Mike Tyson's Business Partner Confirms Talks For Nou Camp Naming Rights
Mike Tyson's business partner Alki David claims he is in talks for a record breaking deal to buy the naming rights for the Camp Nou.
Barcelona announced last week that for the first time in their history the club would be selling the naming rights to their iconic stadium, with the money going to a charity in the current fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
Now there's a potential name for the stadium already with British billionaire Alki David, who owns a CBD business with Tyson, claiming he's already in talks with the La Liga side.
"This is an opportunity that I am bullish about. It is an historic moment in the history of sport and it fits well with my current plans," the Nigerian born businessman told the Daily Mail.
"Contact was opened at the start of the week and I am quietly confident the deal will be secured."
Comparing it with the money spent on naming Premier League football grounds the 51-year-old also hinted he'd be paying more than £25 million for the rights, adding, "Manchester City got just over £18 million for their annual rights, Spurs are now seeking £25 million, but Barcelona are on a different level.
"This deal with the Nou Camp is another way to help. It is full of all the energy that Barcelona stands for. My health company has been working hard with top virologists, including the UK's Dr Dorothy Bray, to look at any way we can hit this virus.
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"Both of my companies make sense for the Nou Camp name because of our association with sports. FilmOn TV has a vast array of sports channels running 24/7 despite the sports lockdown, while Swissx, my health company, has already planned the Swissx Games in Gstaad - and now we're set to announce the Swissx eFoil Cup in Malibu.
"Swissx Nou Camp has a nice ring to it. That is my preferred choice at the moment."
David and former heavyweight boxer Tyson own a CBD oil company together and the Brit recently flew a £1.3 million cargo of hemp plants to St Kitts with him.
Barca traditionally never had a shirt sponsor until 2006 when they donated the front of their shirt to UNICEF, giving the charity $1.5 million-a-year.
However in 2011 they changed the sponsor to Qatar Foundation and two years later were sponsored by Qatar Airways.
The initial term for the stadium naming rights is just for the 2020/21 season, whenever that starts, but it wouldn't be a surprise if a similar pattern happens to the shirt sponsor.
Get used to calling Barca's home the Swissx Nou Camp.
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