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The plight of Reading

In 2012 Reading were promoted to the Premier League, but within three years they came very close to going into administration.    This very interesting account provides an in depth analysis of what went wrong.

Oldham Athletic face winding up petition

Oldham Athletic face a winding-up petition today brought by HM Revenue and Customs, although claim the matter has been resolved.

A statement on the clubs' website said, 'We are aware of the winding up petition brought by HMRC scheduled for Monday June 20 and our legal advisors are dealing with it,  The liability on which the petition is based was paid in full last month.'

Last December the club had difficulty in paying their players and they were paid late for three months.

Could Slovakia-England result affect Brexit vote?

I'm a bit sceptical about the link between football results and voting behaviour.   The evidence is contradictory and if there are causal effects they could be in opposite directions.   My scepticism is increased in the case of referendums where voters are making a different kind of judgment from elections.

Brexit and football

Dr Dave Webber reviews the impact of Brexit on football, examining the movement of players, the financial implications for supporters and whether there would be any impact on the national team.

One topic he doesn't mention are the sometimes criticised transfer windows which were the result of a competition settlement with the EU over football broadcasting.

Big plans for Bangor City

A Cheshire-based consortium that has taken over Bangor City has big plans for the North Wales club, They plan to pump in at least £100,000 a year as they seek to end the domination of the Welsh Premier Leage by The New Sants.   The real attraction is perhaps not the WPL title, but the chance of Champions League football.

National League sets ambitious targets

The National Leage has set itself some ambitous targets in a new four year strategy entitled 'Growing our Game' covering the period 2016 to 2020.

It wants to increase annual attendances from 1.5m to 1.7m.  It wants live broadcast matches to go up from 25 to 40 per seaon and to increase commercial revenues by 50 per cent.   The target for social media following is an increase from 750,000 to 1 million.

Euro 2016 'Brexit' threat to pubs

There's another 'Brexit' threat in the offing, an early exit by the home teams from the Euro 2016 championships could hit pub takings.   Owners are hoping the teams will 'Remain'.

Of course, England could be expelled if there are further clashes involving their fans, although it was interesting to see the Russian sports minister appluading his fans after their hooligans had launched an attack on English fans.

Bundesliga gets tv boost

The four year television rights auction for the Bundesliga generated €4.64bn (£3.63bn), an 85 per cent increase on the previous deal, making it the second wealthiest league in Europe.   It has lagged behind rivals in England, Italy and Spain in commercial terms.   It is still some way behind the Premier League which pocketed £5.1bn in a three year rights auction last year.

Forest takeover may hit snags

Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Mariankis has been linked with taking a majority stake in Nottingham Forest for some time now.    Some reports suggest that a deal to acquire a 80 per cent holding may be imminent.

Mariankis is the owner of the Piraeus based team Olympiakos.   They have been crowned champions for six consecutive years, this year by a record 28 points.

Hong Kong buyer for Birmingham City

A Hong Kong-based businessman, Paul Suen, is poised to buy a majority stake in Birmingham City.  He intends to buy at least 60 per cent of the club through his company, Trillion Trophy Asia.  This appears to be an investment vehicle set up for the occasion.

Mr Suen is an active investor in small listed companies in Hong Kong.

The sale, expected to be completed before the end of September, values the Blues at £37m.  It would end the seven year tenure of Carson Yeung, the Hong Kong businessman and convicted money launderer.