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I chuckled when I saw that at least three British politicians took a pounding in the media recently for trying to cash in on the current buzz surrounding Leicester City FC’s shock Premier League title win. The message is clear: if you’re a high profile brand (whether an MP, business chief or company) stay away from football and topics that people feel passionately about, unless you can be 100% authentic.

As a PR agency professiWhat football an teach PR peopleonal and a football fan, I’m always interested in the PR tactics of the big Premier League footie teams. So I was reflecting today on how Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and the club’s PR team deliberately delayed the announcement of a long term striker injury this week in order to protect their negotiating position as they sought to bring in a replacement during the summer transfer window.