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FA Cup


The magic of the Cup?

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is upset that tomorrow's FA Cup Final with Manchester City may be overshadowed by what could be a title deciding match for Manchester United.   This year's date was affected by the fact that Uefa insisted that no matches should be played at Wembley for 14 days before the Champions League final on May 28th.

Search for FA Cup sponsors

The Football Association are looking for new sponsors for the FA Cup and it isn't proving all that easy which is not that surprising when you consider the state of the economy.   Companies dealing with the individual consumer are most likely to be interested, but consumer confidence is flat as incomes are squeezed.

Fancy a job at the FA?

The Football Association has advertised the post of Group Finance Controller.  On offer is a six figure salary plus benefits which is no doubt the going rate for a job that requires ACA qualification and considerable management expertise in an organisation with an annual turnover of £300m.

FA hits sponsorship problems

The Football Association, which has never fully recovered from the collapse of Setanta, has hit new sponsorship problems.   Admittedly, National Express is a second tier sponsor and parts of the deal may yet be salvaged.  However, they did not think that the deal represented good value for money, although there had been a change of personnel at the top of the firm since the original agreement was signed.

Mixed views about Cardiff's prospects

Cardiff City FC may have been beaten 4-1 by Chelsea yesterday but they should collect £500,000 from their outing which is of great benefit to a club in financial trouble.  Chairman Peter Ridsdale insists that there is no threat to the club.   The pro-Ridsdale camp emphasise his achievements in cutting an inherited debt of £32m owed by previous owner Sam Hammam; a leap in average gates to 21,000; a new £50m stadium; an FA Cup Final appearance in 2008 and a team that is in contention for a play-off place and promotion to the Premiership.

Fading FA Cup faces revamp

Falling attendances and weakened teams are leading to consideration to being given to a range of initiatives to revamp the competition.   Read more here:

Staging matches midweek would probably depress attendances rather than enhance them and it is doubtful whether experiments with new technology, useful though they might be, would bring in the fans.

English FA Cup Prize Money - 2003-04 vs 2009-10

English FA Cup Prize Money by round - Season 2003/04 vs Season 2009/10. A good Cup run can also significantly boost clubs' income with television appearances - up to a quarter of a million pounds for a televised match for the quarter-final and beyond.

RADIO FEES (BBC 5live)(each club)
Full Match (90 mins) £8,100
Half Match (45 mins) £4,050
Quarter Match (24 mins) £2,025

FA Cup Deal Agreed With ESPN

The FA has agreed a four year television deal with ESPN to broadcast FA Cup ties as the Walt Disney owned broadcaster strengthens its position in the British market. The new contract, which is worth £70m, will run from the next summer to the end of the 2103-14 season and will sit alongside the existing deal held by ITV until 2012. The new contract will fill the void left by the collapse of the British arm of Setanta in June, one year into a four year deal worth £150m, over twice the size of the new arrangement.

176,000 Log On To Watch Oldham vs Leeds

The FA Cup First Round tie between Oldham Athletic and Leeds United, streamed exclusively live on, achieved an audience 176,000. The Football Association are claiming this as a UK record for a free-to-view competitive football match on the internet. The FA's technical partner in the FATV project is digital sports specialist Perform Group. Oliver Slipper, Perform's joint-CEO, has said that the match ranked as one of the top five live web sports events in UK history.

BBC Overpaid For FA Cup Matches

The money of licence fee payers was at risk of being wasted when the BBC paid more than £1m to broadcast FA Cup matches on Radio 5Live, the Corporation's regulator has ruled. Responding to a complaint from TalkSPORT, 5 Live's commercial rival, the BBC Trust said that the corporation had not ensured with 'sufficient rigour' that the amount it had bid 'represented value for money'. The BBC controls the radio broadcast rights to all FA Cup matches until 2012, as part of a four year agreement with the Football Association.