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Glazers sell more shares

The Glazers are to sell 5 per cent of their holding in Manchester United which should raise them $150m. A road show to sell the Class A shares will start next week.   They sold a tranche of 10 per cent in 2012.

It's the Vanarama Conference

The Football Conference have announced Vanarama as title sponsor for the 2014/15 season.  The partnership was launched today in the presence of member clubs and will see the commercial vehicle specialists take the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the three divisions in 2014/15.

Debt free status avoids fire sale

When a club becomes debt free, as Dundee United now are, it can help to avoid fire sales of players. This means they do not have to be let go below their market value to boost cash flow.   They can also be retained longer, contributing to playing success and enhancing their value.

Make your mind up time for pub landlords

With the start of the new Premier League season, three weeks away pub companies and landlords must decide whether to renew their Sky and BT subscriptions.

However, there is a growing focus on the eating out market and it seems that many landlords and pub groups regard screening live sport not just as increasingly expensive but a hindrance to attracting their target audiences of 40-somethings, females and families.  

Financial fair play affects transfer decisions

Financial fair play is starting to have an effect on the transfer strategies of Championship sides, as the example of Wolves shows.   Clubs are likely to offload players on big salaries, £20k a week in this case, although that is not big by Premiership standards.

Shirt sponsor deals increase in value

Shirt sponsorship deals in the Premier League have increased to a record £191m in 2014-15.  For example, Hull City recently concluded a deal with 12BETuk which is worth a seven figure sum and is the largest in the club's history.

However, only six clubs have deals worth more than £10m and the other fourteen clubs have raised a combined sum that is less than that of Manchester United.   Placed in the context of overall Premier Legaue revenues, the global sum is a relatively small one, although still a valuable source of revenue.

Van Gaal questions United's commercial size

New Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has suggested that 'Maybe it is too big a club - not only in a sporting sense, but also commercially.  We have to do a lot of things that, normally, I don't allow.'

Labour to 'get tough' with Premier League

In a policy statement on sport the Labour Party has promised that it will 'get tough' with the Premier League and impose a 'proper levy' on the competition to boost grassroots football.

This is good populist stuff in the run up to a general election and will no doubt go down well with many fans, especially those that support non-league clubs.   Others might see it as evidence of the 'tall poppy' syndrome.

Liverpool and United top TV table

Manchester United and Liverpool are the two clubs that attract the largest number of viewers at home reports Sporting Intelligence in a blog post that contains a lot of fascinating information.   In the couch potato stakes, Manchester United matches attract an average of 1.4 million viewers and those of Liverpool 1.31m.   No other team gets above 1.2 million.

Doncaster Rovers takeover fails

The takeover bid by One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan for Doncaster Rovers has failed.   The associated crowdfunding inititaive raised only about half the money required.   The Football League has told the pair that they would not meet its 'fit and proper person' test.