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The business of selling Spurs

There is no doubt that ENIC International, the investment company owned by billionaire Joe Lewis, would sell Tottenham Hotspur if the price was right.   The original plan when he took control in 2001 was to sell within three years. Whether he can get the near £1 billion he wants is another matter.

Indian Super League gets ready for launch

India's new football Super League is getting ready for its launch on October 12th.  It hopes to give Indian Premier League cricket a run for its money.

India is seen as one of the world's last great untapped football markets.   The ten week league hopes to harness growing interest in the game.  There is already a strong following in West Bengal, Assam and Goa. The games will be screened on the Star India TV network.

Harry gives it large

No surprise there, but this time Harry Redknapp is unhappy about financial fair play rules as they affect Queens Park Rangers.

He argued: 'To make it fair play we should be able to spend as much as Manchester United spent.  That would be fair?  Fair play would be everybody having £30 million or whatever to spend on the team.  You have seven teams at the top on another planet.'

Steve Bruce could be loser from Hull upheaval

I have a lot of time for Steve Bruce as a manager.  First, I think that he is a genuine football person who is underrated as a manager.  Indeed, he is being talked about as a possible future England manager.   Second, he is a nice guy.  When he was managing Birmingham City, a friend bumped into him in a Warwickshire pub and he was willing to chat to an ordinary football fan who was not a Blues supporter.

American investors size up Spurs

An American investment group is in the 'preliminary stages' of considering a bid for Tottenham Hotspur. The club's potential is tied up with the redevelopment of White Hart Lane and it is thought that a bid is unlikely until progress is made on the stadium plans.   

It is also questionable whether Cain Hoy would meet the near £1bn valuation of Spurs by owner Joe Lewis, a currency trader who has been Tottenham's majority shareholder since 2001.

Newcastle not for sale

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has denied reports that the club is for sale.   It had been suggested that he was interesting in taking over Rangers in which he has a 9 per cent stake.  However, he has also said that he will not be buying any more shares in Rangers.

A takeover at some point in the future has not been completely ruled out, however, as he has said that he will not sell the club until the end of next season.

Spurs deny takeover reports

Tottenham Hotspur have denied newspaper reports that the club would be put up for sale for £1bn.  This followed the news that the club would have to relocate away from White Hart Lane for one season while the stadium was rebuilt.

Football and the referendum

It was bound to happen: someone would write an article about football and the Scottish referendum. Fortunately it's soccer economics guru Stefan Szymanski who writes perceptively about these issues.

His main focus is on the existence of four national teams in the UK which is resented elsewhere (although a combined UK team would be more of a threat).   He considers what would happen if there was a yes vote or a no vote.   A yes vote might lead to demands for a 'rUK' national team.

Manchester United pay price

The effects of poor performance (by their standards) on the pitch are being felt by Manchester United.   Revenue and profits are expected to fall in 2015 in the absence of Champions League income.  Even so, the club's revenues and earnings are still far in excess of Premier League rivals.

Where should FFP fine money go?

It has been argued that as many as half of the clubs in the Championship could fall foul of the new financial fair play regulations, although figure is on the high side given the legitimate deductions that can be made from losses such as for youth development.

Clubs like Charlton are lobbying for a share of any fines imposed.   Their chief executive Katrien Meire estimates that they could receive £2m from a share of any fine on QPR.