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Major League Soccer or Minor League Soccer?

In many ways Major League Soccer in the United States is doing well.   It hopes to expand from 20 to 24 franchises by 2020.  It is appealing to so-called 'millenials' in the 18-32 year old age group who grew up playing soccer and watching the Premier League on television.

'Transformative moment' for Premier League

Premier League clubs have made their first collective profit for 15 years.  Dan Jones, a partner at Deloitte's authoritative Sports Business Group, hailed the news as a 'transformative moment'.  It showed that Premier League could keep a grip on costs while still attracting top players.   He commented, 'You can still afford to compete on talent and still have money left at the bottom line.'

Globalizing through franchise expansion

Globalization has affected football in many ways, not always ways that fans like.   In England today, fans are demonstrating at what they see as excessively high ticket prices at Premier League matches with clubs having made an overall profit for the first time in 15 years.  A global labour market has certainly emerged and there has been foreign direct investment in clubs.

Greg Dyke declares war on Premier League

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has declared war on the Premier League with his proposal for drastic changes to the home grown player rule.   The Premier League relies on searching the world for the best mature talent and enticing players with high wages, even if sometimes expensive mistakes are made.

While saying that he would prefer to proceed by consensus, Dyke has made it clear that he will be prepared to force the changes through.  He has said that he could get Uefa  to change the rules or the Football Association could change the rules.

What happens to Rangers is key for Scottish football

What happens to Rangers is key to the financial salvation of Scottish football argue insolvency experts Begbies Traynor in their latest report on the state of the game.   A five per cent decline in attendances can largely be attributed to the boycott of Rangers.

Walsall benefit financially from Wembley outing

Despite the disappointment of losing at Wembley, Walsall stand to make a substantial financial gain from their participation in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Often derided as the paint drying trophy, they will make £500,000 from their share of the receipts, plus £69,000 in prize money.   Then one can add on revenue from earlier rounds, merchandise sales and television money.

Rangers board shore up defences against Ashley

The new directors at Rangers have made loans of £1.5m to the club to keep it afloat while they seek longer-term finance.   This means that they will not have to take the second tranche of a loan of £10m from Mike Ashley which would enable him to appoint directors to the board.

Sunderland benefit from television deal

The latest accounts from Sunderland AFC for the 2013-14 financial year show the benefits a smaller club derives from the Premier League television deal.   Broadcasting revenue, up from £44.9m to £71.8m was over five times gate revenue at £13.7m up from £12m.

Leeds chief operating officer quits

The chief operating officer at Leeds United, Matt Child, has left the club.   The lifelong fan only took up the role in December and was running the club while owner Massimo Cellino was serving his ban from the Football League.

Russian World Cup stadium behind schedule

There is nothing unusual in new sports stadiums behind schedule and over budget.   However, the Zenit Arena which is being built in St. Petersburg for the 2018 World Cup in Russia appears to be in a class of its own.  It is seven years behind schedule and the cost is likely to be at least €1bn compared with an original estimate of €190m.