Chelsea and Mickey Mouse

Disney setIn this article in the (London) Times, Chelsea explain how Mickey Mouse will help them conquer the world.

Officially becoming a Mickey Mouse team has furthered Chelsea’s ambition to be recognised as the world’s No 1 football club by the year 2014. They preceded last night’s opening preseason fixture, in the newly concocted Disney Friendship Cup against Club America, by announcing a four-year tie-up with the owners of the big-eared rodent and other cartoon chums.

Intent on expanding their fan base in North America, Chelsea now have a unique status as the “official professional soccer club” of the Walt Disney Company. The plan is for them to have a “significant presence” at both the entertainment conglomerate’s youth football programme and its Florida-based sports theme park, giving them access to a new generation of football fans on the continent while tapping into Disney’s immense marketing and distribution network.

“The partnership is ground breaking,” said Chelsea director Paul Smith. “Disney have penetration and a reach to a market that is really targeted at that young fan. A lot of people in our sector have eyed Disney as being in some way a target but we’ve been able to make that first step.”

The tentacles of this can be seen in the U.S. this week: Chelsea will play the MLS allstars LA Galaxy in a game to be televised live on ESPN, the Disney-owned hegemonic American sports network. But do Chelsea really have any chance of becoming the world’s top football club in terms of fanbase? It takes more than just branding and trophies…Right?

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  2. Mickey Mouse Pictures

    Intent on expanding their fan base in North America, Chelsea now have a unique status as the “official professional soccer club” of the Walt Disney Company. The plan is for them to have a “significant presence” at both the entertainment conglomerate’s youth football programme and its Florida-based sports theme park, giving them access to a new generation of football fans on the continent while tapping into Disney’s immense marketing and distribution network.

  3. Cartoon Pictures

    The tentacles of this can be seen in the U.S. this week: Chelsea will play the MLS allstars LA Galaxy in a game to be televised live on ESPN, the Disney-owned hegemonic American sports network. But do Chelsea really have any chance of becoming the world’s top football club in terms of fanbase? It takes more than just branding and trophies…Right?

  4. Cartoon Pictures

    My daughter didn’t need spinning teacups. She didn’t need an embroidered cap. She didn’t need some sweaty teenager in a Pluto costume. She didn’t need me to spend a hundred bucks and half the day of driving.