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Premiership finances summarised

The Guardian has produced a very useful and detailed summary of the finances of Premier League clubs with sources of income broken down by category.   The figures are accompanied by a pithy and pertinent commentary on each club.

The Emirates FA Cup?

The Football Association have denied that a deal has been reached with Emirates Airlines to sponsor the FA Cup, but it is looking increasing likely.  A mouth watering £30m over three seasons is on the table.   The FA failed to find a sponsor this season after the expiry of a deal with Budweiser.

Footballers dominate sports rich list

Fourteen of the twenty names on this year's Sunday Times sports rich list are footballers, although Lewis Hamilton comes first and Andy Murray third.

Wayne Rooney is the leading footballer in second place with an estimated wealth of £72m and there is then a gap to sixth place occupied by Sergio Aguero and David Silva on £26m.   The fortunes of six Manchester City players add up to £110m.

Baggies takeover nearer

The prospect of a takeover at West Bromwich Albion has grown nearer after interested parties from the Far East and the United States entered due diligence. Given that the club showed a good profit in its last financial year, there shouldn't be any skeletons in the cupboard to hold things up.

Are Bournemouth true underdogs?

No one can underestimate what Bournemouth have achieved in winning promotion to the Premier League.  They can only be denied by a 19-0 defeat at Charlton on Saturday and in truth that is going to be a promotion party for their fans with the Addicks making the Upper West stand available to them in addition to the away end.

The future of North Ferriby United

The following statement has been issued by North Ferriby United: 'The last two years have seen an injection of over a quarter of a million pounds into North Ferriby United. This has undoubtedly led to the recent success that all involved in the club have enjoyed and experienced.'

New Spurs stadium could stage NFL

Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium could host American football matches.  Plans for the new stadium show a much larger changing room in the East Stand.  A typical ''locker room' must accommodate 53 players and 15-20 coaches, far more than for a football team.

Wembley has hosted at least one NFL match a year since 2007.  There will be three more games there in October and November.   Jacksonville Jaguars have an agreement to play a home game at Wembley every year from 2013 to 2016.   The Football Association is thought to collect about £3m per game.

MLS faces political challenges

Major League Soccer in the United States is facing increasing political challenges.   Taxpayers are increasingly unwilling to fund new stadiums.   Even if direct subsidies are not needed, tax breaks often are.

Is MLS like a pyramid scheme?

Soccer economics guru Stefan Szymanski has controversially suggested that America's Major League Soccer has the appearance of a pyramid scheme.   MLS is losing over $100m a year, yet new franchises are often sold for over a $100m.

United top wages league

Manchester United overtook Manchester City as the biggest payers in the Barclays Premier League in the 2013-14 season.  Their wages bill came to £215.8m compared with City's £205m.    The wage bill of Burnley was just £21.5m, one tenth that of United.

Chelsea were third with a wage bill of £192.7 with Arsenal some way behind with £154.5m.  Liverpool were just behind with £144m and then there was a big gap to Tottenham Hotspur with £100.4m.  Newcastle United were next, but one might question whether they got value for money.