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The Premiership


Liverpool and United top TV table

Manchester United and Liverpool are the two clubs that attract the largest number of viewers at home reports Sporting Intelligence in a blog post that contains a lot of fascinating information.   In the couch potato stakes, Manchester United matches attract an average of 1.4 million viewers and those of Liverpool 1.31m.   No other team gets above 1.2 million.

United seal adidas deal

With the completion of their 10-year £750m kit deal with adidas, Manchester United stand to earn about £143m annually from their three main commercial deals.   The other two are with Chevolet, who are paying £357m over seven years to sponsor the club's shirts and Aon, whose sponsorship of the club's shirts and Carrington training base is worth £136m over eight years.

Nike quit at United

Adidas is expected to sign a 10-year deal to supply Manchester United's kit that could be worth up to £750m after rival Nike declined to match the German company's offer.   It is likely to be the biggest deal in football and worth more than double that Real Madrid has with the company.

Prolonged talks between Nike and United to extend the 13-year kit deal ended with a statement from the US company saying the terms on offer 'did not represent good value for Nike's shareholders' and that its relationship would end after next season.

No deal yet at Villa

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has issued a statement saying that talks on the sale of the club have been productive and ongoing.   However, no deal on a sale has been reached eight weeks after the club was officially put on a market.

Are Baggies too prudent?

To say that Baggies fans were underwhelmed by the appointment of Alan Irvine as manager would be an understatement. There was no support for him from fans on social media and that was also evident from Central TV interviews at The Hawthorns after a Father's Day event there yesterday. One young fan summed it up when he said, 'I know absolutely nothing about him, but I think he's rubbish.'

Premiership has not harmed national team

Conventional wisdom asserts that with two-thirds of starting players in the Premier League coming from outside England, few English players can develop.   However, this view has been challenged by Stefan Szymanski, the football economics guru from the University of Michigan.

Premiership revenues top £2.5bn

Premier League clubs’ revenue reached a record £2,525m in 2012/13, according to the 23rd Annual Review of Football Finance from the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. In total, the revenue of the top 92 clubs in English football reached almost £3.2 billion.

How smart clubs use amortisation

Amortisation sounds like and is deadly dull accountants speak, but smart clubs can and do use it to their advantage.   Basically it means spreading a transfer fee over the lifetime of a contract.  That allows for creative accounting opportunities to comply with financial fair play (FFP) regulations.

Sports lawyer Daniel Geey takes the example of the David Luiz transfer to explain how it makes it easier for both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea to comply with FFP.

Medium-term uncertainty at United

The death of Malcolm Glazer will have no immediate effect on Manchester United.   He never visited Old Trafford and was never listed as owner of the club.  His sons Joel and Avram are co-chairmen.

The 90 per cent of the shares not listed on the New York Stock Exchange are split between Joel and Avram and their siblings Bryan, Kevin, Edward and Darcie.   Little is known about the intentions of the last three and this does create some uncertainty in the medium term.   Eventually, more of the club might be sold in a float.

New commercial deals key to Liverpool's success

New commercial deals are key to Liverpool's continuing success as the club prepares for the Champions League.   The constraints of the stadium, and the financial situation of the fans, means that ticket sales cannot generate much more revenue.  The club is raising average adult season ticket prices next year by the rate of inflation.

The share of Premier League central revenues has gone up from £55m in 2012-13 to £97.5m.   That will go some way to overcoming a loss of £49.9m in 2012-13, although there have been substantial transfer expenditures this season.