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Pompey points deduction confirmed

The Football League has given a cautious welcome to the acquistion of Portsmouth by the club's Supporters' Trust.   However, if and when the transfer of ownership does occur, the already announced ten point deduction for entering administration will then apply.

Seagulls break attendance records

Brighton and Hove Albion are set for the third biggest jump in attendances over a two year period since league football started in 1888.   Should they maintain their present average of 25,446 in the Championship, they would have achieved a rise of 246 per cent compared with the figure of 7,351 in 2010-11.

Last season, an average of 20,027 watched their league games, but stadium development has allowed for another rise this season with a capacity of around 27,500 at the Amex Stadium.   The capacity at the Withdean Stadium was 8,850.

Sky Blues face expulsion from Ricoh

Coventry City have been given until Boxing Day to settle their £1.1m debt to the Ricoh Stadium or face expulsion from the ground.   They would then have to go into liquidation or face a winding up order.

A different way of ranking teams

The Football League Power Rankings devised by Karl Sears analyse stats and results from all Premier League and Football League games this season to give each team a Power Ranking score.  The points are awarded based on a particular criterion. These include the match result, Standard of Opponent, Match Goal Difference, League Position Differential, Away win and Clean Sheets.

West Ham top choice for Olympic Stadium

As expected West Ham United have been named the preferred bidders for a tenancy in the Olympic Stadium.   The decision was taken unanimously by the board of the London Legacy Development Ciorporation (LLDC). But as London mayor Boris Johnson has emphasised, there is still a lot of negotiating to do.

Pompey fans would like to settle out of court

Portsmouth Supporters' Trust (PST) would like to settle their dispute with Balram Chainrai's Portpin group over the control of Fratton Park out of court.   The PST need to secure control of the ground to complete their takeover of the club.

However, with the court hearing due next week, there has been no contact between the two teams of lawyers and this does not bode well in terms of an out-of-court settlement.

Transfer window could see big spending

With prices high and bargains rare, clubs are not usually incentivised to go out and spend in the January transfer window.  In the last post-Christmas window the net spend was just £32.3m.   However, it may be different this year.   The compressed nature of the table may give clubs the motive to splash the cash.

Club football in Brazil booms

Brazil's top football clubs earned revenue of $1bn in the 2011 season, up nearly 30 per cent from a year earlier, as they gained a greater share of income from television rights.  They have been helped by the rise of pay TV in Brazil with clubs now drawing 26 per cent of their income from TV rights.

This sudden increase in wealth is allowing Brazilian clubs to persuade more top talent to stay at home and to draw some players back from overseas.   A rising middle class is producing rapid growth in telecoms, media and the entertainment industries.

Agents get more from top flight clubs

If you wonder where all the money earned by the Barclays Premier League goes, quite a lot ends up in the pockets of agents.   They paid a total of £77m to them in the year ending September 2012, a rise of £5.1m or 7 per cent compared with the preceding year.

Manchester City lead the way for the second successive year having paid just over £10.5m to agents. Liverpool are second with £8.6m followed by Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. Did  QPR get value for their outlay of £6.8m which represented a trebling of the amount they spent last year?

What would a salary cap mean for clubs?

Premier League clubs are considering a salary cap and sports lawyer Daniel Geey offers a detailed appraisal of the proposals on his blog, including the implications for individual clubs.

Geey notes that one of the main drivers for this proposal is the desire on the part of clubs not to see increased television revenues go straight into the pockets of players.  Arsene Wenger has recently noted that high wages are now more of a problem than transfer fees.