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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.

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.

Magpies take a risk

Newcastle United were the biggest spenders in the Barclays Premier League last month, investing £28.5m on three new players.   They appear to have taking a calculated risk that the signings will move them up the table.   Not only are they paying high wages, they have not protected themselves financially in the event that they go down.

Liverpool fans disappointed by new ticket pricing structure

Liverpool fans are disappointed by a new ticket pricing structure at the club.  As well as the outcome, fan groups are dissatisfied with the process by which the decision was taken.   They consider that there was insufficient consultation with fans over a decision taken in Boston.

Brexit would hurt football

Football has become the latest battleground for Brexit campaigners.   Karren Brady, vice-chair of West Ham United and a key member of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign has warned of 'devastating consequences' for the game if the UK votes to quit the EU.

Lady Brady said that in the event of a Brexit, English clubs would find it harder to attract international players, while fans would be stung by higher costs when travelling to games on the continent.

Top clubs want to ring fence Champions League

Leicester City may have every prospect of qualifying for the Champions League this season, but the chances of a club outside the elite taking part will be reduced in future if the European Club Association gets its way.

They are concerned that too many big clubs are finding their way to the competition barred, particularly in the more competitive English and Italian leagues.

Swansea's finances are tightly constrained

A detailed analysis of the finances of Swansea City shows why they cannot splash out in the transfer window.  Deloitte may have ranked them as the 26th wealthiest club in the world, but their finances are tightly constrained.

Wages have been going up faster than turnover.   Stadium capacity is limited and commercial income is relatively small.  81 per cent of revenue comes from television.

Crystal Palace focus on US

After receiving investment from the United States, Crystal Palace intend to focus on the development of their fanbase and their commercial strategy there.   The club is currently the subject of a 'fly on the wall' documentary being shown on American television.