Sky shares plummet as Premier League rights auction sparks investor fear

Premier League TVBy Mark Baber
December 16 - The multi-billion pound auction for Premier League television rights, which kicked off on Friday, has led to a 4.4% fall in the share price of Sky plc on Monday on fears the company could be outbid by BT on a number of packages, and predictions the total bill could be as high as £5 billion, An Ofcom investigation, initiated by Virgin, has added to the lack of stability in the market.

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Premier League opens up Friday night football to TV, but no 39th game

Premier League TVDecember 15 - The idea of playing a Premier League match overseas, heavily mooted a few years ago, will not take place in the foreseeable future.

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Man City's new £200m training facility takes academy to "a different level"

Manchester City training academyBy Mark Baber
December 9 - Manchester City's new £200 million youth development and first team training centre – the City Football Academy (CFA) – was on officially opened Monday by former manager and captain, Tony Book, with club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in attendance.

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Huge cut in football staff helps blue side of Manchester reduce red ink

Khaldoon Al MubarakBy David Owen
December 4 - A halving in the number of football staff employed by the club has helped Manchester City to report much-reduced annual losses and added to the growing impression that 2013-14 will bring a marked improvement in Premier League club finances.

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Burnley report value-for-money loss as they regain Premier League status

Turf MoorBy Paul Nicholson
December 4 - Success on the pitch can sometimes be a fickle financial master in football, but Burnley's loss of £7.6 million for the year to June 2014 is looking like value-for-money. The Premier League new boys actually announced a £300,000 profit for their promotion season. But when you add in staff bonuses of £7.9 million due on elevation to England's top flight, the profit becomes a £7.6 million loss.

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Chelsea closes in on £25m Turkish Airlines deal

Turkish Airlines adDecember 1 – Chelsea is reportedly "edging closer" to a deal with Turkish Airlines. According to unnamed sources the new Chelsea deal will be worth £25 million a year to the South London club, £7 million more than Samsung (whose contract expires at the end of the year) currently pay.

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Manchester United report £9.8m first quarter revenue slump

old traffordNovember 19 – Manchester United are now feeling the pain of failure to qualify for the Champions League in the boardroom. The club has announced a revenue fall of almost 10% (£9.8 million) for the three months to September 30 in comparison to the same period in 2013.

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TV watchdog opens new probe into Premier League UK sales policy

TV cameraNovember 19 - The debate over how much English Premier League football should be televised live domestically is back on the agenda. UK broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the Premier League sells media rights following a complaint from Virgin Media, which claims more matches should be available for live broadcast.

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Chelsea deliver £18m profit and sets sights on new sponsor cash

Chelsea FCNovember 14 - Chelsea FC have announced a profit of £18.4 million on a record turnover of £319.8 million for the year ended 30 June 2014. This is the econd and largest profit the largest profit the club has made since Roman Abramovich became owner of the club in 2003. Two years ago the profit was £1.4 million.

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