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New prime time deal for Football League

The Football League has signed a new three seasons deal for its highlights programme with Channel 5. The 90-minute programme, showing every single goal, will go out at 9 p.m. before the BBC's Match of the Day covering the Premier League.

An old lesson learned again

It's said that one of the easiest ways to make a small fortune is to start with a large one and buy an English football club.  It looks as if the latest person to learn that lesson is American auto parts millionaire and NFL team owner Shahid Khan.

Fulham might have looked like a good buy when he purchased them and if they had stayed in the Premier League they might well have been.   Former owner Mohammed Fayed pumped £218m into the club to enable it to punch beyond its weight.  

Cherries came close to collapse

Among the celebrations of Bournemouth's winning the Championship title and securing promotion to the Premiership, it is easy to forget the difficulties that the club faced before the takeover by Russian owner Maxim Demin.

In 1997 the club was on the brink financially.   Lloyds Bank had extended the debt, which amounted to £2.5m.   The total debt was £4.4m, the club struggled to attract more than a few thousand fans to games, and could not pay the players.   In December 1996, the chairman quit and five other directors followed.

New style television deal in Spain

Legislation has created a new form of arrangement for the sale of football television rights in Spain frm 2016.   At present clubs negotiate individual deals which has meant that a disproportionate share of revenue has gone to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Premiership finances summarised

The Guardian has produced a very useful and detailed summary of the finances of Premier League clubs with sources of income broken down by category.   The figures are accompanied by a pithy and pertinent commentary on each club.

The Emirates FA Cup?

The Football Association have denied that a deal has been reached with Emirates Airlines to sponsor the FA Cup, but it is looking increasing likely.  A mouth watering £30m over three seasons is on the table.   The FA failed to find a sponsor this season after the expiry of a deal with Budweiser.

Footballers dominate sports rich list

Fourteen of the twenty names on this year's Sunday Times sports rich list are footballers, although Lewis Hamilton comes first and Andy Murray third.

Wayne Rooney is the leading footballer in second place with an estimated wealth of £72m and there is then a gap to sixth place occupied by Sergio Aguero and David Silva on £26m.   The fortunes of six Manchester City players add up to £110m.

Baggies takeover nearer

The prospect of a takeover at West Bromwich Albion has grown nearer after interested parties from the Far East and the United States entered due diligence. Given that the club showed a good profit in its last financial year, there shouldn't be any skeletons in the cupboard to hold things up.

Are Bournemouth true underdogs?

No one can underestimate what Bournemouth have achieved in winning promotion to the Premier League.  They can only be denied by a 19-0 defeat at Charlton on Saturday and in truth that is going to be a promotion party for their fans with the Addicks making the Upper West stand available to them in addition to the away end.

The future of North Ferriby United

The following statement has been issued by North Ferriby United: 'The last two years have seen an injection of over a quarter of a million pounds into North Ferriby United. This has undoubtedly led to the recent success that all involved in the club have enjoyed and experienced.'