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The Premiership


Murdoch plans summer football competition

Rupert Murdoch is planning a summer football competition for 16 top clubs to start from 2015.   Matches would be held in a variety of 'world city' venues such as Los Angeles and Shanghai.

One motivation for Murdoch may be the loss of the US Premier League contract by Fox to NBC.  It also represents a further step in the globalisation of football with overseas summer tours assuming a greater importance in terms of selling merchandise and gaining sponsorship.

Norwich squad gives best value per point

Norwich City obtained the best value per point from their squad last season.   According to a study by the Football Observatory, their 11th place finish cost them just over £500,000 per point.   In contrast Chelsea's 3rd place cost £5m per point.   It is a reminder just how expensive Premier League football is.

Big fall in Manchester United shares

Manchester United shares fell by as much as 9 per cent on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, although they did rally later, closing at $15.16, down on the day by $1.53. The shares are relatively volatile, having fluctuated between $12 ad $19.34 over the last twelve months.

The reason for the fall appears to have been reports of a possible signing of Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay for £17m.

Arsenal best at boosting football player value

Arsenal are the best football club in the Premier League at boosting the value of their players, according to a study by the Football Observatory.   The squad was assembled for £168m and is valued at £269m, showing a gain of £101m.   In contrast, the squads at Chelsea and Manchester City are worth less than was paid for them.

Wages take big slice of Premiership revenue increase

Premier League income grew again in 2011/12 against a background of a flatlining economy, with a 15 per cent rise in commercial income making a big contribution, but the greater part of the increased income went on wages according to the latest Deloitte review of football finance.

Premier League clubs’ revenue reached a record £2,360m in 2011/12, according to the 22nd Annual Review of Football Finance from the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. In total, the revenue of the top 92 clubs in English football exceeded £3 billion for the first time.

Should one go back?

This morning's football coverage is 'all about José.'   Mourinho was always good copy for the media and his return to the Bridge gets extensive coverage in all the morning papers except the Financial Times.   At a reported £8.5m a year the Special One will be the highest paid manager in the Premier League.

Palace plan to expand Selhurst

Crystal Palace have announced that they intend to stay at Selhurst Park and are planning a phased expansion of the capacity of the stadium to 40,000.   The current capacity is just over 26,000, one of the smallest in the Premier League.   Some changes will have to be made before the start of next season as the stadium does not meet current Premier League requirements for media accommodation.

Tenure of Premier League managers falling

The average tenure of Premier League managers is declining according to this blog post.   The average figure was always boosted by the presence of long-serving managers like Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.   Arsene Wenger is now very much an untypical outlier.

Too few teams in the Premier League?

It's been argued from time to time that the Premier League has too many teams, given that the top clubs have heavy schedules in the Champions League or Europa League.   However, football economics guru Stefan Szymanski uses economic logic to argue that the Premier League has too few clubs in it.

New sponsor for Sunderland

Sunderland AFC has announced that BFS Group Limited will become the club’s new principal partner from season 2013-14. BFS Group is the main UK operation of The Bidvest Group Limited, which is headquartered in South Africa will replace Invest in Africa as the team’s main shirt sponsor.

The Bidvest Group is a global business operating across a range of sectors with over 105,000 employees across four continents. It also operates the largest global foodservice business outside North America and has significant presence in the UK market.