‘The shirt off your back’ – a piece for FAN on why the Premier League should have to share merchandising revenue

Below is a piece I wrote for The Football Action Network (FAN) on football’s finances. With the new TV deal announced, I wanted to challenge the notion that, while this money should be shared, other sources of income should be considered the sole property of clubs. It is the league, I argue, that enriches the top clubs, not the other way round… Continue reading

Piece on competitive balance for The Football Action Network: ‘A fork in the road’

Below is a piece I wrote for The Football Action Network (FAN), an important new pressure group aiming for top-to-bottom reform of the game in England, starting by making football part of the general election campaign.

The piece looks at sporting competitiveness in different leagues by tracing the fortunes of Huddersfield Town and Green Bay, two pre-war titans in their respective sports…

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