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The Premiership

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Boosting Bournemouth

It has taken a little while to get used to the idea of Bournemouth as a premiership club.  Most of us associate the town with days by the sea, or as a retirement haven, although it is now a vibrant centre for hi tech set ups with two universities.

One unusual by-product of Premiership status, and one I haven't come across before, is a makeover for the local airport.  This will include a dedicated lounge for players and special rates for private jets on match days.

Baggies sale near completion

The sale of West Bromwich Albion to a Chinese consortium is expected to completed by the end of the month.  The price is though to be in the region of £150m.  The club is debt free and has been making a profiit.

Chairman Jeremy Peace owns 88 per cent of the shares in the club.  His generally good record as chairman is assessed here.

Manchester City freed of FFP penalties

Manchester City have had the penalties imposed on them for breach of Uefa's financial fair play rules lifted.   They have been subject to limits on transfer spending and Champions League squad size.  Paris Saint-Germain have also had their sanctions removed.

City were also fined £49m spread over three years, but only the first £16.3m has had to be paid,

Winners in the air miles league

International pre-season tours are not really about preparing the side for the season ahead. Indeed, all the travelling may fatigue the team and being in different climates may not help that much either.

It's really about marketing, increasing the global profile of the team and creating new opportunities to sell merchandise.

Which team is going to rack up the most air miles this summer? The magazine Four Four Two has provided the answers. Manchester City are way ahead by 39,223 miles on a trip that takes them to Toronto, Houston and Melbourne.

Chelsea unveil plans for the Bridge

Chelsea have unveiled their plans for the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge and they are inspired by Westminster Abbey.   The new stands will be wrapped in flying buttresses which come together in a ring in the middle to hold up the roof.

Premier League boosts economy

There's a certain amount of boosterism going on in this report from Ernst & Young on the economic contribution of the Premier League and it would be interesting to check some of the methodology.  For example, do the figures on tax treat VAT in gross or net terms?

Win-win on Cech deal

Petr Cech's move to Arsenal has been portrayed as something of a psychological blow for Chelsea, a shift in the centre of gravity of London football across the capital from west to north.   However, this article reckons that the deal makes good financial sense - for Arsenal as well as for Chelsea.

Court hits financial fair play rules

The Euroean Union's Court of First Instance has struck a blow at Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules, reinforcing the widely held belief that the rules lack a strong legal foundation.

A closed Premier League?

Could the Premier League become a super league with no promotion and relegation in the future?  This scenario is discussed here.

The article also talks about mergers between clubs.   The absence of a mergers as a rationalisation device is something that distinguishes football from other economic sectors.   They do happen occasionally at non-league level.   They are rare above that level, although Inverness Caledonian Thistle is a successful example.

Arsenal splash the cash

The potential signing of Peter Cech from Chelsea could be a sign that the penny pinching days at the Emirates are finally over.   Admittedly, Cech was number two at the Bridge for much of last season, but Chelsea are not keen to see him move across London.