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Sheffield United Rule Out Appeal

Sheffield United will not allow West Ham to take the judgement by an arbitration panel over the Carlos Tevez affair to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. The CAS has already made it clear that it will not hear the case unless Sheffield United agree. West Ham are also exploring taking the case to the High Court as they believe the three-man FA tribunal 'based much of its findings on opinion'. The panel chaired by Lord Griffiths has hearings on Thursday about when it will decide the amount of compensation.

Why Buy A Premier League Club?

Nine out of the 20 clubs in the Premiership are wholly or partially owned by non-British entrepreneurs and the number may well increase soon. Arsene Wenger has asked, what is the motivation for a billionaire to buy a Premiership club? It's interesting to look at a perspective from the Gulf states where many of the owners are increasingly likely to come from. Jumana Al Tamini from gulfnews.com argues, 'While the buyers' motives might vary, they all share the same goals: more social exposure; huge profits and high financial returns.

Sheffield Wednesday Top Of Empty Seats League

Sheffield Wednesday are top of the Championship empty seats league with Hillsborough the most under-occupied stadium. Average attendances at home games is 19,005, leaving the 39,814 capacity stadium only 47.7 per cent full in the four games played there. Top of the Championship stadium filling attendance league are Cardiff City, although this shows that a lot depends on how big your ground is. On average Ninian Park is 93.3 per cent full even though their average gate is just 19,031.

English Premier League Clubs Shirt Sponsors - 2006-07

English Premier League Clubs Shirt Sponsors season 2006-07 with details on their estimated sponsorship value. That season, Manchester United had the largest shirt sponsorship deal by far, worth some £12.3m (with AIG finance). Chelsea managed over £10m (Samsung) and Arsenal and Liverpool both had deals worth £5.4m (with Emirates and Carlsberg respectively.)

At the lower end of the scale deals were at the half-a-million range, with Wigan Athletic lowest at an estimayed £3.1 million.

Heart of Midlothian Sort Out Pay Problems

Last week weekly paid players at Hearts didn't get paid and those on monthly salaries faced delayed payments, but the problems should all have been sorted out today. Hearts maintain that the failure to pay employees was down to a technical problem. It appears that the problem arose when owners Ukio Bankas Investment Group, who regularly deposit money into Hearts' bank account, stopped making payments earlier this month. HBOS, who have their own problems, refused to let the overdraft rise above £100,000.

Blades Win Case Against Hammers

A FA arbitration tribunal has ruled in favour of Sheffield United and against West Ham in the Carlos Tevez affair. West Ham were found guilty of breaching league regulations in the signing of Tevez and Javier Mascherano in 2006. The Hammers survived in the Premiership in 2007 at the Blades' expense. Rather than being docked points by the Premiership arbitration panel, West Ham were fined £5.5m. The FA panel has found that the presence of Tevez made the difference in terms of West Ham staying up.

Nigerian consortium may bid for Newcastle United

If a bid by a Nigerian consortium for Newcastle United comes to fruition, they could become the first African owned club in the Premiership. Jokers are, of course, saying that owner Mike Ashley has already E-mailed his bank details. The front man for the bid is Chris Nathaniel of NVA Management entertainment group. He claims to have been 'working hard to get wealthy and football-loving Nigerian entrepreneurs to buy the club'. Supposedly his consortium is willing to meet the asking price of £400m and have already collected £350m.

Arsenal Board Members Make Stan Kroenke Director

Arsenal's board members have reinforced their position against a possible takeover bid from leading shareholder Allsher Usmanov by making US sports franchise owner Stan Kroenke a fellow director. Arsenal wants Mr Kroenke, who owns a 12.4 per cent stake, to sign up to the lockdown agreement drawn up last year by board members that stops any of them trading shares without each other's consent.

Football Shirt Sponsors Are Harder To Find

The turmoil at Manchester United's sponsors, AIG, has focused attention on football shirt sponsors. Football shirt sponsorship has enjoyed steady growth in recent years. According to sports marketing consultant Sports Markt, total revenues last year were £287.8m in the six large European leagues, up 10.6 per cent on the previous year and doubling their value in eight years. But, as with most aspects of life in the Premier League, there is a gulf between the top clubs and everyone else, and the economic downturn is leaving other clubs struggling to find a sponsor.

Canaries' Troubles Are All Too Typical

The financial problems being encountered by Norwich City FC have their own specific local causes, but they are also typical of the challenges being faced by many lower league clubs. Little money from the Premiership now trickles down even to the Championship because few players from that level are signed by Premiership clubs who are either interested in foreign players or those British players who have already proved themselves at the top level. Bosses at Carrow Road are insisting that the club is 'not in trouble at all' and will not go into administration.