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New bidder for Premiership matches

Bids for Premier League domestic broadcast rights have to be submitted by the end of next week for the blind auction. A potential new bidder has emerged in the form of the Discovery channel which has held talks with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

Discovery is best known for nature documentaries, but it now controls the Eurosport channels and wants to break into Premier League football. This could lead to even more inflation in the cost from £3bn for the last three year deal to around £4bn this time.

The travails of Lens

RC Lens are facing difficult times.  Such are their problems that they could be expelled from the professional leagues altogether.

Last season they were denied promotion from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1 because of financial irregularities.  The decision was overturned on appeal, but they are having to deal with Ligue 1 with a squad assembled for Ligue 2.   They are also having to play away from their stadium while it is renovated for Euro 2016.

A roller coaster ride at Leeds

This article reviews the roller coaster ride that has characterised Massimo Cellino's tenure at Leeds United.   It concedes that Cellino has done some good things for the club.   One also has to assess his period at the helm in the light of the regimes that preceded him and the damage they did to the club.  Few clubs have been so unfortunate in their owners.

American takeover at Bradford PA

One time Football League club Bradford Park Avenue are the latest Conference club to experience an American takeover.   Barrow and Alfreton Town already have investors from the US.

Rochdale AFC a model of prudent financing

Rochdale AFC are the last team to have a chance to pull off a giant killing feat in the fourth round of the FA Cup as they face Stoke tonight.    Manager Keith Hill thinks they have not been given enough credit for the prudent way in which they manage their finances.

Bradford cash boost from cup run

Even before yesterday's spectacular victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Bradford City had already benefitted from their cup run to the tune of £1m.  That has wiped out this year's deficit, part of which they had hoped to come from a sell on fee had Tom Cleverly's move to Aston Villa had been made permanent.

Big payday for Cambridge United

Cambridge United could look forward to a big boost to their revenues even if they had lost last night's FA Cup game against Manchester United.   Fans who wanted a ticket in the just under 8,000 capacity stadium were obliged to buy a half year season ticket if they were not already season ticket holders.

Players face big tax demands

More than 100 football players are facing big tax demands from HM Revenue and Customs to pay back tax reliefs which the tax authorities claim constituted a form of tax avoidance.   Not all the players were big earners and some face bankruptcy or losing their homes.

Lease offered on Edgar Street

Herefordshire Council has said that it is prepared to offer a two year lease on Hereford United's old ground at Edgar Street.   The Hereford United Supporters' Trust is disappointed that it is only two years, although the council is prepared to extend it.

The Supporters' Trust are setting up a phoenix club to be called Hereford FC.   However, according to BBC Midlands, two other parties are also interested in taking out a lease.

Sisu suffer setbacks in the courts

Coventry City's owners Sisu have suffered further setbacks in their battle in the courts over the Ricoh Arena.   Their appeal against a refusal of a judicial review of a loan by Coventry City Council to the stadium's operators, Arena Coventry Limited, has been rejected and, what is more, the judge ticked off their laywers over the nature of their application.