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English Leagues


Premier League goes for 3-D

The Premier League will earn £1.4 billion over a three-year period to 2103 for its overseas broadcasting rights.  But it sees great potential for expanding this stream of income, much more so than in the domestic market.

Ipswich Town need success for benefactor

Most Championship clubs aspire to the riches of the Premiership, but the need may be more pressing for Ipswich Town than most.   The club's chief executive has warned that the commitment of owner Marcus Evans might be 'tested' by another mid-table finish.

Spurs fans advocate community share scheme

In an effort to kick start the re-development of White Hart Lane and give Tottenham Hostpur a more fitting stadium, a group of Spurs fans had suggested a community share scheme as a way forward.

There is also an interview about the proposal on one of the Spurs fan sites.

How much fans pay per goal

Four Four Two has attempted to work out how much fans pay per goal.  They have taken the price of a season ticket for a seat halfway up the stand above the halfway line and then divided that by the goals scored in their home league games last season.

Not surprisingly, five London teams top the list: West Ham, Fulham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur who top the list at £47.17 per goal.  Next in line are Birmingham City and Ipswich.

Non-league clubs close

The past couple of weeks has seen more non-league clubs close.  There are usually special factors in each case, but what is perhaps surprising is that the majority of the recent examples are in prosperous towns in southern England where the recession has struck less hard.   In general, however, non-league clubs are vulnerable to cash flow problems and often do not control their own grounds.

North-South divide

The divide between a more prosperous north and a less prosperous south may have had a long-term impact on football, although one has to remember that in the early days of the game there was a preponderance of teams in the north.

Wrexham face closure threat

With their players effectively on strike after the club ran out of money, Wrexham FC face a real threat of closure.   The club has been mired in financial problems for years, but the latest blow came when Crusaders, who have shared the ground, withdrew their application for a Rugby Super League license because they had run out of cash.

Commons report on football published

The report of the House of Commons select committee on Media, Culture and Sport on football has been published.   The report has been welcomed by fans' organisation Supporters Direct and says the things one would expect it to say about transparency and good governance of the game.

Breakaway league back on agenda

After a decade when it has not been a serious agenda item the idea of a breakaway European Super League is back on the agenda of football.   This time it is not a group of media interests but Europe's top clubs that are considering the idea.

Air Asia boss makes bid for QPR

Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes is reported to be making a £100m bid for QPR.   This follows the news that steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal is ready to sell his 33 per cent stake in the club following his bust up with Bernie Ecclestone who has a 62 per cent share.   This spring Mr Mittal tried to increase his stake to become the majority shareholder but had no joy.