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Bristol Rovers sue Sainsbury's

As Bristol Rovers prepare for a play-off final that could return them to the Football League after one season, they are also appearing in the High Court to sue Sainsbury's.

The supermarket chain was going to bulldoze the Memorial Ground to build a supermarket.   However, with the changes in the retail sector, they have pulled out of the scheme.   They claim that it is because they are unhappy with conditions in the planning permission that restrict the number of trucks that can deliver at night.

Sky Blues consider Rugby stadium

Coventry City have been in talks with planners in Rugby about possible sites within their area for a new stadium.  However, as the sites are in green belt land, the talks will need to be concluded by September before the local plan is submitted.

The Sky Blues have apparently ruled out a new stadium within the boundaries of Coventry.  The Ricoh Arena is now owned by Wasps rugby football club.

New Spurs stadium could stage NFL

Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium could host American football matches.  Plans for the new stadium show a much larger changing room in the East Stand.  A typical ''locker room' must accommodate 53 players and 15-20 coaches, far more than for a football team.

Wembley has hosted at least one NFL match a year since 2007.  There will be three more games there in October and November.   Jacksonville Jaguars have an agreement to play a home game at Wembley every year from 2013 to 2016.   The Football Association is thought to collect about £3m per game.

MLS faces political challenges

Major League Soccer in the United States is facing increasing political challenges.   Taxpayers are increasingly unwilling to fund new stadiums.   Even if direct subsidies are not needed, tax breaks often are.

Gibraltar's stadium dilemma

Gibraltar's international team scored their first goal in an international competition against Scotland yesterday.   A policeman scored the goal.

Gibraltar is the fifth oldest football association in the world, founded in 1895. They have more than 2,600 registered players, 8 per cent of the national population. There is an artificial surface at the 2,400 capacity Victoria Stadium, which hosts all games in the national league (two divisions plus reserves), plus youth matches and training sessions.

Russian World Cup stadium behind schedule

There is nothing unusual in new sports stadiums behind schedule and over budget.   However, the Zenit Arena which is being built in St. Petersburg for the 2018 World Cup in Russia appears to be in a class of its own.  It is seven years behind schedule and the cost is likely to be at least €1bn compared with an original estimate of €190m.

Russian World Cup stadium behind schedule

There is nothing unusual in new sports stadiums behind schedule and over budget.   However, the Zenit Arena which is being built for the 2018 World Cup in Russia appears to be in a class of its own.  It is seven years behind schedule and the cost is likely to be at least €1bn compared with an original estimate of €190m.

New stadium plans could boost Imps

Former Football League clubs find the Conference something of a challenge.   There is only one automatic promotion place with one promotion place being awarded through the lottery of play offs.  The revenue of clubs is hit badly while they have to try and adjust their budgets.   Hereford United went under and are being reborn as a phoenix club.

Financial fair play boosts the super clubs

Policy analysts know that one of the many causes of governance failure is that policies can have unintended effects.   So it has proved with Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) scheme.

It has boosted the super clubs that form Europe's elite which is why they did not oppose the measure.  It is now more difficult for a benefactor to boost a club just outside the top level like Manchester City or Paris Saint Germain.   They have been penalised under the FFP regulations for daring to break into the cartel.

Success story for Spitfires

There was a record attendance of 4,126 at the Silverlake Stadium, Eastleigh for the visit of Macclesfield Town last Saturday.   The BT cameras were also present for a live screening of the game.  Eastleigh won 4-0 and are just outside the play off places in the Conference.