Banco Santander of Spain has become the title sponsor of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL’s premier club competition. They replace Toyota. Separately, The Columbus Crew this week announced the signing of ICI Paints brand Glidden as the clubs ‘Presenting Sponsor’. Glidden branding will feature on the team jerseys as part of the deal: Sources: Yahoo Finance & MLS.net
Chelsea has signed a 3 year deal with Gatorade that will see PepsiCo International brand become their official sports drink. Meanwhile Möbel Kraft, a furnishings vendor, has penned a deal that sees them become a ‘co-sponsor’ of Bundesliga side Hertha BSC. Source: Sportfive.com & Chelseafc.com
Usmanov To Ditch Dein?
While Arsenal managing director Keith Edelman earlier declared himself ‘relaxed’ about businessman Alisher Usmanov increased stake in the club, media reports suggest the Russian billionaire has held talks with the Arsenal board that have resulted in David Dein, former vice-chairman and ‘persona non grata’ effectively being sidelined. Meanwhile, following a meeting with the Arsenal board, Stan Kroenke has been urged by the club to join the ‘lockdown’ and agree not to sell his shares in the club. Source: Various
Battle For Control Of Championship Team
Local press are reporting that West Bromwich Albion’s second largest shareholder Geoff Hale has bettered Chairman Jeremy Peace’s offer to club shareholders. Peace is trying to take full control of the club but Hale believes his intention is to sell the club on at a massive profit and hopes his move will block this. Source: Express & Star
Chelsea Tie Up With NFL
Chelsea have agreed a partnership with NFL ahead of the Dolphins v Giants game at Wembley later this month. John Terry and Didier Drogba have been appointed honorary captains of the Giants as part of the partnership and New York team will base at Chelsea’s training centre as part of the arrangement. Source: Chelsefc.com
Roman Clubs Face Action
AS Roma and Lazio could face fines of $680,400 in a false accounting case according to the Italian media. Franco Sensi, the President of AS Roma and Sergio Cragnotti, the former Lazio president are currently standing trial in relation to the case. Source: The Guardian
EPL Team Announce Stadium Development Plans
EPL side Fulham FC plan to add 4,000 seats to their Craven Cottage stadium. The team has outlined the plans to the local authority which is now consulting with local residents. Fulham hope the plans will secure their long term future at Craven Cottage, which has one of the smallest capacities in the EPL at little over 22,000. Source: The Guardian
Luton Town Continuing Losses
League One strugglers Luton Town are losing $6m per year according to their Chairman David Pinkney. The blame is laid at the door of unsustainably high (football) operating costs inherited from the previous ownership and Pinkney concedes the situation is unlikely to stabilize until current player contracts have expired. This summer the team announced plans to build a new 22,000 seat stadium. Source: Bedford Today
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