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Premier League Opening Fixtures

The 2019-20 Premier League season will start with Champions League winners Liverpool hosting promoted Norwich City on Friday, 9 August.

Champions Manchester City will open the defence of their title the following day with a trip to West Ham. read more…

Farhad Moshiri increases stake in Everton

Everton made another financial readjustment in its shareholding structure with billionaire owner majority owner Farhad Moshiri increasing his ownership from 68.6% to 77.2%.

Moshiri had previously indicated that he planned to increase his stake in the club to above 75% in order to give him more boardroom control. (more…)

Everton’s matchday income keeps dropping

  • Everton’s matchday revenue has decreased most of the current Premier League teams.
  • Moving to a bigger stadium, or just increasing capacity, as Liverpool have done, will massively grow matchday revenue.
  • But the cost of building a new stadium keeps piling up: “Each year the new stadium train gets faster and faster,” said one expert.
  • Everton is failing to keep up their matchday revenue at Goodison Park on a large scale.

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La Liga president continues row with Manchester City

La Liga president Javier Tebas has continued his attack on Manchester City for what he calls “financial doping” while also dismissing claims his criticism was due to a racially-motivated dislike of Arabs.

City’s chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, responding to Tebas’ scathing claims that the club and Paris St Germain were “ruining football” with the income they received from petrol and gas and should be kicked out of the Champions League, suggested Tebas and the Spanish league were “jealous” of their success. read more…

West Ham’s new shirt deal

 West Ham United have signed an extension of their shirt sponsorship contract with Betway in a six-year agreement that will run until 2025.

The partnership is worth £10 million a year, the biggest deal in the Premier League outside of the “Big Six” clubs. read more…

Real Madrid ‘most valuable club in Europe’

Real Madrid has overtaken Manchester United and been named most valuable European football club, being worth about €3.22bn (£2.91bn), says KPMG.

The Spanish club tops KPMG’s study of top sides’ “enterprise value”.

The report, based on the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, studied profitability, broadcasting rights, popularity, sporting potential and stadium value. read more…

Liverpool top earnings list

Liverpool earned over £152m from the Premier League this season, £1.44m more than champions Manchester City, after featuring in the most live UK TV games.

The Reds, who finished runners-up last season with a record tally of 97 points, were on Sky Sports or BT Sport 29 times, three more than City. read more…

BT Sport To Show Champions League Final For Free On YouTube

U.K. broadcaster BT Sport sill stream the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League finals live for free on YouTube for the fourth consecutive season – with viewers on the BT Sport application available to watch the latter in HD HDR.

All four finalists are from England – the first time that both major European finals will be contested by clubs from the same country.

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Real Madrid named most valuable club

Real Madrid has been named the most valuable football brand in the world, leapfrogging English side Manchester United, according to Brand Finance’s annual report.

Brand Finance’s methodology takes in factors such as match day revenue, broadcast revenue and commercial revenue. It then produces a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score out of 100 and uses this to extrapolate future revenue estimations using royalty rates.

Real Madrid’s brand value increased by 26.9 per cent from 2018 to 2019 and is now worth more than €1.6 billion (US$1.79 billion).

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