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The Premiership


Wasps move creates opportunity for QPR

Wasps rugby club has been put up for sale and anticipates returning to its historic base in West London.   The decision was taken by owner Steve Hayes after Wycombe District Council withdrew its support for a new complex in the Booker area of the town.   Wasps have shared Adams Park with Wycombe Wanderers, also owned by Hayes, since 2002.   One of the difficulties is access to and from the ground which is along a single road through an industrial estate.

The devil is in the detail

Predictably initial media reaction to yesterday's European Court of Justice (ECJ) case involving Portsmouth publican Karen Murphy over simplified a complex set of issues.   Indeed, the only certainty in this matter is that the winners will be the lawyers who will pocket substantial fees in subsequent litigation.

Chelsea fans concerned about Bridge move

Many Chelsea fans consider that there a number of unanswered questions about the proposed move away from Stamford Bridge and are mobilising to ensure that any decision has been fully thought through and is in the best long-term interests of the club.

Various fan groups such as the Chelsea Supporters Club, the Chelsea Supporters Group and CFC UK are planning a meeting for Monday to organise their tactics before the vote of Chelsea Pitch Owners PLC (CPO) shareholders on October 27th.

European Court ruling won't change much

Although the Premier League lost its case on football brodcasting in the European Court today, and hence Sky lost as well, the outcome will not change that much, at least in the short run, although no doubt further litigation will follow.

Chelsea prepare to move stadium

Gate money is a key element in Manchester United's overall success and in particular has helped to provide the financial means that have allowed them to out distance Liverpool.   Chelsea's stadium is only the eighth largest in the Premier League which curbs matchday revenues.   So it is no surprise that Chelsea have revived plans to move away from the Bridge.

United set on 'monetising' fan base

'Monetising' is very much a buzz word these days.   In the next phase of their commercial strategy, Manchester United are determined to monetise their fan base 'and put that into a moneymaking machine' in the words of their commercial director, Richard Arnold talking to the Financial Times.

Arsenal report fall in operating profit

Arsenal reported a decline in full-year operating profit as increased wage costs offset a rise in commercial revenue.  Underlying operating profit fell to £45.8m in the year to end May from £56.8m the year before.

Crucial decision looms on television rights

Next Tuesday the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will rule on whether the Premier League can continue to give its broadcasters domestic exclusivity or whether consumers should be free to cherry pick subscriptions from across Europe.  

Wenger has job for life

In a rare interview majority Arsenal shareholder 'Silent' Stan Kroenke is full of praise for Arsene Wenger and says that he can stay at Arsenal for as long as he likes.   This goes far beyond the traditional guarded 'vote of confidence'.

Pearce tries to increase Baggies stake

West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Pearce is trying to increase his stake in the club from 60 to 65 per cent.   He has written to all shareholders making an offer for up to 500 ordinary shares.   The tender offer is at a price of not less than £1,200 and not more than £1,500 for each share.  Priority will be given to those ordinary shares tendered at the lowest price within the tender price range.