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Korean league crisis boosts Premiership

Overseas television revenues are becoming an increasingly important part of overall Premier League revenues.   A big share of these revenues comes from Asia which also has the greatest growth potential, not least in China.   One reason for the popularity of the Premier League there is that in most East Asian countries gambling is very popular.    Premier League matches are seen as reliable events not susceptible to fixing.

What Bernard tells you about Bosman

Since the European Court of Justice delivered its landmark Bosman ruling in 1995 there has been an increase in the number of sports cases brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJ)  and also of the policy and political initiatives of the EU in relation to sport.   This trend culminated in the introduction of an EU sport competence in Article 165 of the Lisbon Treaty.

EU law and football: the genie is out of the bottle

At the end of last week I attended the 6th annual conference of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union at Nottingham Trent University.   I was presenting on the Premier League, but there were a number of other fascinating papers that gave me new insights into the interface between sport and law, the governance of football and future business trends.    I will be reporting on these papers over the next week or so.

Greek football in crisis

Greece is effectively insolvent and many commentators think that despite the efforts of the European Union and the IMF to prop up the economy it will have to default on its debts sooner or later, the first advanced country to do so for sixty years.   Now a major crisis has developed in Greek football and it is inextricably linked to the economic crisis and the country's problems of corruption.

MUST give cautious welcome to United float plan

Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) have given a cautious welcome to the idea of the club being floated by the Glazers on the Hong Kong stock exchange.   They point out that while fans may not like the idea of the Glazers walking away with a big profit, the long-term interests of the club should be paramount.

Supporters Direct under threat

The future of Supporters Direct is under threat.   Leading football journalist David Conn has researched the story and it appears that some indiscreet tweets (here we go again) seem likely to lead to the withdrawal of Premier League funding just as it was about to be granted.

Football in Iran

The Economist used the recent death of Iranian goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi to reflect on the state of football in Iran.   Hejazi was a critic of the regime and was even banned from Iranian television for a while.   20,000 people turned up to the first part of his funeral at a stadium, some of them chanting anti-government slogans.   His body was spirited away for a secret burial.

Organised crime and football

Sepp Blatter and Fifa have a mission to develop football in the Global South.   That's fair enough: the international organisation of which I am vice-president has a similar mission in its field of activity.


However, in some countries football faces particular challenges from criminal organisations.  One such country is Colombia where the Fifa under-20 World Cup kicks off on July 29th.  It is the biggest sporting event ever held in the country and 250,000 tickets have been sold.

Winning the war at Fifa

Konstanz, BRD: Now that the dust has settled after last week's events in Zurich, and sitting just a few miles from the Swiss border, it is perhaps a good time to review the way ahead at Fifa from an English perspective.

FA challenge Blatter

The English and Scottish Football Associations are undoubtedly right to call for Fifa's presidential election tomorrow to be postponed but whether they will get anywhere is another matter.