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American owners at Swansea

The takeover of Swansea City by an American investment group was completed yesterday.  The consortium is fronted by Jason Levein and Steve Kaplan, who have extensive experience in American sports.

United remain top brand

Manchester United remain the top brand in world football with an estimated value of over $1 billion for the second successive year.   Leicester City saw the biggest increase of 132 per cent, going from 42nd to 16th place with a value of £166m.

Arsenal saw a 22 per cent increase in brand value, going from seventh to sixth place with a value calculated at £593m.  They overtook Chelsea who saw a two per cent fall in their brand value to £530m.

Cost of kit and sponsorship deals rises rapidly

The cost of football kit and sponsorship deals has been rising rapidly.   Manchester United set the tone when it switched from Nike to Adidas kits in 2015, in a deal worth around £75m a year.  Barcelona did even better.   By extending its Nike kit deal last month, the club more than doubled its annual revenue from kit to €150m a year.

Villa top Midlands finance table

They may have been relegated, but Aston Villa top a new football finance table of Midland Premiership and Championship clubs.  The table was compiled by Deloitte and is based on revenues earned.  If nothing else, it shows the potential of Villa to bounce back.

Second year of profits for Premier League

For the first time since 1999, Premier League clubs have recorded a second consecutive year of aggregate pre-tax profits, generating approximately £120m in 2014/15, according to Deloitte, the business advisory firm. This is the second highest-ever aggregate pre-tax profit for Premier League clubs, and follows last year’s record-breaking profit of £190m for the 2013/14 season.

Hull City's future in doubt

With Hull City having gained access to the riches of the Premier League, speculation has intensified about a takeover.   The club has been for sale since 2014 when the owner failed to get the club's name changed, but it is now a more attractive prospect.   Some reports say that talks have been in progress since early this month.

Steve Bruce has said that he will need assurances from the owners  if he is to stay as manager.

Row over future of Champions League

Europe's top clubs are pushing for radical changes to the Champions League in order to secure more funds to offset the financial dominance of the Premier League.    

Clubs particularly in Italy and Spain are pushing for changes that would involve more matches between top teams.   They argue that this could be more lucrative in terms of commercial and media revenue.

The £180m game

Even if they are relegated straight back to the Championship, the winner of the play off final between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday is likely to be £180m better off explains sports lawyer Daniel Geey.

The rewards from promotion set up serious tensions in the Championship.   In the last published set of figures for 2014-15, half the clubs in the division had wage bills more than 100 per cent of turnover.

Are clubs more interested in profits than success?

Carlo Ancelotti has suggested that Arsenal and Manchester United are more interested in profits than success.   However, this Arsenal fan thinks that his club have turned a corner and are now more focused on success.

Mourinho talks hit trademark snag

The negotiations over José Mourinho's contract with Manchester United have hit a snag over his trademark.  Chelsea will demand a settlement of several million pounds to pass on the trademark for him which the club has owned since 2006.

Chelsea owns three separate Mourinho trademarks which are due to expire between 2023 and 2025.   If retained, they would prevent United attaching their manager's name to a wide range of merchandise including teddy bears, after shave, computer games and football boots.