Survival chances up but ‘at least one of Leicester, Burnley, QPR down’

By Brian Sears 15 July 2014  The Premier League is about to start its 23rd season, the 23rd season since England's top division was rebranded 'Premier League' and effectively broke away from the rest of English football. The 23rd season of the 'money era' when TV riches have poured into the game in ever-increasing amounts. The 23rd season when the difference between the 'haves' of the Premier League and the 'have nots' of the rest of English football is especially pronounced. That is the context for what is to follow: an assessment of the chances that this season's promoted clubs - Leicester City, Burnley...


Arsenal’s unbroken post-war top-flight tenure puts them top of 15 ‘deserved’ PL teams

By Brian Sears 8 August 2014 With the 2014-15 English football season about to begin, and with every fan still at the stage where they can dream that this will be the year, the notion of where a club 'deserves' to be is again a topic of relevance. Up and down the country there will be supporters who will assure you that their team 'should' be in the top four, or top six, or top division, or top two divisions. And there will be others who will assure you their team does not 'belong' in the lowly place where they currently reside. It is...


Measuring the ‘Tiger effect’ – doubling of Tour prizes, billions into players’ pockets

By Roger Pielke Jr 6 August 2014  With the final Major of the golf season starting on Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, most of the talk in anticipation of the PGA Championship is about a player who almost certainly has no chance of winning, even if he were to play. I’m of course referring to Tiger Woods. Woods reinjured his back last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leading to questions about his future – not just this week, but as a professional golfer. With Tiger on everyone’s mind, I thought it worth taking a look at his impact on the...