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Clubs in shirt sleeves arms race

Football clubs are in an arms race to get sponsorship logos on players shirt sleeves after the Football League sanctioned opening up the sleeve at the end of last year.  The logo has to be placed on the left sleeve.

Internet giants may bid for Premier League matches

There is a growing expectation that Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter could enter the race for the next round of Premier League television rights which will be open to tender towards the end of the year.

Chinese buyer interested in United stake

An unknown Chinese buyer has expressed an interest in buying out some of Manchester United's shareholders.  Negotiators claiming to act for a billionaire investor have contacted some of United's independent shareholders in recent weeks over a possible deal to buy a stake in the club.

Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn slams owner

Jeremy Corbyn told the owner of Arsenal to 'stick to football' yesterday after it was revealed that the American billionaire Stan Kroenke had launched an online hunting channel that shows lions and elephants being killed for sport.   My Outdoor TV has been described as the Netflix of the hunting, shooting and fishing world.

Big variations in Premier League wages

There is considerable variation in Premier League wages with an almost four to one ratio between the club with the highest average wages in 2015-16 and the club with the lowest.  Data from thepriceofffootball shows that five clubs had average wages of over £100,000 a week, led by Manchester United on £119,088, followed by Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.

There was a big gap between Arsenal on £100,198 and Tottenham Hotspur on £51,304.  Bournemouth was the most parsimonious club on £30,542.

Illegal streamers blocked

Football fans will find it more difficult to stream matches illegally after a High Court blocking order hailed as a major victory by the Premier League.

The Premiership has obtained an injunction requiring internet service providers to promptly block access to servers that are illegally showing its games this season.   Once notified by the Premier League, the ISPs must act while the match is being played.   Some ISPs will be especially willing to cooperate as they are the victims of piracy themselves.

39th game back on agenda

Following the success of the Asia Trophy involving Premier League clubs, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has revived the idea of a round of fixtures to be played abroad.

Richard Scudamore first advanced the idea in 2008, but it was dropped after a tidal wave of opposition from fans.   However, he thinks that there is now an increasing recognition from fans that the Premier League and its clubs are a global success story.

Keeping Sanchez is a long-term decision

Arsenal's refusal to sell Alexis Sanchez is influenced by long-term economic factors.  With Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain interested, they could probably get £50m for him now, whereas they will receive nothing when his contract expires in a year's time.

Sanchez had indicated that he wanted to leave the club in an interview last weekend, citing a desire to play in the Champions League next season.

Why we haven't yet seen the £100m player

Paul Tomkins has taken a fascinating look at how football transfer fees in the past look like when they are expressed in 2017 prices.   Inflation has just about doubled since the formation of the Premier League in 1992 but the cost of a top rank footballer has gone up about twenty times.

Everton's Age of Austerity is over

Everton's age of austerity is over.    They were last among the big spenders in the late 1980s.  However, under new owner Farhad Moshiri they are targeting a top six finish and have splashed out £85m in the summer transfer window.

They have organised a £60m credit facility from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.