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Could the US see promotion and relegation?

I must admit that I did not know much about the North American Soccer League (NASL), so I was interested to come across this informative posting.   Although regarded as a second tier operation, they are not set up as a minor league.   However, they have more of a community focus than the increasingly successful Major League Soccer (MLS).

Football League in Pannu probe

The Football League has asked for an explanation of abusive comments made by director Peter Pannu on a supporter's website.   In a statement the club characterised the rambling comments as 'unprofessional' and 'ludicrous'.

Among other points made by Pannu, he alleges that the board do not want to sell to Jeremy Wray who has put in a fornal bid, but to another party, possibly located in China.

'Financial sustainability' at Manchester City

Manchester City have claimed that they have achieved 'financial sustainability' after reporting much reduced losses of £23m for 2013-14.   That figure includes the £16m financial fair play penalty deducted from Champions League payments due to the club.   If it had not been this deduction, the club would have been close to break even.   They expect to break even next year.   In 2011-12 and 2012-13 they made losses of £148.5m.

Blues deny financial problems

Birmingham City have issued a statement denying that the club is facing financial problems.  Last week former chairman Peter Pannu issued a statement claiming that they would have difficulty meeting a seven figure corporation tax bill.

Football is the global business

Today's Financial Times devotes one of its special supplements to the business of football which makes a change from features on countries one has scarcely heard of.  The Pink 'Un asserts that football is the global business.

It quotes football economics guru Stefan Szymanski who says that 'It's one of the few games that doesn't have a specific cultural affinity.  Szymanski argues that 'Rugby and cricket are so British' for which one might substitute the British Commonwealth and add in Argentina and Italy for rugby.  

Bulls get another reprieve

The long drawn out saga of Hereford United continues with the hearing of the winding up petition against the club in the High Court deferred again until December 15th.   The petition was originally brought in June by the Inland Revenue in relation to a debt of £116,000.   The legal bills for all these hearings must be mounting.

Rangers fans call for merchandise boycott

The Union of Fans, a coalition of Rangers supporters' groups, have called on fans to stop buying club merchandise.   They have got accountants to analyse the deal with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct and they consider that it is highly unfavourable to the club.

According to their calculations only 75p of every £10 fans spend on merchandise goes to the club and Rangers received just £2,000 in the last six month accounting period.

Massimo Cellino will not sell up at Leeds

Massimo Cellino has said that he will not sell up at Leeds United despite having failed the Football League's fit and proper person test.

New threat to QPR stadium plans

Queens Park Rangers face a new threat to their plan to build a stadium at Old Oak Common.   Cargiant, the biggest landowner in the area, have now teamed up with the property company owned by the billionaire Livingstone brothers, giving their alternative project more credibility.  However, a consultation suggests that 90 per cent of local residents favour QPR's plans.

AFC Telford make a profit

AFC Telford have made a small profit of £6,070 on turnover of £788,000.   Down from £13,000 in 2012-13, it effectively represents a break even position.   However, the Conference club deserve credit for making a profit in nine years out of ten given the losses that many clubs make, even at non-league level.