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New prime time deal for Football League

The Football League has signed a new three seasons deal for its highlights programme with Channel 5. The 90-minute programme, showing every single goal, will go out at 9 p.m. before the BBC's Match of the Day covering the Premier League.

Walsall benefit financially from Wembley outing

Despite the disappointment of losing at Wembley, Walsall stand to make a substantial financial gain from their participation in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Often derided as the paint drying trophy, they will make £500,000 from their share of the receipts, plus £69,000 in prize money.   Then one can add on revenue from earlier rounds, merchandise sales and television money.

Unhappy days at Orient

Last season Leyton Orient were contenders for promotion.   This year they are bottom of League 1.  The Italian takeover of the club does not seem to have worked well.  Even team talks are being given in Italian.

In one bizarre development, the club has been given its own reality television show in Italy which could lead to a player contract.   Owner Francesco Becchetti thinks it will raise the profile of the club and perhaps produce good players.

Championship cash boost from tv deal

Once the overseas deals have been completed, total Premier League broadcasting revenue is expected to exceed £8 billion.   As a result, Championship clubs not receiving parachute payments can expect to receive about £5 million per season in solidarity payments, more than double the present £2.3 million.

With average turnover for clubs in the Championship of about £15 million, the £5 million represents a large proportion of income.   They get about £2 million from their own television deal.   Whether the clubs will regard this as enough is unlikely.

Rochdale AFC a model of prudent financing

Rochdale AFC are the last team to have a chance to pull off a giant killing feat in the fourth round of the FA Cup as they face Stoke tonight.    Manager Keith Hill thinks they have not been given enough credit for the prudent way in which they manage their finances.

Bradford cash boost from cup run

Even before yesterday's spectacular victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Bradford City had already benefitted from their cup run to the tune of £1m.  That has wiped out this year's deficit, part of which they had hoped to come from a sell on fee had Tom Cleverly's move to Aston Villa had been made permanent.

Sisu suffer setbacks in the courts

Coventry City's owners Sisu have suffered further setbacks in their battle in the courts over the Ricoh Arena.   Their appeal against a refusal of a judicial review of a loan by Coventry City Council to the stadium's operators, Arena Coventry Limited, has been rejected and, what is more, the judge ticked off their laywers over the nature of their application.

Football League show to switch channels

The Football League Show is to switch from the BBC to Channel 5 from next season.  The deal runs for three seasons.  Channel 5 did not offer any more money than other bids on the table, but promised to screen the show at the prime time of 9 pm on Saturdays.

At present the show follows Match of the Day on the BBC.   The late night timing is inconvenient for many fans, although there is a repeat on Sundays.    This will continue.

Football League dilutes financial fair play regulations

The Football League has substantially diluted its financial fair play regulations.  According to some estimates, clubs will now be able to make losses of £15m-£17m a year, compared with a previously agreed figure of £5m, plus £3m in the form of equity.

Ricoh sold to Wasps

Coventry City Council have unanimously approved the sale of the operating company of the Ricoh Arena, Arena Coventry Limited, to Wasps rugby club.   The council will retain the freehold, but the rugby club will have a 250 year lease.