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Premier League goes for 3-D

The Premier League will earn £1.4 billion over a three-year period to 2103 for its overseas broadcasting rights.  But it sees great potential for expanding this stream of income, much more so than in the domestic market.

Spurs fans advocate community share scheme

In an effort to kick start the re-development of White Hart Lane and give Tottenham Hostpur a more fitting stadium, a group of Spurs fans had suggested a community share scheme as a way forward.


There is also an interview about the proposal on one of the Spurs fan sites.

Breakaway league back on agenda

After a decade when it has not been a serious agenda item the idea of a breakaway European Super League is back on the agenda of football.   This time it is not a group of media interests but Europe's top clubs that are considering the idea.

Air Asia boss makes bid for QPR

Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes is reported to be making a £100m bid for QPR.   This follows the news that steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal is ready to sell his 33 per cent stake in the club following his bust up with Bernie Ecclestone who has a 62 per cent share.   This spring Mr Mittal tried to increase his stake to become the majority shareholder but had no joy.

Rooney tops shirt league

Wayne Rooney has topped the Premiership's replica shirts league published in the Premier League Season Review.  Figures are based on the number of official club shirts sold domestically and internationally.   In the case of someone like Rooney, the figure would run into millions.


It is the first time that Rooney has topped the league and the first time a United player has taken the top slot since the Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007-8.   Another United player, Ryan Giggs, enters the top ten for the first time at the age of 37.

Premiership to face new pressure on governance

The Premier League seems likely to face renewed pressure on governance issues from the Government once a report from the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport is published.   This could happen as early as Friday.

City's training facilities plan

Manchester City FC are expected to reveal their plans for a state-of-the-art training facility which forms part of their deal with the Abu Dhabi airline Etihad tomorrow.   City sent a team of specialists around the world for 18 months for a feasibility study from a variety of sports before drawing up their plans.  It is anticipated that the plans will in part be influenced by Nike's world headquarters.

Manchester United top world rich list

As Manchester United began their American tour creating excitement in Rhode Island of all places, Forbes magazine announced that they hads topped their list of the world's richest sports clubs.   The 'capitalist tool' journal value the football club at an arguably conservative £1.16bn.   They were estimated to have 333 million followers worldwide, although those in Asia far outnumber those in the US.

City hit back at Wenger in war of words

Manchester City have responded vigorously to claims by Arsene Wenger that their commercial deal with Etihad Airways calls into question Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules.

Liverpool city council frustrated over stadium delays

Liverpool City Council are increasing the pressure on Liverpool football club to move to a new stadium at Stanley Park.   Relations between the two are becoming increasingly strained with council leader Joe Anderson going public on his frustrations at what he sees as the club's decade-long failure to accept that national planning laws have greatly diminished the possibility of redeveloping Anfield.   The club has been warned that they could be forced to pay back