Man City squad tops rich list with world's highest average wage

Man city cashApril 17 - In a week when financial fair play (FFP) came under renewed scrutiny, Manchester City have emerged as the best paid squad in global sport, according to a new study.

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Bullish ad spend report points to happy times ahead for football

graphApril 11 – Football will be one of the main beneficiaries from a global growth in advertising rates, and commercial television will be the most dominant medium within that growth. For football's rights holders that is good news as ad-driven TV stations will be able to afford premium rights, and sponsorship values will continue to grow as mass market audiences are delivered.

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FIFPro turns up pressure for speedier reform of transfer system

FIFPro-WFA-600By Andrew Warshaw
March 20 - The international players' union FIFPro has again called on FIFA to reform the international transfer system which, it says, is failing the game and badly need to be addressed.

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Mexico's Gallos Blancos caught in middle of money laundering probe

Gallos Blancos de Queretaro fansMarch 7 – Mexican top tier club Gallos Blancos de Queretaro looks certain to be caught up in a government investigation into a corporate money laundering. The chief executive of Oceanografia, an oil services company being investigated by Mexican authorities, is the owner of the Gallos Blancos.

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Football as art: LA exhibition showcases the game's creative side

andy-warhol-athlete-pele1February 28 – The Beautiful Game is an increasingly overused expression; of course it is beautiful. It has a depth of beauty and meaning to football fans and players that is rarely communicated in words. But can this depth be expressed in art? The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) thinks it can.

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FIFPro turns up pressure to end 'obscene' transfer fees and system

Philippe PiatBy Paul Nicholson
February 28 - World players union FIFPro has renewed its vehement criticism of the current transfer system following the latest FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) data which reported global transfer fees in 2013 of $3.72 billion, an increase of 41% on the previous year.

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The end of the line or the start of a proper football journey?

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 13.33.08By Paul Nicholson
February 14 – "Barrow's Holker Street ground is no more. It is now the Furness Building Society Stadium, Wilkie Road. But on emerging through the turnstiles on to the terraces, it is difficult to see what substantive changes the Furness Building Society have actually made, beyond financing a new mundane rectangular administrative block at one end of the ground, from which the teams later came out," writes Steve Leach, author of Conference Season, published by Bennion Kearney this month.

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TPO: A threatening or liberating force in football's financial structure?

Money in footballJanuary 29 – Third party ownership of footballers' economic rights is a hot issue that raises questions of integrity, money being siphoned out the game, and unbalancing of the football market. The big European nations generally hate it, the South Americans, in particular, embrace it. Lawyer Pāvels Tjusevs  examines the business and draws some uncomfortable conclusions for football.

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Exclusive: Inside the Champagne FIFA presidential bid

jerome champagne2By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent
January 29 - Just over a week after announcing he was running for FIFA president, Jerome Champagne has given the strongest hint yet that he will withdraw rather than stand against Sepp Blatter - and that he would readily accept a new position under his former boss if he fails to land the top job.

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