Melco Resorts and Entertainment has signed an agreement with City Football Group (CFG) following which the gambling operator will now become the official partner of two football clubs under CFG’s administration – England’s Premiere League Champions Manchester City and Japan’s Yokohama Marinos.
As a part of the deal, Melco will be working with the two clubs and is planning to host a series of events throughout Japan.
City Football Group’s senior vice president of partnerships, Damian Willoughby, said: “We are delighted to welcome Melco into the City Football Group family. Melco and Manchester City share a common approach to have entertainment at the heart of everything we do, providing great experiences for our fans and visitors.”
Yokohama Marinos president, Ryoji Kurosaw, commented: “It is a great pleasure to establish a new top-partnership between Melco Resorts and Entertainment Japan, City Football Group, and Yokohama F Marinos. We appreciate this opportunity from the bottom of our hearts.
Melco Resorts and Entertainment provides one of the best leisure and entertainment in the world, and I believe that one of our club philosophies, to create joy and excitement shares the same value with Melco’s business.”
Melco is eyeing at a Japanese IR License. It has already applied for a casino license in the Osaka prefecture.
Recently the powers of Casino Administration Committee were announced. The committee will be monitoring the licensing process and the country’s gambling industry. However, the members of the committee are yet to be nominated.