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Premier League to end relegation?

There has been renewed speculation about the possibility of the Barclays Premier League ending promotion and relegation on the American model.   This latest bout of speculation has been inspired by the impending takeover of Everton which, it is suggested, could mean that there would be the necessary fourteen clubs to vote through change.

With the increasing broadcasting revenues, a number of clubs are taking the view that relegation is no longer affordable.

New clamp down on streaming

Premier League officials are in talks with cyber-security companies in an effort to stop fans watching their matches on illegal online streams.

In recent years, the number of fans using the internet to stream games shown live by foreign broadcasters has risen sharply.   Some of the most popular broadcasters are in Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

Everton deal moves closer

With due diligence undertaken, a £200m takeover of Everton could be completed in the next few weeks.  It is understood that the pace of talks has picked up.   Two China-based investors are also interested, but they have made much less progress.

The club has emphasised that the construction of a new stadium nearby in Walton Hall Park will depend as much on a partnership with the city council as outside investment.

Liverpool discuss ticket price structure

Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and senior officials at Liverpool discussed the club's controversial new ticket pricing structure after around 25 per cent of fans walked out in the 77th minute of the game against Sunderland.

FSG were apparently surprisd by the size of the protest and disappointed by accusations of avarice.  They felt they had covered the issues raised during the consultation period.  However, more prices have gone up than come down.

Stadium move for Torquay?

Torquay United are considering a move to an out of town stadium after the local council confirmed that Plainmoor was needed for housing.   Talks are taking place with an American firm that would see the company pay for a new 6,000 capacity home in exchange for the land.

Torquay were on the brink of closure last summer and are currently in the relegation positions in the National League.

United strike deal with film company

Manchester United have struck the first deal between a football club and a film company.   Major films from 20th Century Fox will be advertised in Premier League matches and in post-match interview backdrops.

Premier League games are broadcast to 730 million homes each week with Manchester United accounting for more than half of the league's global TV audience.   During the 2013-14 season the club's biggest match was watched by 82 million people, and it has estimated that its global audience for the season was 3 billion.

Rangers ends joint venture with Sports Direct

Rangers is ending its joint venture with Sports Direct having seen off a legal challenge from the chain. Rangers gets just 4p in the pound from merchandise sold from the deal.  Unfortunately, there is a seven year notice period so disentangling from it may not be easy.

Magpies take a risk

Newcastle United were the biggest spenders in the Barclays Premier League last month, investing £28.5m on three new players.   They appear to have taking a calculated risk that the signings will move them up the table.   Not only are they paying high wages, they have not protected themselves financially in the event that they go down.

Transfer spending goes through £1 billion barrier

Premier League clubs spent £175m in the January 2016 transfer window, according to analysis by Deloitte, the business advisory firm. This brings the total gross spending by Premier League clubs for the 2015/16 season to over £1 billion, a new record. This surpasses the previous season record of £965m, set last season.

Liverpool fans disappointed by new ticket pricing structure

Liverpool fans are disappointed by a new ticket pricing structure at the club.  As well as the outcome, fan groups are dissatisfied with the process by which the decision was taken.   They consider that there was insufficient consultation with fans over a decision taken in Boston.