Football

Unlucky: 13 Premier League clubs hike ticket prices. City cheapest, Arsenal most costly.

* By Alex Miller                                                                   Follow Alex on Twitter @AlexMiller73 22 July 2014 Despite Premier League clubs collecting massively enhanced payments last season, this season and next season from the latest TV deals, worth £5.5billion over three years from 2013-16, the benefits are not reaching fans, with 13 sides raising season ticket prices this season. With clubs looking to maximise revenues to be able to compete in the Premier League within the...


Man United and Liverpool remain top TV draws despite 2013-14 without trophies

By Nick Harris 21 July 2014 With almost four weeks still to go before the start of the 2014-15 Premier League season, the PR battle for TV viewers in the host country of the world's most-watched domestic football league is well underway. Sky Sports will again have the lion's share of the live games in the UK, having paid £2.28 billion for a majority of the UK live rights for the 2013-16 period. And BT Sport will again be trying to woo a portion of the pay-TV market, having paid £738m for their own share of matches.  The wider strategic aims of both...


Germany: deserving, obvious World Cup winners (almost nobody predicted)

* So the World Cup is over, Germany are fitting champions, Lionel Messi couldn't add the ultimate title to his glittering CV and the host nation is left to ponder what might have been. So who could have forecast this? Actually, a huge variety of ‘experts’, theorists, modelers and systems tried to predict the outcome of the tournament, from Goldman Sachs to boffin statistical organisations. In his latest post for Sportingintelligence, and as a wrap-up of an ongoing evaluation of rates of success (click HERE for Part 1 and background and click HERE for Part 2 and HERE for Part 3) Roger Pielke Jr announces the winners and...