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The Premiership


Why Liverpool needs a new stadium

We have been arguing for some time that Liverpool needs a new stadium to retain its top flight status, so it's interesting to see the case made from a Liverpool perspective with lots of data and evidence to back it up.

Fans subsidised by £25 a ticket in Premiership

An analysis by the Financial Fair Play website of the increased ticket price that clubs would need to charge if they were managed on a 'break even' basis shows that Premier League fans receive match day subsidies that average at £25 a ticket.

Liverpool need new stadium

Liverpool FC need a new stadium if they are to continue to compete at the top level of British and European football argues The Times football editor Tony Evans.

He states, 'After another week of crisis on Merseyside, no one can say for sure in which direction the club are heading.  17 months after its takeover, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the owner, [have] not come up with a strategy to build a new stadium.'

The fight for a Champions League place

Securing a place in the Champions League, even a fourth place play off spot, has become even more important for top clubs.  Getting to the group stage alone is worth £30m.  Getting further could yield £50m as against £6m for a successful run in the Europa League.

Wolves pay price off the pitch

Currently bottom of the Premiership, Wolves are paying a financial price for their lack of success on the pitch.  Season ticket renewals under their Early Bird campaign are 18 per cent down on this time last year, falling from 14,780 to 12,150.

What we don't know is how much the effects of poor performance are exacerbated by the economic downturn and squeezed incomes which could reinforce a reluctance to renew.

Lot riding on Etihad clash

There is a lot riding on tonight’s match between Manchester City and Chelsea for both clubs.  With their good home record, Manchester City are the favourites to win the game.  Betfair are offering odds of 1.94 for Manchester City, 4.5 for Chelsea and 3.7 for the draw.   Football betting tips are available for other matches.

Premiership rethinks TV rights

The Premier League is thinking of repackaging the sale of the television rights to screen live matches in Europe to offset the impact of last year's court ruling in the so-called 'pub landlady' case on its lucrative income.

Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, has said that the competition may abandon the sale of its rights on a country-by-country basis and sell them across Europe instead, something that is more compatible with the idea of a single market.

Liverpool still 'mulling over' stadium plans

Many commentators think that building a new stadium for Liverpool is essential to retaining the club's top ranking.   Others think that the financial gains would not offset the loss of the distinctive and special atmosphere generated at Anfield.

Liverpool would like to sell their own media rights

International media rights are sold collectively by the Premier League, but Liverpool FC has expressed interest in taking control of those rights, particularly in Asia where the club is very popular.  Fenway Sports Group (FSG) chairman Tom Werner told the Financial Times, 'We certainly want to increase awareness [of the club] in Asia ... if we can't do that by transmitting the matches live, we still want to appeal to our fans there.'

United settle tax bill

Manchester United have settled a multimillion tax bill arising from a dispute on image rights.  Such rights allow a player to receive a proportion of his salary in a separate company, often offshore, which incurs significantly lower rates of tax in the form of corporation tax at 26 per cent instead of the top rate of income tax at 50 per cent.  Eric Cantona was one of the first players to recognise the value of his image off the field.