Premiership Rugby side London Irish Owner Mick Crossan "responded to claims" that the club accepted a £3.5M ($4.8M) buyout deal, according to the IRISH POST. Crossan, who also serves as club president, "reaffirmed his long-term commitment to the Exiles," but said that the club "had been speaking to a number of investors." The Irishman made the statement after a report appeared in the London Telegraph claiming a consortium of five businessmen -- three of whom are based in Ireland -- made the multi-million pound offer, which had been formally discussed in a solicitor's office in London last week. The £3.5M takeover offer was reportedly "made before Christmas and was awaiting a response from the London Irish board." In its latest statement, London Irish said that it "would only entertain working with investors that offer long-term security." Crossan: "I am aware of the approach discussed in a recent article in The Telegraph and can confirm that we have not accepted any offers of investment to date" (IRISH POST, 1/16).
Tottenham is in talks with Overwatch team London Spitfire "over a future partnership." Spurs execs "have been looking into other brand link-ups for the future." Spitfire President Dan Fiden said, "I will tell you that we have not made a partnership with anyone yet. We have had conversations with a number of teams, Tottenham is one of them" (THE SUN, 1/16).
Chelsea launched a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of anti-Semitism among its players, fans and staff. Set to launch ahead of its game against Bournemouth on Jan. 31, the initiative "is part of the club’s on-going inclusion work" through the Chelsea Foundation’s Building Bridges campaign (JEWISH NEWS, 1/16).
Data analytics firm Peak announced it is working with Arsenal as part of the club’s new innovation program. The Arsenal Innovation Lab will see Manchester-based Peak and five other startups help the club identify new opportunities and develop groundbreaking fan experiences (BDAILY, 1/16).