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John Textor is looking to increase his 40% stake in Crystal Palace FC, according to reports. He bought his initial stake in the south London club for around £87.5m in 2021 and became Eagles manager and fourth partner.
The opportunity may soon arise for Textor, with two of Palace’s co-owners, David Blitzer and Josh Harris, reportedly interested in selling their shares. The latter is part of a Chelsea FC candidate consortium that includes businessman Vivek Ranadive and former Liverpool FC chairman Martin Broughton..
Manchester City is collaborating with FaZe Clan, the lifestyle, gaming, media platform, by launching a pop-up merchandise event in Manchester, featuring some of FaZe Clan’s most popular members and Manchester City talent .
The event will take place in City Square at the Etihad Stadium and will open from 2pm on April 9. It will feature a range of game activations, giveaways, encounters and more.
Broadcasters will show every game of the 2022 Six Nations Women’s Rugby Union Championship in participating countries for the first time, as part of a wider effort to boost the profile and coverage of the women’s tournament.
Coverage will begin this season with the current list of broadcast partners who have all committed to showing all games on their television or digital platforms. This includes France Télévisions, the BBC and S4C in the UK, RTE and Virgin Media TV in Ireland, and Sky Italia.
British esports brand Fnatic has confirmed four new senior recruits to meet demand for business opportunities and capitalize on digital growth.
Craig Edmondson, previously Head of Marketing and Commerce for the Premier League and CEO Esports at Zwift, is joining as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Nicola Packer joins as General Counsel after her tenure at EXTREME. Laura Ashworth-Cape joins as head of legal after four years as legal adviser at Arsenal FC and Joshua Brill, previously head of creative and commerce at Viacom CBS, joins as head of marketing.
Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and Worley, the global engineering society, have come together to form a new partnership to promote and deliver an educational program that combines science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM).
The program will include school-based STEAM projects, events at the Trust’s new social, education and health centre, career workshops and a STEAM summer school. As an Official STEAM Partner, the Worley brand will also be visible at the Brentford Community Stadium, with LED perimeter panels providing global exposure during first team matches.
Independent global brand agency Dragon Rouge has appointed former Southampton FC brand and content director Luke Nicholson as it seeks to further develop its growing reputation and relationships in the sporting arena.
The move reflects Dragon Rouge’s firm intention to build on its already strong portfolio of sports and entertainment brands, having previously worked with brands such as PSG, Roland Garros, Genius Sports and Maikai. He is also currently working with two Premier League clubs.