eToro to Pay for Major UK Soccer Sponsorship Deal With Bitcoin

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Online investment platform eToro has inked a deal that will see it pay with bitcoin to sponsor teams within the UK’s top soccer league. The Israel-based company said in a press release that, with help from sports marketing agency SportQuake, it has entered new partnerships with seven Premier League football clubs for a range of sponsorship assets, including access to players, digital rights, tickets, LED perimeter boards and interview backdrops. Planned and finalized over six months, the deal sees eToro partner with Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City, and claim it is “the first brand to pay for a Premier League partnership in bitcoin.” Iqbal V. Gandham, eToro’s managing director for the U.K., said: “The blockchain technology that underpins crypto currencies like bitcoin brings transparency, which we believe can improve the experience for everyone who loves the ‘beautiful game’,