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QPR change new stadium plans

Queens Park Rangers have decided to go for a more modest version of their planned new stadium, according to a report in The Times.

Queens Park Rangers hope to draw up plans soon for a new 30,000-seat stadium on the site of the Linford Christie athletics track in west London.

Is piracy problem hitting viewing figures?

The number of viewers watching Premier League matches on Sky during the first half of the season is 12 per cent down on the previous year.   Sky's latest six month results showed that profits had been affected by a £314m increase it had to pay to the Premier League in that period.

Big spending does not always guarantee success

Using a KMPG database, the Financial Times has analysed the accounts of 69 clubs over four seasons. The results reveal that big spending does not always guarantee success.

Arsenal season ticket hike angers fans

Arsenal's decision to increase 8,000 of their Platinum ticket prices at the Emirates by 3 per cent (above the rate of inflation) from next season has angered fans.   Club level seats range from £2,910 in the corner to £5,755 on the halfway line.

Sky Blues owners bring new legal action

Coventry City's owners, Sisu, have brought a new legal action against Coventry City Council over the sale of the Ricoh Arena.  On this occasion they are objecting to the sale of the Council's 50 per cent share in the Ricoh's operating company, ACL,  to Wasps Rugby Club.

Premiership clubs make profit in transfer window

Premier League clubs made a net profit of £4m in the transfer window compared with a loss of £109m last year, according to figures from the Premier League. This January's transfer window saw the biggest spend ever of £237m, compared with £178m last year. Sales amounted to £241m.

According to figures from Deloitte Sports Business, the gross spend by Premier League clubs in the 2016/17 season totals £1.4 billion, surpassing the previous record of £1 billion by more than a third.

How big is the Chinese Super League?

Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo was the last player to move to the Chinese Super League in the transfer window.  He went to Changchun Yatai in the north of China for £20m.   Full details of the players who have made a lucrative move can be found here.

Are fans being cheated in FA Cup?

Alan Shearer has suggested that fans are being cheated by clubs putting out weakened sides in the FA Cup.  According to Radio 5, Premier League clubs made an average of seven changes in their matches over the weekend.

Winning the FA Cup is never going to produce large sums of money and foreign owners may be used to the situation elsewhere in Europe where cups are very much secondary competitions, hence the abolition of the Cup Winners' Cup.

Global transfers hit record

According to Fifa's Transfer Matching System (TMS), the total spend on transfer fees worldwide was $4.8bn in 2016, a 14.3 per cent increase compared with the previous year and well above inflation.

Since 2010, all clubs are required to record transfer deals through the TMS.  14,951 deals were concluded in 2016, the highest number ever, and about a thousand more than the previous year.

Beijing club worth more than European giants

The top Beijing team, Beijing Guoan, has been sold to a local property developer at a $800m valuation, suggesting that it is worth more than European giants such as AC Milan and Atlético Madrid.

Sinobo Land is buying 64 per cent of the club from Citic, a state-owned investment group for Rmb3.6bn valuing it at Rmb5.6bn ($807m).  This would rank Beijing Guoan alongside the 15 most valuable clubs in Europe, according to KPMG estimates.