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Spanish one-two in money league

It's a Spanish one-two in the Deloitte Sports Business Football Money League for 2011.  Real Madrid head the Money League for the sixth siccessive year.    FC Bareclona came second.   Whilst Real held a €40m revenue advantage over Barca in 2009/10, Barca's revenues should exceed €400m in the next edition of the Money League, particularly given the club's new shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar.

Liverpoool owner in for AS Roma

Thomas di Benedetto, part owner of the Boston Red Sox and a partner in the holding company that owns Liverpool FC, is one of a group of American owners hoping to conclude deal to buy AS Roma in the next fortnight.   To the best of my knowledge, this is the first American takeover of a leading Italian club.   The proceeds of the acquisition will be used to pay off €277m of debt owed to UniCredit, Italy's largest bank.

United on track for title

Manchester United are on track to win the Barclays Premier League title.   That's not my view, but is the conclusion reached by the Professional Football Players Observatory (PFPO), a research organisation based in France and Switzerland.

Roma sale still unresolved

In July the Sensi family's majority stake in AS Roma was transferred to the UniCredit bank as part of a debt settlement package.  However, the club has not yet been sold.

Foreign TV rights key to Premiership success

The sale of foreign television rights is increasingly become a key element of the Premiership business model.   The sale of overseas television rights at £479m a year is almost four times as much as the foreign TV cash earned by its closest rival among Europe's top leagues, La Liga.  The Premier League earns more from foreign rights each year than La Liga earns from all its tv rights.

21 clubs barred in Italy on financial grounds

The Italian football federation has taken the drastic step of banning 21 clubs from its competitions next season because of the precarious state of their balance sheets.   Serie B club Ancona has been barred, along with 20 clubs from the Legia Pro. 

AS Roma put up for sale

AS Roma has officially been put up for sale.   As part of a broader deal to settle their debts with the UniCredit bank the Sensi family have transferred their 67 per cent stake in the club to a new company which then be put up for sale by the bank.   Ironically, the chief executive of UniCredit, Alessandro Profumo, is a keen fan of Inter Milan.

AS Roma on the brink

Talks between lawyers on the future of Serie A club AS Roma were suspended late last night and will resume on Thursday.  After a poor start to last season, Roma fought back to finish second behind Inter.  AS Roma ranks twelfth in the Serie A revenue league with income of $146.4m.   They have a fervent following in the capital city, but have had to share the Olympic Stadium, which they do not own, with bitter rivals Lazio.

More problems at Serie A

At one time Serie A was seen as the embodiment of all that was stylish in European football.   But now the Italian competition is perceived to have slipped behind those in England and Spain in terms of its financial success and the regard in which it is held by fans.   There have been a number of reasons for this, including allegations that the game in Italy is not always fair and square.   Once that suspicion is implanted in the minds of fans, they tend to stay away from matches and watch them less on television.

Serie A slips behind

A detailed analysis here of the  way Serie A has slipped behind La Liga and the Premier League.  Among the key factors are the failure to establish an international television audience and poor crowds and gate money.