Sporting Intelligence
2010
  • English football crowds on course for a 50-year high

    By Brian Sears 8 January 2009 English football crowds are on course for a 50-year high if ticket sales in the current season are maintained across the nation’s four professional divisions. An initial forecast by sportingintelligence is that total gates in 2009-10 will be in the region of 30.4m people. That would be higher than […]

  • Fergie’s ferocious temper, City’s spend and Coyle’s class

    By Andy Cole 7 January 2010 I’ve been in the Manchester United dressing room after surprising defeats and it’s not pretty. I can only imagine it was similarly loud and uncomfortable – and possibly even terrifying – for the players who had to face the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson after Sunday’s shock 1-0 FA […]

  • British government frames law to bring offshore bookmakers back into fold

    7 January 2010 The British sports minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, has announced plans today for new laws that will require all gambling firms that do business in the UK – even if they are based overseas – to operate under licenses granted by the Gambling Commission, the industry watchdog for Britain. The plans are subject to […]

  • ‘Shankly’s strength was his communion with the fans’

    JOHN ROBERTS wrote for the Daily Express, The Guardian, the Daily Mail and The Independent, where he was the tennis correspondent for 20 years. He collaborated with Bill Shankly on the Liverpool manager’s autobiography, ghosted Kevin Keegan’s first book, and has written books on George Best, Manchester United’s Busby Babes (The Team That Wouldn’t Die) […]

  • NFL-EPL dual owners finding success on just one side of the pond

    4 January 2010 With the NFL regular season ending last night, it strikes us that there is something quirky about the standings: every owner that also has a stake in an English Premier League club has endured an awful season back home in American football. The Cleveland Browns of Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) finished with […]

  • Button surges to pole in diplomacy stakes at new-look McLaren

    4 January 2010 Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have been giving their views on the upcoming season at the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes website. Hamilton did much to revive interest in F1 in the UK a couple of years ago, then Button stole the headlines along with the title in 2009, and with Shumacher back for […]

  • American gridiron fans keep faith through the downturn

    By Nick Harris 4 January 2010 New figures collated by sportingintelligence.com following last night’s conclusion to the NFL’s 2009 regular season show that the world’s best-attended domestic sports league (by average crowd) has registered only a slight dip in numbers. The average number of people at the 256 regular season games was 67,509, or just […]

  • NFL maintains massive lead in attendance

    By Nick Harris 4 January 2010 UPDATE: See also the 2011 story here The end of the NFL’s 2009 regular season last night brought good news for the sport; even in the worst economic recession in memory, live attendance figures held up for most franchises throughout the season, with 17,282,225 seats sold for the 256 games, […]

  • Sports salaries database: explanatory notes

    The sportingintelligence sports salaries database allows you to compare athletes’ wages on a like-for-like basis from major sports around the world. The first-team average salary is provided for every team in every season. When you have selected a sport, league and season, you are provided with a range of team or player options, and it is […]

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