenue by 2m when changing the main banner. Following university, my career followed an interesting path within online gaming. As an industry it is interesting to work within because things move VERY FAST, and there is a great environment of online experts looking at new ways to improve revenues online. The company... Liverpool FC Extend MBNA Relationship http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4900/title=liverpool+fc+extend+mbna+relationship Liverpool FC has extended their 19-year long relationship with MBNA. For almost two decades MBNA has issued the Liverpool FC credit card as the Clubs official provider. As part of the renewed relationship, they will now become Official Partner of Liverpool Football Club in the UK. Billy Hogan, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer at Liverpool FC said: We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with MBNA over the last nineteen years and are delighted to extend that... KORE Software Announces Groundbreaking Ticketing Integration http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4899/title=kore+software+announces+groundbreaking+ticketing+integration KORE Softwares new technology streamlines the process for ticket sales reps, marking the first time Archtics payment processing has been integrated with CRM. KORE Software has announced the achievement of a groundbreaking level of integration through the worlds first CRM-based transaction and payment processing integration with Archtics, Ticketmasters season ticket sales application. While KORE Software and Ticketmaster have been working together for years delivering... Footballs Relationship With Betting Raises Questions http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4898/title=football%26%23039%3Bs+relationship+with+betting+raises+questions Following Joey Bartons ban from football by the English FA, Paul Goodwin from the Scottish Football Supporters Association raises questions over footballs relationship with betting. If there is one thing that you can bet on it is that we have not heard the end of the stories surrounding gambling and football. One football pundit described the cases we know about as being the tip of a very big iceberg. Of course yesterday was the day that the football authorities threw the book at... Brighton’s Amex Stadium In Running For Top Awards http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4897/title=brighton%92s+amex+stadium+in+running+for+top+awards The events and catering team at one of the UKs top sporting venues is in the running for a number of top awards. Sodexo Prestige Venues Events, which manages the entire catering contract at the Amex Stadium, home of Brighton Hove Albion who secured promotion to the Premier League, has been shortlisted in six categories at The Stadium Events and Hospitality Awards 2017. The awards are designed to recognise the efforts and dedication of those working in matchday, catering and... AFC Bournemouth Sign Record Kit Deal With Umbro http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4896/title=afc+bournemouth+sign+record+kit+deal+with+umbro AFC Bournemouth has signed a club record deal with Umbro who will become their new technical kit supplier. Umbro will supply the Cherries bespoke kit, replica and training wear for an initial five-year period, beginning with the 2017/18 season. The Manchester-based firm currently supplies kit and training wear to more than 150 professional teams around the world, including fellow Premier League sides Everton, West Ham United and Hull City, current Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, Vasco da... Liverpool Reveal 125th Anniversary Home Kit http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4895/title=liverpool+reveal+125th+anniversary+home+kit Liverpool FC has today revealed its new home kit for the 2017/18 season to fans which celebrates the clubs 125 th anniversary. The kit was revealed in a film about four fans that embody what it is to be Pure Liverpool FC. The four Reds, each with their own unique story, were surprised by a visit from one of their LFC heroes and were the first to receive the LFC home kit. The new home kit pays homage to the clubs 125 th anniversary, revealing the commemorative crest... Watford FC: An Unlikely Financial Success Story? http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4894/title=watford+fc%3A+an+unlikely+financial+success+story%3F The business model carried out by the owners of Watford FC is unlikely to be adopted by too many sectors outside of football, but by hiring and firing a conveyor belt of managers, they have managed to reach and subsequently survive in the top flight of the English game. Success can be measured in many ways and while a tenth-placed finish might seem underwhelming, its estimated that it will bring around 120 million in prize money so it will benefit the Hornets to stay in their... Newcastle United West Ham Face Tax Investigation http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4893/title=newcastle+united++west+ham+face+tax+investigation Newcastle United and West Ham United have been targeted by HMRC for alleged Tax and National Insurance fraud. Officers are understood to have raided the offices at St Jamess Park and the London Stadium this morning and its reported Lee Charnley, Managing Director of newly promoted Newcastle United, is one of those arrested as part of the investigation. A statement released by HMRC read: HMRC has arrested several men working within the professional football industry for a... Premier Sports Network UCFB Form Partnership http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4892/title=premier+sports+network++ucfb+form+partnership Premier Sports Network, the events and intelligence provider for an invite-only community of leading sports executives, has announced a partnership with UCFB. The partnership will see UCFB students join the Premier Sports Network delivery team at events across 2017, where they will be able to experience the mechanics of putting on a B2B sports event, given the chance to learn from industry experts and offered the opportunity to meet major rights-holders, governing bodies and suppliers. ... Nominations Announced For Stadium Events Hospitality Awards 2017 http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4891/title=nominations+announced+for+stadium+events++hospitality+awards+2017 Stadium Experience has announced the 81 football and rugby clubs across the UK nominated for awards in the Stadium Events Hospitality Awards 2017. The awards, sponsored by Carlsberg, will take place in the new main stand at Anfield, home to Liverpool Football Club on Thursday 1st June 2017. Around 400 guests will experience a fine dining four course menu, awards ceremony, followed by onsite after party until 4am. The prestigious event aims to recognise the efforts and dedication shown by... Leeds United Appoint Former Real Madrid Executive Ivan Bravo http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4890/title=leeds+united+appoint+former+real+madrid+executive+ivan+bravo Leeds United has appointed Ivan Bravo to the Clubs Board of Directors with immediate effect. The former Director of Strategy at Real Madrid, leading on both the sport and business fronts at the Bernabu, joins the Championship club from his current employers, Aspire Academy in Qatar where he held the role of Director General. Speaking about his new role, Ivan Bravo, said: Leeds United is a club steeped in prestige with an extremely proud fanbase and I am thrilled to join the... Is Uniteds Off-Field Success Contributing To Their Struggles? http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4889/title=is+united%26%23039%3Bs+off-field+success+contributing+to+their+struggles%3F If you look at Manchester United's recent history, there is a clear distinction between the club's on and off-field performance . More specifically, while the club has struggled to achieve success on the pitch since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, they have continued to develop their commercial prowess and become increasingly profitable as a business venture. But has this off-field success created a lack of perspective at Old Trafford, and is it preventing them from re-establishing... Notts County Ladies Folds Following Huge Debts http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4888/title=notts+county+ladies+folds+following+huge+debts Notts County Ladies Football Club have folded after Alan Hardy admitted defeat in his bid to save the club which faced a near-1million bill to stay afloat this season. The Notts County chairman and owner had hoped to restructure six-figure HMRC debts inherited from Ray Trew and fund ongoing projected losses this season of half a million pounds. Despite interest from two Premier League sides to take over the business as a going concern and to protect the players and staff, the FA would not... Valencia Partnership Sees Fanatics International Expansion http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4887/title=valencia+partnership+sees+fanatics+international+expansion Spanish La Liga club Valencia C.F. has partnered with Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise, to operate the clubs new official online store. The store shop.valenciacf.com now provides Valencias global fan base with three language choices (Spanish, English and French) and multiple currency options for ease of purchase in local territories. A Chinese version is planned for later in the year. The deal also allows for Fanatics Branded, the companys in-house... Ugo Ehiogu Dies Following Cardiac Arrest http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4886/title=ugo+ehiogu+dies+following+cardiac+arrest Tottenham Hotspur Under 23 coach and former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu has died following a cardiac arrest. Ugo collapsed at Spurs training ground on Thursday and was taken to hospital. The news of his death was confirmed by the club in a statement which read: It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach. Its understood that Ugo passed away in the early hours of this morning. Head of Coaching and... Manchester City Women Sign Hays Recruitment Partnership http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4885/title=manchester+city+women+sign+hays+recruitment+partnership Hays is expanding its already strong relationship with City Football Group by becoming the Official Recruitment Partner of double title winning side Manchester City Womens FC. Manchester City Women who were crowned FA WSL and Continental Cup champions in 2016 has won more domestic trophies than any other WSL team since the Leagues expansion to two leagues in 2014 and plays at the 7,000 seater stadium in the City Football Academy. Interest in the WSL is growing at a fast rate with... TopTix Acquired By SeatGeek In $56 Million Deal http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4884/title=toptix+acquired+by+seatgeek+in+%2456+million+deal+ In a major move that instantly makes SeatGeek one of the largest primary ticketers in the world, the tech company announced the acquisition of Israeli ticketing software company TopTix for $56 million. The purchase represents a significant investment in primary ticketing on behalf of SeatGeek as it continues to build the ticketing platform of the future, SeatGeek Open, and shows confidence in its ability to replace industry incumbents as the premiere ticketing platform for rightsholders. The... New Hashtags Launched For #ElClasico http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4883/title=new+hashtags+launched+for+%23elclasico LaLiga and Twitter have teamed up to give fans watching the El Clasico specially designed emoji hashtags for use on the social media platform. Offering a unique experience to fans and bringing the action to all four corners of the globe continues to be LaLiga's number one priority. Ahead of the game, nine new emoji hashtags have been created especially for the occasion. Three Real Madrid and FC Barcelona players apiece have got the hashtag emoji treatment and the #ElClasico hashtag itself.... New Online Platform Assisting Footballers Scouts Continues To Grow http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4882/title=new+online+platform+assisting+footballers++scouts+continues+to+grow Scout Me Online a new start-up company from London is looking to assist young talents who are struggling to get to the professional level or have been released from their club the opportunity to increase their chances of being scouted via the click of a button. The platform offers footballers an opportunity to find professional contracts in other parts of the world. The Scout Me Online platform also benefits clubs by offering them greater access to view a wider selection of players that... Premier League Revenues Grow But Losses Return http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4881/title=premier+league+revenues+grow+but+losses+return Premier League clubs revenues increased to a new record of 3.6bn in 2015/16, according to Deloitte, the business advisory firm. Analysis of the financial results of Premier League clubs for 2015/16 shows wage costs increased by 12% to 2.3bn, resulting in combined operating profits (excluding player trading, net interest charges and the amortisation of player contracts) of 0.5 billion (2014/15: 0.5 billion). The figures come ahead of the next edition of the... Exclusive Interview: Paul Bell Executive Director of Leeds United http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4880/title=exclusive+interview%3A+paul+bell+executive+director+of+leeds+united DiscountIF CEO, Lewis Holland, got an exclusive interview with the executive director of Leeds United. Paul was kind enough to share his insights on how Leeds United have invested in their online retail store to improve their commercial revenues. To read the full interview please visit the link to our blog by clicking the banner below: Quotes from the interview below: "uplift in daily online sales of at least 50% when we send out a retail daily offer to our database we sold around an extra... Manchester City Women’s Champions League Scarf Trail http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4879/title=manchester+city+women%92s+champions+league+scarf+trail More than 300 Manchester City Women scarves have been draped, hung and hidden throughout the city centre of Manchester, as their highly anticipated UEFA Womens Champions League clash against Olympique Lyonnais this coming Saturday draws near. An array of Manchester City Women v Lyon scarves bearing both Clubs colours and crest have been placed in busy locations, encouraging the public to take a scarf and show their support for the Manchester City Womens team. This is their... Comment: Virgin’s Twenty’s Plenty Pledge Does It Go Far Enough? http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4878/title=comment%3A+virgin%92s+twenty%92s+plenty+pledge+does+it+go+far+enough%3F Virgin Media are in the middle of an advertising blitz, promoting their Twentys Plenty offering with The Football Supporters Federation. The first thing youd think about such a campaign is everyones a winner, right? Well, no. And this is why: First things first: I think the campaign to reduce the price of tickets is absolutely bang-on. For years The Premier League talked about stretch pricing (having different levels of pricing all... Liverpool Ladies FC Announce First Shirt Sponsorship Deal http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4877/title=liverpool+ladies+fc+announce+first+shirt+sponsorship+deal Liverpool Ladies Football Club has announced a new shirt sponsorship deal with womens beauty and cosmetics company, Avon Products Inc, ahead of the WSL Spring Series. The three-year deal is the first agreement of its kind for LLFC and will see Avon become the first independent shirt sponsor to grace the front of the Reds shirt. For the first time in its history, Avon will become the first female-focused brand to sponsor a ladies football team. Through the partnership, Avon will also...