April 28 – When it comes to standing on wallets UEFA clearly has a much bigger one than FIFA. Hours after FIFA announced a $150 million Covid-19 support package for its 211 member associations, UEFA trumped them by more than $85 million, releasing €236.5 million to help its 55 member associations.
April 24 – Germany’s Bundesliga has secured agreements with its major broadcast partners that will enable the league to release money to all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs.
By Andrew Warshaw
April 22 – In a highly unusual move, the English Premier League has been urged by one of its major broadcast partners as well as one of the world’s leading human rights organisations to consider blocking a Saudi-backed consortium’s bid to buy Newcastle United.
April 21 – Sporting Lokeren has been declared bankrupt by a local commercial court after the Belgian club failed to find new investors to solve its debt crisis.
April 20 – The English Football League’s announcement that games in its three divisions will return behind closed doors once government Covid-19 restrictions allow, will not solve what is an increasingly worrying financial health picture for the three tiers of professional football below the Premier League.
April 17 – The Juventus fan token ($JUV) just launched on the Chiliz.net platform saw 24 hour total trading volume pass $600,000 with $JUV volume over $250,000.
By David Owen
April 17 – Leeds United, one-time giants of the English game who were lying top of the second-tier Championship when the season was put into cold storage because of coronavirus, have posted a big loss for the 2018-19 financial year.
April 15 – The on-off sale of Newcastle United, one of English football’s best supported sleeping giants, has moved a significant step closer with reports that a £300 million deal has been agreed.
One of the hallmarks of Big Football over the past 30 years is how remote mega-clubs have got from supporters.
By David Owen
April 14 – Directors’ remuneration at Southampton almost doubled last season, as the south-coast club ran up a pre-tax loss of £41 million.
April 8 – A football merchandise price comparison website based in the north-east of England has secured a £1.625 million round of investment to fund its global expansion plans.
April 3 – The Bundesliga is reportedly looking at private equity firms to raise finance of up to $330 million to help cashflow the league and its clubs through the Covid-19 crisis.
April 2 – The value of player transfer market will fall 28% if no more matches are played and no player contracts renewed until June 30, according to an analysis by the CIES Football Observatory.
April 1 – FIFA is to set up an emergency fund to assist the football industry amid growing fears that the coronavirus crisis will bring the sport to its knees.