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Manchester United and TeamViewer partnership drives unique opportunities

A five-year agreement between Manchester United and TeamViewer brings one of the world’s most popular and successful sports teams with one of Europe’s fastest-growing software companies. 

The collaboration sees the two organisations join forces from the 2021/22 season, where TeamViewer has recently been unveiled as the new principal shirt partner for the Red Devils.

With TeamViewer presented on the front of Manchester United’s shirt, it will capitalise on the English Premier League club’s global audience to share TeamViewer’s qualities and features towards connecting the world virtually. It brings greater awareness of how they can be of use to any organisation seeking improved collaboration software. 

Manchester United boast 1.1 billion fans and followers around the world, who will now be introduced to new technology related to TeamViewer’s expertise at providing remote connectivity services.  

TeamViewer have all bases covered for getting supporters of Manchester United closer to the action, focusing on three key areas – fans, football and business. 

Fan: 

  • Virtual stadium experiences. 
  • Unique behind-the-scenes content. 
  • Augmented Reality (AR) at Old Trafford and at home. 
  • Enhanced museum experiences. 

Football: 

  • Enhanced training and performance through AR. 
  • Remote access to players for scheduling and training. 
  • Remote access and AR for medical examinations. 
  • Enabled scouts through remote access technology. 

Business: 

  • Enhanced accessibility and IT support for offices. 
  • Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for stadium controls to optimize safety and security. 
  • Upgraded sustainability at the stadium and all club locations through remote work and IoT solutions. 

Similarly to Manchester United, TeamViewer are a widely known platform who are based in Germany – they have been installed on over 2.5 billion devices, have nearly 600,000 subscribers, and operates in almost every country. TeamViewer matches Manchester United’s ambition for growth, where their technology addresses the barriers for people and businesses to achieve what they thought could not be possible. TeamViewer is the ideal fit in a football club setting, where they can collaborate with a global community and an array of culture. 

A new Thought Leadership series saw Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speak for the first time with TeamViewer CEO Oliver Steil to discuss the essence of what makes a great team, how Manchester United and TeamViewer will drive technological advancement, and how to foster a culture of diversity and inclusivity. The TeamViewer meeting highlights the values that both parties share, ensuring that Manchester United supporters will have more access to their club than ever before.

TeamViewer CEO Oliver Steil: 

“We are very excited to see our brand on the front of the most iconic shirt in global sports. The partnership with Manchester United is a key pillar to further shape TeamViewer’s perception as a global tech brand.”

“We will support the club in its digitalization efforts and show these use cases to all our users and customers worldwide. This will reinforce the breadth of our solutions portfolio and explain how we are creating a world that works better. We can’t wait for the new season to begin and to see the team in action in their new shirt at the legendary Theatre of Dreams.” 

Group Managing Director and Director of Manchester United, Richard Arnold: 

“The launch of our new home kit is an exciting moment before the start of every season and especially so this year as we welcome TeamViewer as our new principal shirt partner.”

“While the shirt will be the most visible symbol of our partnership, we are looking forward to using TeamViewer’s technology to drive digitalization of the club and open new ways for us to connect with our fans. This will bring huge benefits to both of our organisations and, most importantly, to our fans around the world.” 

Liam Watson is a Senior Journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on international football policy, industry matters and industry 4.0

La Liga becomes first major league to sign a significant NFT partnership: Will other competitions follow?

La Liga has become the first major league to sign a major non-fungible token (NFT) partnership, in what has created a significant new revenue stream for the competition.

The Spanish competition has struck a deal with Sorare, a fantasy football platform, and in turn will launch NFT’s for all of the league’s players.

Sorare is a marketplace to trade digital cards from more than 180 football clubs, with over 500,000 users signed up on the platform.

Through this partnership La Liga fans, collectors and fantasy football players will be able to freely trade and play with digital cards of players from the league.

Sorare has strong ambitions for the future after securing their agreement with La Liga, with the company planning to partner with all of the world’s top 20 football leagues by the end of next year.

The deal with La Liga covers both the first and second divisions in Spain and highlights the global interest in the ever-growing NFT card space, which has garnered close to $130 million in card sales this year.

Javier Tebas, President of La Liga, explained further about their partnership with Sorare to the La Liga Newsletter: “At La Liga we are always looking for innovative ways to offer our fans new and exciting experiences and to broaden the appeal of our competition, the greatest in the world. This partnership with Sorare, the most exciting sports NFT projects today, enables us to reach new audiences globally and gives existing fans additional ways they can get involved with the players and the clubs they love.”

Nicolas Julia, CEO and co-founder of Sorare told the La Liga Newsletter: “NFTs are the future of gIobaI sports fandom because they allow fans to come together and to feel ownership of the sports they love. This partnership isn’t just a sign of Sorare’s growing leadership in the NFT sports space, it is a major signal of intent by the sporting world that it sees Sorare’s unique ability to connect fans with sports through NFTs as a crucial part of their plans for the future.”

“La Liga is one of the best leagues in the world, home to some of the most exciting clubs and footballers on earth. We are very proud that they have become our first ever league partnership, and we are looking forward to working together in the years ahead,” Julia added.

Sorare cards are NFTs, which means each of those cards are unique, scarce and its ownership able to be publicly verifiable via the blockchain. The company’s combination of NFT technology with sports cards and a fantasy game is the leading next-gen offering within the world game. Through the collecting, owning and trading of these rare digital collectibles, Sorare has created an experience where users can own their game, build connections in the real world and control their assets in a secure, safe place.

The next generation gaming experience will help La Liga and its teams expand their international brands, reaching fans and new types of audiences, including crypto-enthusiasts across the US and Asia.

This partnership means Sorare now has the majority of the top 100 football clubs in the world under license, including powerhouses such as Liverpool FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC and Juventus FC.

Despite these individual clubs signing up, the other 4 major leagues have not entered a NFT partnership.

With a new digital football hub set to be implemented by the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) in the coming months, gaming competitions such as fantasy football, are most likely set to return for fans of the A-Leagues.

A partnership with a platform such as Sorare, will be extremely beneficial for the local professional game.

Utilising NFT trading cards for A-League football players across fantasy football will be unique and fit in with their ongoing plans for digital innovation across the domestic competitions.

Alongside this, it is a revenue stream for the APL which looks to connect the younger generation to the game and reap similar rewards to what has previously been implemented across the E-League.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infront X creates the ideal fan experience for leading clubs 

With popular football clubs among their extensive client list, Infront X presents as the perfect partner for anyone in the sports industry looking to improve their fan experience. 

Infront X is a digital media company focused on the link between data science and technology and how this can create more personal experiences for users  growing audiences for content owners, bridging the gap between storytelling and technology and creating digital platforms and experiences to help global brands engage with audiences and monetise their investments. 

Infront X works with many of the biggest names in sports, media, entertainment, and gaming, tailoring to meet their interests using data-driven insights to cater to audience passions and empower businesses to make millions of lasting impressions.  

Infront X has established themselves across the world with offices across North America, Europe, and Asia, where they have had a massive impact in helping elite organisations like the PGA TOUR, Verizon, NASCAR, FOX, Chelsea FC, AS Roma, the International Ski Federation, and the International Basketball Federation, as well as many others. 

Forming part of Infront X’s expertise is the way they have delivered fan experience for sporting organisations. One of their leading projects has been with 2020-21 UEFA Champions League winners, Chelsea FC. 

Launched in 2018, The 5th Stand App connects a global fanbase to their club and community. 

During a long-term partnership, Infront X has worked closely with Chelsea’s digital team to create and implement a data-driven digital product strategy, which brings the very best features together on The 5th Stand. The app is designed to let Chelsea’s global fanbase interact with each other and support the club, even when they cannot be in one of the four stands at Stamford Bridge, particularly key to capturing an international audience. 

The collaboration between Infront X and Chelsea both parties to develop and deliver an innovative digital strategy that focuses on deep fan engagement for a truly interactive interface. Since From the time The 5th Stand was released, it has been downloaded over 6.7 million times, making it the fastest growing football app in the world. A recent survey by Chelsea saw 92% of all fans recognise the importance of having The 5th Stand app. 

Moving across to Italy, Infront X and AS Roma FC form another partnership that is in amongst a multi-year deal. Regarded as one of the most successful clubs in Serie A, Infront X saw another perfect opportunity to help a club that has an incredibly passionate global fanbase.

Ordinally, AS Roma were able to relaunch their flagship website in 2018 thanks to Corebine, powered by Omnigon, in conjunction with Infront X. The introduction of the digital media company to AS Roma’s business strategy and planning identified the needs and requirements for the club, through insights gleaned that saw new monetisation opportunities and holistic recommendations to take the digital experience to the next level. 

Infront X were then able to develop and launch mobile apps to cater for the global community, alongside a revamped and responsive website that comes with a host of different languages. A verstaile platform gives AS Roma fans everything they need with in-match and player statistics, as well as enhanced video capabilities. 

Sporting leagues themselves can even get in on the action, as evidenced with the features that Infront X helped the Scottish Professional League (SPFL) with. 

The SPFL were seeking new ways to keep their fans engaged in a time where the league was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

When league games were cancelled, Infront X found a way to fill a content gap by using a voting system to reach fans and create those interactions. Each week, they had the chance to vote for which archived match would be streamed each week. 

Eventually when matches resumed, a poll allowed fans to vote on ‘Team of the Season’ content and a variety of other campaigns ensured that fan engagement would always remain at a high. 

To see everything that Infront X has to offer across a range of industries, you can find it here. 

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