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More ticket price rises on the way at Liverpool

It looks as if more ticket price rises are on the way at Liverpool to help pay for the redevelopment of the main stand.   Providing more capacity, and in particular more hospitality suites, is seen as crucial to the club's continued ability to compete at the top level.   Good progress is being made in finding a sponsor for the stand.

Swansea City takeover unlikely to proceed

Swansea City can celebrate with justification after completing the double over Manchester United and staying in the top half of the table all season, no mean feat from a city (known in Welsh as Abertawe) that is not that large or that prosperous.   The club has, however, clearly been well run after recovering from some dark days.

Obstacle to Spurs stadium plans removed

A major obstacle to Tottenham Hotspur's plans to redevelop White Hart Lane into a 21st century stadium has been removed.   A family firm lost an attempt in the High Court to quash a compulsory purchase order issued against them.   

Baggies could be for sale

West Bromwich Albion could be for sale to the right buyer.   The club is believed to have sounded out contacts in the City after the announcement of the new £5 billion Premier League television deal.  Jeremy Peace is the dominant shareholder at The Hawthorns and has been in charge for 13 years.

The club is in good financial health and is currently the top club in the West Midlands in terms of its position in the table.   Pre-tax profits of £14.7m have been reported in the year ending June 2014 on sales of £86.8m.

Sky customers will have to pay up

Sky customers will have to meet part of the cost of the new Premier League television rights deal.  Some reports suggest that subscriptions could go up by as much as £4 a month.

Sky has pledged to reduce its spending by a further £600m over three years, or 17 per cent of its addressable costs, to fund its bid.  Most savings will come from encouraging customers to make inquiries online, rather than phoning its customer call centres.

The challenge for Villa

Aston Villa have now appointed Tim Sherwood as manager, although some doubts have been expressed about whether he is the right man to lead them out of the relegation zone.   If the unthinkable happened and Villa were relegated, West Bromwich Albion would be the only team representing the West Midlands, including the country's 'second city', in the Premier League.  They had a great cup win yesterday, but it is difficult to see them going above mid-table in the league.

Did Scudamore score an own goal?

There has been plenty of moral outrage at the amount of money coming into the Premier League under the new television deal and the amount of money being paid to its players.   One political economy blog has already asked me to write a suitably indignant piece which really be a less eloquent rendering of the kind of article that David Conn writes so well in The Guardian.

Premiership TV bonanza

The amount paid by broadcasters for three years of Premier League television rights from 2016-17 has exceeded all expectations.   Sky and BT agreed to pay £5,16bn over the period: three years ago they paid just £3bn for the rights.   Sky is spending more on its own that the City estimated the whole auction would realise.

The mysteries of the Premier League auction

The first round of the blind auction for Barclays Premier League television rights is now taking place.  The exact rules used are not made public, but it is possible to make an intelligent guess.

Could West Ham overtake Spurs?

This article argues that West Ham could overtake Spurs on and off the pitch.   There is no doubt that the move to the Olympic Stadium represents a big opportunity for West Ham.   For example, fast train connections from Stratford International will present new marketing opportunities in Kent, taking it beyond its traditional base in East London and Essex.