April 30 – West Ham United have agreed to partner the blockchain-based fan engagement platform Socios.com. They are the first Premier League club to sign with Socios and join European clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus on the platform.
April 30 – English top-flight women’s club Manchester City have renewed their partnership with Pioneer Group, an audio visual provider offering digital stadium solutions. No value was given for the deal.
By Paul Nicholson
April 26 – The deepening discontent between La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has been further highlighted by LaLiga’s unequivocal rejection of RFEF president Luis Rubiales’ plan to reinvent the Spanish Supercup as a four-team competition, potentially in Saudi Arabia.
April 25 – One of Italian football’s most faithful and long term partners, Telecom Italia, has picked up what is probably the shortest ever title sponsorship for a premier national football competition.
April 25 – LaLiga, in co-operation with Denmark’s RettighedsAlliancen, scored a major victory in the battle against broadcast pirate with a Danish court ruling that sites offering illegal streams of live sport should be blocked.
April 25 – Barcelona have continued their push to capture Chinese hearts and minds via a partnership with the WE Red Bridge communications agency who have been brought in to develop the club’s Chinese growth strategy.
April 24 – The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has unveiled plans for the Spanish Super Cup to be staged in Saudi Arabia from January 2020 for six editions.
April 24 – Premier League Liverpool and Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund will both be in the US for pre-season but neither will be playing in the International Champions Cup (ICC) that has become the Summer warm-up fiesta for Europe’s big clubs.
April 18 – Mediaset are on the verge of wrestling the free-to-air rights for the Champions League from Italian state broadcaster RAI in a two-year deal with Sky Italia.
April 15 – LaLiga has extended its virtual perimeter and virtual goal-side advertising deal with the UK’s Interregional Sports Group (ISG). The deal was concluded via LaLiga’s media agency MediaPro.
April 16 – Puma will become LaLiga’s official technical partner from the start of the 2019/20 season, and will supply the official match ball for all matches in LaLiga Santander and La Liga 1|2|3.
By Paul Nicholson
April 16 – The animosity between the Spanish FA (RFEF) and LaLiga has found a new broadcast battleground to play out.
April 12 – Manchester City have extended their global partnership with recruiter Hays until 2023. Hays will keep its Official Recruitment Partner designation.
April 12 – Liverpool has announced a regional partnership fiocussed primarily on South East Asia with food group, NH Foods Ltd.
April 10 – Research by GfK, commissioned by LaLiga, has found football as the favourite sport in China and Indonesia and the second favourite sport in India after cricket.