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The case for and against raising Liverpool's ticket prices

Fenway Sports Group have received praise for withdrawing their plan to increase ticket prices at Liverpool in the face of fan protests.   National fan organisations hope that it will be the start of a wider move to freeze or reduce prices.

Cardiff owner writes off debts

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has converted £65m of the club's debts into equity.  He hopes that the club will be debt free in five years.

The club is currently under a transfer embargo for a breach of financial fair play rules, but he hopes this move will lead to the lifting of the embargo.

Manchester United stride ahead financially

Despite disappointment on the pitch, Manchester United are striding ahead financially.   They are on track to become the first English club to earn £500m in a year.

Their second quarter figures for the period ending 31 December 2015 show that revenue was up by 26.6 per cent to £133.8m.   Commercial revenue was up a staggering 42.5 per cent to £66.1m, driven by the lucrative new deal with adidas.

Hibs fans urged to give bigger backing to buy out

Hibernian fans have been urged to give greater backing to their buy out vehicle, Hibernian Supporters Limited.   So far they have contributed £250,000 and own seven-and-a-half per cent of the shares.  It is hoped that by the end of the year they will have raised £500k.

Premier League to end relegation?

There has been renewed speculation about the possibility of the Barclays Premier League ending promotion and relegation on the American model.   This latest bout of speculation has been inspired by the impending takeover of Everton which, it is suggested, could mean that there would be the necessary fourteen clubs to vote through change.

With the increasing broadcasting revenues, a number of clubs are taking the view that relegation is no longer affordable.

New clamp down on streaming

Premier League officials are in talks with cyber-security companies in an effort to stop fans watching their matches on illegal online streams.

In recent years, the number of fans using the internet to stream games shown live by foreign broadcasters has risen sharply.   Some of the most popular broadcasters are in Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

Everton deal moves closer

With due diligence undertaken, a £200m takeover of Everton could be completed in the next few weeks.  It is understood that the pace of talks has picked up.   Two China-based investors are also interested, but they have made much less progress.

The club has emphasised that the construction of a new stadium nearby in Walton Hall Park will depend as much on a partnership with the city council as outside investment.

Liverpool discuss ticket price structure

Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and senior officials at Liverpool discussed the club's controversial new ticket pricing structure after around 25 per cent of fans walked out in the 77th minute of the game against Sunderland.

FSG were apparently surprisd by the size of the protest and disappointed by accusations of avarice.  They felt they had covered the issues raised during the consultation period.  However, more prices have gone up than come down.

Stadium move for Torquay?

Torquay United are considering a move to an out of town stadium after the local council confirmed that Plainmoor was needed for housing.   Talks are taking place with an American firm that would see the company pay for a new 6,000 capacity home in exchange for the land.

Torquay were on the brink of closure last summer and are currently in the relegation positions in the National League.

United strike deal with film company

Manchester United have struck the first deal between a football club and a film company.   Major films from 20th Century Fox will be advertised in Premier League matches and in post-match interview backdrops.

Premier League games are broadcast to 730 million homes each week with Manchester United accounting for more than half of the league's global TV audience.   During the 2013-14 season the club's biggest match was watched by 82 million people, and it has estimated that its global audience for the season was 3 billion.