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FA Cup cash payments to change

The basis on which payments are made to clubs for FA cup success may change.  The sums received can be a financial lifeline for lower league and non-league clubs.   There was resentment that the £144,000 fees for live broadcasts in the third round all went to larger clubs.   

Has Chinese spending got out of hand?

Soocer economics guru Stefan Szymanski thinks that, among the Asian nations, China is most likely to produce a globally competitive soccer league in the next decade.   That is because it is following the European model: spend, spend, spend.

The magic of the FA Cup?

As usual, there were some unexpected results in yesterday's FA Cup games.  However, some Premiership clubs put out weakened teams, while attendances were generally low, in some cases because of supporter boycotts.

Millwall may be forced to quit their historic home

Millwall may be forced to quit their historic home in New Cross.   It looks as if Lewisham Council will approve a compulsory purchase order on land around the New Den next week.   This is needed for a so-called 'regeneration' project involving a mystery offshore developer with links with Lewisham Council.

New hope for Everton

If you look at today's Premier League table there are the top six clubs (three from London, two from Manchester, one from Merseyside) and then nine points behind the last of the top six can be found Everton.  Given their history, Everton fans feel that they also qualify as a top club.

Farhad Moshiri has a 49.9 per cent stake in the club and he has made them a £80m interest free loan. He has vowed to return them to the elite of English football.

Leeds deal sealed

After several months of rumour and negotiation, 50 per cent of Leeds United has been sold to Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani.   

Massimo Cellino's stake reduces to 30 per cent.  It may in time reduce further.  Radrizzani is understood to have an option to buy the rest of the club in the summer.

Record attendances

Gate money is less and less important to top clubs compared with broadcasting revenue and income from commercial sponsorship.   That is not to say that it is insgnificant, otherwise clubs would not bother spending large sums of money to expand their stadiums (although there is a prestige element there as well).   Gate money can give clubs a financial edge.

Some of the highest matchday ticket price are now to be found in the Championship.  Rotherham United fans had to pay £42 for the privilege of seeing their side beaten 3-0 by Leeds United yesterday.

Suppose Brighton were deducted points?

Ed Thompson has come up with a new analysis of the financial fair play (now 'profitability and sustainability') rules in the Championship as his original one contained a mistake, not surprising given the complexity of the rules and the uncertainty of their application.

Consider this hypothetical scenario.   It has been known for some time that Brighton and Hove Albion have been close to breaching the rules, although how close is difficult to assess on the available data.

Football in resorts: an overview

This article presents an overview of the work on football and resorts presented in recent postings.  First, a word about methodogy, if such a term can be used for a rather subjective, back of the envelope exercise.

First, not all seaside towns are resorts, e.g., ports have not been counted.   Second, there are inland resorts that derive a substantial proportion of their income from the tourist and conference trade, e.g., Bath, Harrogate, York.

Catch 22 for MLS

MLS captured only seven per cent of the US television market for soccer from August to December.  A third of viewers watched the Mexican Liga, reflecting the importance of the Hispanic audience.   22 per cent watched the Engish Premier League.