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Sky gets mobile rights

Sky has bought the rights to show Premier League highlights on mobile devices, as it seeks to attract viewers beyond the TV set.   It will share the rights with The Times and The Sun both owned by Sky's major shareholder Rupert Murdoch through News Corp.   The two papers have 626,000 digital subscribers, compared with millions of sports customers at Sky.

Arsenal ready for transfer splurge

Arsenal have £200m in a bank and are prepared to authorise big spending on transfers this summer, according to Arsenal director Lord Harris.   The club would be prepared to break its £42m transfer record.

The actual transfer budget for the summer is £50m.   There is no doubt that the club's financial transfer position has improved since the greater part of the costs of the move to the Emirates was met.

Wenger: United have abandoned youth policy

Arsene Wenger has accused Manchester United of abandoning their traditional youth development policy in favour of using their financial firepower.  He contrasted their approach to that of Arsenal, which he claims remains geared to producing players, albeit many of them recruited as teenagers from all over the world.

Wenger admits that United do not have the calibre of players like Ryan Giggs and David Beckham inside the club because youth talent is spread more through 20 clubs than it was a couple of decades ago.

Bournemouth's potential

Looking at Bournemouth's prospects in the Premiership, this article argues that the club is situated in a 'football wilderness'.   I'm not sure that Southampton being 35 miles away makes it quite like that.

Shirt sponsorship deals break through £200m barrier

Thanks to new deals at Chelsea and Liverpool, Premier League shirt sponsorship deals have broken through the £200m barrier for the first time.   The total value of all deals is now £218.65m.  This is over twice the value of all deals in the German Bundesliga.

United's tour boosts sponsors

Manchester United's 17th successive summer pre-season tour, this year in the United States, has been meticulously planned both in footballing terms, to keep the demands on players within bounds, and also to boost sponsors.   The club is working tirelessly to deliver for their sponsors with the entertaining of every VIP guest a personalised experience.

Super size shirts

Knowing the market for your merchandise in football or any part of the economy involves identifying niche markets that you can satisfy. There are some very large fans around and three clubs are producing their 2015-16 shirts in 6XL size.

The three clubs are Arsenal, Aston Villa and Norwich City, but there is no reason to suppose that they have more very large fans than any other clubs. Some clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, sell 5XL shirts.

Villa talks dead in water

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has said that takeover talks for the club are 'dead in the water'.   Exclusivity had been granted to a mystery consortium over a £150m takeover, but talks collapsed.

This means that Randy Lerner has failed to sell the club for a second successive summer.   The question that arises is, why?   There is a healthy appetite for acquiring Premiership clubs given the new television deal which means that they require less in the way of subsidy from a new owner.

Wembley may cost Spurs and Chelsea more

Renting Wembley for home games while their stadiuims are redeveloped may cost Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur a lot more than they anticipated.   Chelsea had offered £11m a year, but Wembley may require £15m.

In addition, it may charge additional venue costs, such as security, which could run into millions of pounds. However, the clubs could derive revenue from the increased capacity available to them at Wembley.

Not wanted on tour

It's not unusual for home fans to grumble about pre-season tours, seeing them as cynical marketing exercises that do little to prepare players for the rigours of the season ahead, and sometimes see them getting involved in unfortunate incidents that bring bad publicity.