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Spending caps hit new Messi deal

La Liga spending caps are constraining Barcelona's ability to offer Lionel Messi a new contract.   Not unreasonably, La Liga requires clubs to spend no more than 70 per cent of their income on wages.

Barcelona have the highest wages in Spain and the second highest in the world after Manchester United. One way forward would be to try and boost revenues.

A typical Fifa power and money grab?

A typical Fifa money and power grab which would diminish the quality of the compeition was how critics of the organisation characterised its proposals for changes to the World Cup from 2026.   More moderate critics were concerned that Fifa was diluting its brand,  The tournament would be expanded from 32 to 48 countries, meaning that it will involve about a quarter of all Fifa nations.

Jezza targets footballers' pay

As part of his campaign to cap high pay in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn has specifically targeted footballers' pay.  This is, of course, good populist politics.

A reprieve for Millwall?

Lewisham Council has postponed a meeting scheduled for tonight which would have approved a compulsory purchase order for land around Millwall's New Den ground.    The meeting will be rescheduled, but no date has been given.

Millwall are concerned that the purchase would make the ground no longer viable for football and have said they might have to relocate to North Kent.   Some locals think that a move to the vicinity of the O2 and North Greenwich tube would be more likely.

FA Cup cash payments to change

The basis on which payments are made to clubs for FA cup success may change.  The sums received can be a financial lifeline for lower league and non-league clubs.   There was resentment that the £144,000 fees for live broadcasts in the third round all went to larger clubs.   

Has Chinese spending got out of hand?

Soocer economics guru Stefan Szymanski thinks that, among the Asian nations, China is most likely to produce a globally competitive soccer league in the next decade.   That is because it is following the European model: spend, spend, spend.

Leeds deal sealed

After several months of rumour and negotiation, 50 per cent of Leeds United has been sold to Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani.   

Massimo Cellino's stake reduces to 30 per cent.  It may in time reduce further.  Radrizzani is understood to have an option to buy the rest of the club in the summer.

Suppose Brighton were deducted points?

Ed Thompson has come up with a new analysis of the financial fair play (now 'profitability and sustainability') rules in the Championship as his original one contained a mistake, not surprising given the complexity of the rules and the uncertainty of their application.

Consider this hypothetical scenario.   It has been known for some time that Brighton and Hove Albion have been close to breaching the rules, although how close is difficult to assess on the available data.

Football in resorts: an overview

This article presents an overview of the work on football and resorts presented in recent postings.  First, a word about methodogy, if such a term can be used for a rather subjective, back of the envelope exercise.

First, not all seaside towns are resorts, e.g., ports have not been counted.   Second, there are inland resorts that derive a substantial proportion of their income from the tourist and conference trade, e.g., Bath, Harrogate, York.

Football in resorts: the case of Torquay

Ar first sight Torbay might seem to fit into Type 2 of our resorts categorisation.  Type 1 covered small, select up market resorts.   Type 3 were towns highly dependent on tourism that had fallen on hard times like Skegness.    Type 2 were towns which had diverisified economies in which the resort function sat alongside many others such as Bournemouth.