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BT's Champions League coup

BT is understood to have won the rights from Uefa to televise the Champions League and the Europa League for three years from 2015. Under the present deal worth £400m the lion's share of the games go to ITV rather than Sky.

BT is thought to have paid almost £1 billion, double what the former two companies paid to share the current contract in 2011. Uefa had hoped for £600m so its hopes have been exceeded. Some of the extra money will find its way into Champions League prizes, making the financial importance of qualification even greater.

Sky links up with Twitter

British Sky Broadcasting has teamed up with Twitter to share video highlights of Uefa Champions League football in real time. Sky's plan to share some of its most valuable sports clips free with social media users is a coup for Twitter.

Starting today with three Champions League games including Barcelona against Milan, the Sky Sports Twitter account will share highlights including instant replays of the best goals and post-match interviews. The aim of the project is to promote Sky's sports channels and its internet service Now TV.

BSkyB hit by battle with BT

Although BSkyB has taken a hit from its battle with BT, its quarterly results were better than expected. Even so, it has had to spend more on content and marketing. However, the real beneficiaries of the competition are top clubs who are likely to receive even more for televising their matches.

It's getting tougher at the top says Wenger

Arsene Wenger reflected changing global geopolitical realities and the way they are changing football when he commented at Arsenal's annual general meeting, 'Our world is changing quickly. Europe as a continent is becoming poorer, the rest of the world is becoming richer, especially Asia, and these people invest in football in Europe.' Erck Thohir, an Indonesian billionaire, bought a 70 per cent stake in Inter Milan this week to become the second foreign owner in Serie A.

Uefa punish six clubs

Uefa have temporarily withheld prize money from six clubs who took part in last season's competitions while they further investigate their financial affairs.   This can be seen as a warning shot across the bows and it has not been taken against a major club in one of the 'big five' leagues.

Platini: 'I'll see you in court'

For some time I have been suggesting that a club penalised by Uefa's financial fair play rules would challenge them in court.   But now it appears that Michel Platini himself is eager to sue a club to enforce his organisation's rules.

City best paid sports team in world

With an average salary of £100,764, Manchester City are now the best paid sports team in the world. Real Madrid have dropped back to 3rd place and Barcelona to 4th, although that partly reflects the effect of currency flictuations.

Paradox of Champions League money

Uefa gave out a total of €904.6m to last season's Champions League competitors.   Yet the most money (€65.3m) went to Juventus who got knocked out in the quarter finals by the eventual winners Bayern Munich who received €54.1m.

Everton's dilemma illustrates a broader problem

Everton's 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane is a creditable result and must give them renewed hope as they face a tough end of the season with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea still to play away from home.

Everton face a dilemma.   Everton manager David Moyes believes that earning a place in next season's Europa League would enhance his side's prospects of keeping their best players and make them a more attractive proposition for potential transfer targets.

Would Uefa's FFP rules stand up in court?

We have consistently taken the view that Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules are open to challenge in court.    It is therefore interesting to see Belgian lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont, who was part of the team who won the Bosman case in 1995, arguing a similar case in the Wall Street Journal.