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FA Cup


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.

Setanta Fighting to Survive

Sports broadcaster Setanta is fighting for its life as a new management team holds urgent talks to raise cash and slash the amount it pays for sports rights. The company, which has 1.2m customers and broadcasts Premiership and England international football, faces an uncertain future unless it can raise up to £100m this month from shareholders including private equity firms Doughty Hanson and Balderton Capital. Accountants at Deloitte could be appointed as administrators if negotiations fail.

Team Bath Quit

The college sports team is a standard feature of American life and is particularly important in sports such as American football and basketball. So it was no surprise that when an American vice-chancellor arrived at Bath University, he decided to set up a soccer team called Team Bath. Originally they played on the campus but more recently they have played at Bath City's ground at Twerton Park. They are currently mid-table in the Conference South but have decided to resign at the end of the season and return to university football.