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The Premiership


Premier League votes for new financial rules

The Barclays Premier League has voted to implement new financial rules from next season. The vote was only secured after chief executive Richard Scudamore wrote to all clubs and Swansea defected from the 'Gang of Six', allowing the supporters of the move to secure the necessary two-thirds majority.

How Premier League boosts Manchester's economy

A new report, the first of its kind, shows that Manchester's economy is boosted by £330m a year by the presence of two Premiership clubs in the city.   It's the equivalent of hosting the Olympic Games once every four years and eight times the similar effect from football in Glasgow.

Biggest global brands avoid naming rights deals

A number of clubs are in the market for naming rights deals, not least West Ham in relation to the Olympic Stadium. Football takes just under a quarter of a global market worth $750m a year, according to data from Sponsorship Today. Multi-purpose venues, which would include the Olympic Stadium, account for 29 per cent.

Radio rights retained

Many people argued that the arrival of television would mean the end of radio or at least of talk radio as distinct from a dj playing music (or perhaps no dj at all). However, radio remains important to football, particularly keener fans.

Thatcher, football and the Premier League

It's fair to say that Mrs Thatcher was no fan of football.   She tended to see it through  a  'law and order' lens, although it has to be admitted that there were serious problems of that kind during the time she was prime minister.

She came up with a completely unworkable membership card scheme for football fans which, if implemented, would have seriously damaged the game.   It was another case of treating football fans as second class citizens, although unfortunately that still happens today.

Swans announce record profits

The benefits of Premier League membership are reflected in record profits of £15.9m announced by Swansea City FC for the six months up to the end of November 2012.   The Swans are well placed to take advantage of the new Premiership television deal.    

It is planned to increase the capacity of the council-owned Liberty Stadium from 20,599 to 32,000 and there are plans for a new training facility.   A new shirt sponsorship deal is in the offing, the Swans having bought themselves out of their deal with 32Red a year early.

Old Trafford naming rights not for sale

Manchester United has emphasised that the naming rights for Old Trafford are not for sale in the wake of a £15m eight year deal with AON to name the Carrington Training Ground after the club's current kit sponsor.  A more sceptical note is struck by the BBC's sports editor and some of the comments are interesting.

Everton's dilemma illustrates a broader problem

Everton's 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane is a creditable result and must give them renewed hope as they face a tough end of the season with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea still to play away from home.

Everton face a dilemma.   Everton manager David Moyes believes that earning a place in next season's Europa League would enhance his side's prospects of keeping their best players and make them a more attractive proposition for potential transfer targets.

Chelsea aims to be global brand

An in depth look at Chelsea's finances ahead of the onset of financial fair play regulations argues as its central theme that becoming a global brand is the strategy it is following to move away from being a benefactor club.

Of course, some clubs are there already, not least Manchester United and Real Madrid.   Others such as Manchester City are playing catch up.  The real key is the East Asian market and in particular that of China.

Premiership footballers splash out £1bn on high risk investments

Twelve Premiership and ex-Premiership footballers face financial ruin after they ran up £14m in losses from unregulated collective investment schemes (ucis) such as film schemes. Last year, the Financial Services Authority (as it then was) proposed a ban on selling such schemes to retail investors after it discovered that hundreds of them had lost money.