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Arsenal Board Members Make Stan Kroenke Director

Arsenal's board members have reinforced their position against a possible takeover bid from leading shareholder Allsher Usmanov by making US sports franchise owner Stan Kroenke a fellow director. Arsenal wants Mr Kroenke, who owns a 12.4 per cent stake, to sign up to the lockdown agreement drawn up last year by board members that stops any of them trading shares without each other's consent.

Bidders Line Up for Premiership TV Auction

Negotiations on the next Premiership television package are due to start in the first three months of 2009 and already potential bidders are lining up. The last three year deal covering the seasons to 2009-10 raised £1.7bn, 66 per cent more than in 2003. Packages are now sold separately to prevent any one company having a monopoly position and the last deal saw a 2:1 split of live matches between BSkyB and Setanta Sports.

Record Profits At Arsenal

Arsenal are expected to announce record turnover figures later this month, making the club the world's third richest behind Real Madrid and Manchester United. Turnover from the whole business has increased to about £225m. The figures for the year to May 31, 2008 will reveal record pre-tax profits of nearly £40m, while operating profit is expected to be above £50m. Arsenal is not a benefactor club and the results demonstrate the success of the Emirates stadium and the board's policy of living within its means.

The Liverpool Stadium Shambles

George Gillett made a rare visit to Liverpool yesterday to see his club beat Manchester United, but while fans celebrated their victory, large numbers of them protested against the American owners. As one of them said on Sky Sports News, he wished the American owners would just take their profit and go. It was the way in which United eclipsed Liverpool on the pitch and their continuous expansion of Old Trafford that led Liverpool into an urgent search for a new stadium to replace Anfield.

Asian Billionaire Sounds Out Spurs

Premiership club Tottenham Hotspur may be rescued by an Asian billionaire. The news about the 'super rich' investor comes from Singapore. Super-agent Pini Zahavi and the wealthy Asian have been discussing a possible deal. Zahavi brokered the deal in which Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003. The discussions are at a prelimary stage, but the billonaire investor views Spurs as a perfect buy because of the profile of the club and the fact that they are in London. This last point is regarded as crucial. Joe Lewis' Enic Investment Group has been the majority owner of Spurs since 2001.

Smaller Premiership With No Relegation Urged

Manchester City executive chairman Gary Cook believes that the Premiership remains too parochial in its outlook and the future lies in an elite league of perhaps 14 clubs with no relegation. Cook commented, 'We are getting into a situation where there are maybe ten clubs. Do Saudi Arabians want to buy - and no disrespect to these clubs - Stoke City or Derby County? Or do they want to buy Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Manchester City?' Cook's model is the NFL in American football, but English fans are used to promotion and relegation.

Why The 39th Game Is Still On

Premiership chief executive Richard Scudamore still thinks that a 39th game played abroad is essential to secure the future of the competition. He argues that the only reason that the model of distribution of half the domestic rights income and all the foreign rights income equally is that 'the revenues are so large, enabling us to divide the income without the top clubs crying foul.

Premier League TV Facility Fee by Club - Season 2004-05

Values of the Premier League Television Facility Fee by football club for season 2004/05. The facility fee is one part of the overall television revenues distributed to Premier League clubs. It is based on the number of TV appearances each club makes during the domestic football season.

Manchester United's Customer Relationship Programme

In an interview with Information Age magazine, Ben Hatton, Manchester United's director of business and development, explains why the club is investing in CRM software and what it hopes to achieve.

Transfer Spending by English Premier League Clubs in 2004

List of the twenty Premier League clubs in 2004 comparing amounts spent during 2004 vs 2003. Figures are in £ million.

Roman Abramovich's Chelsea spent almost double their nearest competitor, Manchester United, and three-times that of the next ranked club, Liverpool, while the two clubs at the bottom of the list did not break £1 million.