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The Premiership


Jurgen Klopp's arrival a coup for Liverpool

The imminent arrival of Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager is undoubtedly something of a coup for the club and their owners, the Fenway Sports Group.   Harry Redknapp suggested that if he wanted a real challenge he should have taken the vacant position at Sunderland.   However, turning round Liverpool and restoring the club to its former glories will be no easy task.

The sad story of Newcastle United

When this blog started in the 1990s, there weren't many others attempting to take a serious look at the economic, business and cultural context of football.

That has all changed, 'the two unfortunates' being one example.  They take an in depth look at Newcastle United, its relationship with the community and how supporters have been let down by the present regime.

Swiss Ramble scales heights with United

The Swiss Ramble blog has scaled the heights of analysis once again with an impressive in depth treatment of Manchester United.   As always, there are lots of graphs and data to back up the argument.  It must take hours of careful work, but you also need the right skill set to do it properly.

How footballers manage their money

Levels of financial literacy in the UK are often not that high.  Very little is taught about the subject in many schools.   Most people find money management difficult and some of them fall prey to 'get rich quick' schemes.   As the old adage goes, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.

Debt picture in football is improving

At the end of 2014 football clubs had a combined debt of £1.927bn.   To put that in perspective, it is the equivalent of 11.5 per cent of the mortgage debt of British households.

However, this interesting and evidence based blog post takes a broadly optimistic view.   The debt mountain is shrinking.   Clubs have been using the current television deal to pay it down and the new deal should give even more scope to do so.

$400m for Hong Kong Premiership rights

The Premier League has had increasing success in recent years in selling its television rights overseas, particularly in Asian markets.   Eventually the income received from viewers outside the UK will exceed the domestic revenue.

This trend is highlighted by the news that over $400m has been paid for the Premier League rights for Hong Kong.  LeTV have offered to pay more than double the $US200m paid by the previous rights holders.

Reciprocal pricing helps fans

The cost of away tickets for Premier League fans has been a constant source of complaint.   Many fans feel with some justification that they have been priced out of following their team away, particularly when one factors in the cost of travel.

Arsenal laughing all the way to the bank

Is it better to have plenty of money in the bank or use that money to enhance performance on the pitch? That is the eternal dilemma at Arsenal and it is one that continues to exasperate the clubs' fans.  One comment after the latest financial results was that they had produced at least one good result this week.

Olympic Stadium contract details to be revealed

The information commissioner has ruled that the details of the contract under which West Ham United were made anchor tenants at the Olympic Stadium should be revealed.  This represents a victory for the coalition of supporters' trusts from other clubs who have been campaigning on the issue.

Gate money declines in importance

With guaranteed television money in the Premier League soon to reach more than £100m a year for each club, gate money is not the advantage it once was.   For some clubs such as Stoke City and Swansea City, gate receipts represent less than 10 per cent of revenue.    That proportion will diminish once the new broadcasting deal starts in 2016-17.