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SBD Global/November 13, 2013/Franchises
Hull City Has $44M Loss In Year Of EPL Promotion; Name Change Challenged
Published November 13, 2013
CATCH A TIGER: The BBC reported Allam "has confirmed his long-term intention" to rename the club Hull Tigers. Any plans to alter the club name "would need to be ratified" by the FA. Allam said that he "has to find other income streams for the club as the KC Stadium is owned by the council." The 74-year-old believes a ''Tigers'' brand would be more marketable, having previously said he considers the word 'City' to be "lousy" and "common" (BBC, 11/12). REUTERS' Mike Collett reported angry Hull City fans are hoping that the FA "will block any attempt" by Allam "to change the name of the 109-year-old club to Hull Tigers." Hull fans' group City Til We Die hope said in a statement on its website, "Our group has already had extensive contact with key figures at the FA, and we anticipate they will take a dim view... of this announcement. We remain puzzled that Dr Allam cannot distinguish between the name of his holding company and the football name of the club he owns. Let us be clear - Dr Allam cannot change the football name of the club without approval of the FA, who in turn require consultation with fans" (REUTERS, 11/12).