Archive for the ‘football’ Category

It’s a question I think needs considering. Recent press reports talk of the Football League asking the Premier League for a greater distribution of its wealth following record income from the sale of TV rights. The last round of rights to be negotiated (for overseas rights) was valued at £625m, bringing the total income from the […]

Now the dust has settled in the transfer of David Beckham from Real Madrid I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the more intricate parts of the deal, away from the ‘$250m man’ headlines. So what’s in it for Beckham? – A move away from the tabloid spotlight of Europe, the […]

The World Cup marketing campaigns of the big sportswear manufacturers have begun in earnest. We’ve got Joga from Nike and +10 from Adidas to name the obvious. The strangest campaign I have come across so far is Puma’s ‘Adopt-a-German’. The idea behind ‘Adopt-a-German’ is for 12 German people to represent their city, which is a […]

Very surprised on reading that a significant proportion of Spanish people may miss out on being able to watch the 2006 World Cup in Germany as the company awarded the live rights by FIFA, LaSexta, have failed to increase their coverage footprint across the entire nation. The Times reports that the channel is only viewable […]

David Baddiel and Frank Skinner are to host a number of podcasts during this summers World Cup in Germany.  Following the lead of Ricky Gervais’ popular comedy podcast, backed by the Guardian, Baddiel and Skinner will produce 9 football-themed podcasts. Whilst I am sure these podcasts will be funny it does worry me that celebrity […]

Reading an article in The Guardian newspaper today and had a real sense of déjà vu. G14,comprising 18 of Europe’s richest football powers, has launched an attempt to kill off the Champions League in its present form and seize ownership of the game’s most prestigious club competition. The G14 group, whose members include Manchester United, […]

Wow, what a week in sport, Manchester United get knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and Harry Redknapp returns to Portsmouth. First off, Man. Utd leaving Europe prematurely, worse still at the bottom of the group, so the club can’t even ‘enjoy’ the UEFA Cup.  The implications for the club are that they have […]