Newcastle to sign Michael Dell?

The start of the English Premier League is usually accompanied by some fairly outlandish rumours and wild stories about transfers, deals and new signings, but this one caught my eye - Michael Dell is apparently talking to Newcastle United about something, according to the Daily Telegraph (via the Register).

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By  Mark Sutton Published  August 15, 2008

The start of the English Premier League is usually accompanied by some fairly outlandish rumours and wild stories about transfers, deals and new signings, but this one caught my eye - Michael Dell is apparently talking to Newcastle United about something, according to the Daily Telegraph (via the Register).

While a buy-out of the club seems highly unlikely - has Michael Dell ever mentioned an interest in football? - a sponsorship deal might well fit with Dell's ongoing campaign to push into more consumer-oriented products.

Of course, sports sponsorships among the IT industry are nothing new

Toshiba, Sharp, JVC, Avaya and many others have Acer managed to steal Lenovo's thunder by taking Olympic sponsorship from them, and IBM has a long association with Tennis, and at the expensive end of the scale, Acer and Lenovo (again), HP, AMD and Intel among others have all been involved with Formula 1 racing.

Top of the table for the big-boys-toys sponsorship competition though has still got to be Larry Ellison and Oracle. Not content with racing yachts, Oracle also sponsors an aerobatic display team. Nice.

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