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Government rebuffs Olympic Stadium petition

The Department of Culture, Media & Sport has issued a firm rebuttal of an online petition calling for a public inquiry into West Ham's tenancy of the Olympic Stadium.   It argues that the detail of the tenancy agreement is commercially sensitive.

The Government points out that the matter has already been tested in the courts and investigated by the European Commission.   It might be possible to trigger a new investigation if someone other than an individual complained.

Record transfer spend hides some changes

Spending by Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window was a record £862m, but this represents just a three per cent increase on last year's £835m.   What is also evident is that the new television deal gives medium-sized Premiership clubs the ability to resist bids for their best players, as exemplified by the case of Berahino and West Bromwich Albion.

Everything you wanted to know about the transfer window

Top sports lawyer Daniel Geey explains everything you want to know about the transfer window.

Why do clubs leave major investment decisions in personnel to the last minute?   Geey points out that they may be the culmination of weeks and months of planning.

Where the transfer cash is going

All the excitement of transfer deadline day is upon us with dedicated television programmes following the last minute developments.   It looks being another record spend by Premier League clubs.

Premier League becoming more dominant

The competitive imbalance in Europe caused by the Premier League's latest television deal is a theme that is drawing increasing attention and the latest person to address it is the sporting director of Wolfsburg. Of course, the deal hasn't kicked in yet, but the transfer dealings of leading Premiership clubs appear to anticipate it.

How football boosts Manchester's economy

The success of Manchester City and Manchester United gives a big boost to the local economy and is estimated to be worth £2.5bn in advertising over the next twenty years.

Greater Manchester has been getting its governance act together in a way that has happened more slowly than in Birmingham or the north-east.   The cause and effect relationship between that and the success or otherwise of the local football teams is a complex one, but it is undoubtedly there.

Two clubs worth over £1bn

A study based on hard data and using a rigorous methodology has found that two Premier League clubs are worth over £1bn.   Manchester United come in at £1.848bn and Arsenal at £1.18bn.   At the other end of the table, Bournemouth are worth £104m.

Could football undermine devolution bid?

The British Government has been trying to devolve powers to city regions in England.  Greater Manchester has forged ahead, but the north-east has lagged behind.

Helen Barbour, the vice-chairman of wax jacket company Barbour, has expressed concern that the rivalry between Newcastle United and Sunderland risked jeopardising the region's bid for devolution.

Brady defends Olympic Stadium deal

Karren Brady has defended West Ham United's move to the Olympic Stadium.   It has been the subject of some criticism, including an online petition.   There is also talk of trying to revive a state aid complaint to the European Union.

City stay within financial fair play rules

Manchester City's spending spree this summer should not get them into trouble under financial fair play rules.   Although their gross spend has been £100m and could go up to around £150m if one more rumoured signing is made, their net spend is £35m.   Even if it went up to £85m, the sum would be spread out over the life of the players' contracts.