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Sky gets mobile rights

Sky has bought the rights to show Premier League highlights on mobile devices, as it seeks to attract viewers beyond the TV set.   It will share the rights with The Times and The Sun both owned by Sky's major shareholder Rupert Murdoch through News Corp.   The two papers have 626,000 digital subscribers, compared with millions of sports customers at Sky.

Arsenal ready for transfer splurge

Arsenal have £200m in a bank and are prepared to authorise big spending on transfers this summer, according to Arsenal director Lord Harris.   The club would be prepared to break its £42m transfer record.

The actual transfer budget for the summer is £50m.   There is no doubt that the club's financial transfer position has improved since the greater part of the costs of the move to the Emirates was met.

Bristol City fans complain about Owls ticket prices

It looks as if most Bristol City fans will stay away from their first game back in the Championship after it was revealed that getting into Hillsborough would cost them £39.   The cost of travel from Bristol will not be small and when you add in food the total cost could start to approach £100.

Stadium dilemma in US

Football in the United States faces a big diemma when it cames to staging tournaments or hosting visiting teams from Britain.   Do they use a purpose built soccer stadium which has smaller capacity?   Or do they use an American football stadium where the configuration of the field is wrong and the pitch is generally in a poor condition?

Wenger: United have abandoned youth policy

Arsene Wenger has accused Manchester United of abandoning their traditional youth development policy in favour of using their financial firepower.  He contrasted their approach to that of Arsenal, which he claims remains geared to producing players, albeit many of them recruited as teenagers from all over the world.

Wenger admits that United do not have the calibre of players like Ryan Giggs and David Beckham inside the club because youth talent is spread more through 20 clubs than it was a couple of decades ago.

Bournemouth's potential

Looking at Bournemouth's prospects in the Premiership, this article argues that the club is situated in a 'football wilderness'.   I'm not sure that Southampton being 35 miles away makes it quite like that.

Uncertainty surrounds Cobblers takeover

Uncertainty is surrounding the takeover of Northampton Town by a mystery Indian consortium.   One question has always been what the motivation would be to acquire a League 2 club, albeit one in a reasonably prosperous area with some potential for progress.   

Nearly a month has passed since chairman David Cardoza announced the heads of terms agreement with the mystery buyers, leaving rumour to fill the void of information coming from the club.

Shirt sponsorship deals break through £200m barrier

Thanks to new deals at Chelsea and Liverpool, Premier League shirt sponsorship deals have broken through the £200m barrier for the first time.   The total value of all deals is now £218.65m.  This is over twice the value of all deals in the German Bundesliga.

United's tour boosts sponsors

Manchester United's 17th successive summer pre-season tour, this year in the United States, has been meticulously planned both in footballing terms, to keep the demands on players within bounds, and also to boost sponsors.   The club is working tirelessly to deliver for their sponsors with the entertaining of every VIP guest a personalised experience.

Becks get his Miami stadium

After many setbacks David Beckham has finally got permission to build a privately funded stadium in Miami for his MLS franchise.  The 25,000 capacity stadium will be built on the site of the Orange Bowl and next to the stadium of the Miami Marlins baseball team.

Beckham has been working on the project since 2014.  Plans to build a stadium on a waterfront site next to a basketball arena were rejected.   At one time it looked as if the project would never come to fruition.