ownership

Liverpool

The Argument: In the TV Money Era, Don’t Forget the Matchgoing Fan

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The latest in our series sees Terry Clague offer a short reminder to club owners as to which body of people has facilitated their ability to make money out of football in the first place. Terry has previously written for The Anfield Wrap and can be followed on twitter here.

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As football and capitalism have developed in recent decades, the former seems to trace the latter's trajectories, .

Judge will rule on Liverpool sale dispute Thursday

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LONDON, England A British judge will rule Thursday whether Liverpool's former American owners can sue in the United States over the enforced sale of the club to the Boston Red Sox ownership group. Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. claim that an "epic swindle" by Liverpool directors and the club's lenders led to a [.

Finances

The Future of Northampton Town Hangs in the Balance

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If ever any of us were naïve enough to think that football had gotten its financial house in order, the current predicament of Northampton Town FC is a salutary reminder of how bad things can get. Here, a supporter of the club who has asked to remain anonymous, expresses his feeling at the club's current situation.

Football Cities: Bristol

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After Ben Woolhead's analysis of the Toon on Wednesday and our call for a non-league start up to challenge the artificial hegemony of MK Donsyesterday, the third post in our Football Cities series sees us very pleased to welcome a brand new writer to The Two Unfortunates. Will Jones runs the Bristol City blog, To The Left of Ross and here provides a thoughtful analysis of how soccer .

Football Cities: Milton Keynes

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Haters are gonna hate and my goodness, this website has expounded a lot of column inches putting the boot into MK Dons in itssix and a half years of existence.

At times, we've attempted to raise the level of acrimony to an art form – much as When Saturday Comes have refused to include the Dons in its annual season previews, we have declined to let people forget .

Football Cities: Newcastle upon Tyne

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Perched on a hill, visible from all directions as you head into Newcastle, towering into the air in the centre of town – St James' Park couldn't really be much more symbolic. Its location befits its status as an iconic focal point, right at the heart of the city metaphorically and spiritually as well as literally.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

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[F]or the second of our posts exploring the theme of football ownership, we are pleased to welcome Jon Keen, a long-standing supporter of Reading Football Club and founding memberofSTAR (the Supporters' Trust at Reading). Jon is also aregular contributor to Reading blog, The Tilehurst End. Here, Jon unpacks the issue while asking the inevitable question of how it came to all this?

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

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[F]or the second of our posts exploring the theme of football ownership, we are pleased to welcome Jon Keen, a long-standing supporter of Reading Football Club and founding memberofSTAR (the Supporters' Trust at Reading). Jon is also aregular contributor to Reading blog, The Tilehurst End. Here, Jon unpacks the issue while asking the inevitable question of how it came to all this?

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Are Foreign Owners or Dodgy Owners the Problem?

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[W]hen Vincent Tan, the Malaysian owner of Cardiff City, made the – apparently unilateral - decision to change the club's colours from blue to red, I posted a few remarks on Twitter intended to express some solidarity with those Cardiff supporters who felt that this change was the last straw. Some fans had even made the painful decision to stop going to watch their own club as a result.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Are Foreign Owners or Dodgy Owners the Problem?

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[W]hen Vincent Tan, the Malaysian owner of Cardiff City, made the – apparently unilateral - decision to change the club's colours from blue to red, I posted a few remarks on Twitter intended to express some solidarity with those Cardiff supporters who felt that this change was the last straw. Some fans had even made the painful decision to stop going to watch their own club as a result.

Toronto FC

THE STARTING 11: Ways Toronto FC would change under Rogers

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"Duddi-dum-dum" - Oh, you know the tune.

Last week, news emerged in Toronto that cable TV, wireless, internet, telephone, nuclear weapon and human sport-hunting giant Rogers Communications, wanted to purchase ML$E's sporting empire. The rumoured deal for the Teacher's Pension Fund's stake in the trophy-phobic sports franchises is reportedly worth well over a Billion dollars and is still making waves across the business landscape.

Rogers offers to bundle their sports package

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That's where they keep the Giant Laser

If Rogers Communications gets its way it could be "C'mon you Teds" at BMO Field in the near future. As reported first by the Toronto Star, the cable giant is in talks with the Ontario Teacher's Pension Fund to buy out their share of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment's sporting empire in a deal worth well over $1 Billion Dollars.

English Premier League

Guest Blog: John Henry and Liverpool FC

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They Think It's All Over... brings you an article about John Henry and Liverpool FC.

Jay Z and Beyonce announce plans to join Arsenal board

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Rapper gets into an Emirates State of Mind Every now and then one of those stories comes out that makes you immediately reach for the calendar. However, it's miles away from the 1st April, so it must be genuine. The Daily Mirror has picked up on the story that Shawn Carter would not only like [...]

Jay Z and Beyonce announce plans to join Arsenal board

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Rapper gets into an Emirates State of Mind Every now and then one of those stories comes out that makes you immediately reach for the calendar. However, it's miles away from the 1st April, so it must be genuine. The Daily Mirror has picked up on the story that Shawn Carter would not only like [...]


Europa League Draw and a Bid Confirmed from Huang

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A few pieces of news the day after Liverpool's 2-0 win at Anfield...

The first of which is tied directly to said win.

The Europa League draw, still firmly placed in the shadow of the Champions League draw, took place this morning, and as it were, Liverpool received a decently difficult opponent.

American On Arsenal Doorstep

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Better him than Usmanov

News fluttered in yesterday that the American tycoon, Stan Kroenke has purchased more Arsenal shares to bring his shares to 29.9%. Just 0.09% short of needing to make a move for the rest of the shares. Now I've reserved my thoughts on this matter for quite some time as it has already been highlighted in many other blogs and there is no need for me to talk anymore about it, but with Stan so close to a takeover, I guessed now is as good a time as any to give this topic a special mention.

Hibernation over

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Well here we all are again, a little dustier and a trifle older, but here we all are nevertheless.

I did try to get excited about the internationals. But I couldn't. I missed the Ukraine game entirely, and though I did watch the Belarus game, it was so inconsequential that I lost interest faster than I do when I periodically attempt doing some DIY.

Major League Soccer

Wishing for an MLS Steinbrenner

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Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died today at the age of 80. To Yankees fans, the man was The Boss, the blustery owner willing to spend the cash necessary to lift the team to its rightful place at the top of baseball's pecking order. To non-Yankees fans, or more accurately Yankees-haters, he was everything wrong with the game; willing to overspend on almost any player of decent quality, Steinbrenner fully utilized the "unfair" advantage New York had over everyone else.

The American Soccer Business Plan: Part II

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A Special Series By Rob Luker This is the second installment in a four part series by Clarkson University business student Rob Luker. You can read Part I, American Soccer Ambitions,...


Holy Seattle

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So word on the street is that the MLS is going to add Seattle as their 15th club in 2009. A league announcement is set for two weeks. The owners are expected to be those of the USL side in Seattle, who will play a large role in the ownership. Interestingly enough the new club will [...]

Victor MacFarlane

Good-bye Mr. MacFarlane, Congratulations Mr. Chang

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The news that Mr. Will Chang has bought out Mr. Victor MacFarlane is, of course, being analyzed for any implication of stadium politics. That's healthy, and I can understand some people's optimism along those lines, but while a simplified stadium approach from Mr. Chang may make it easier, it may also make things more difficult.

MacFarlane Cuts Bait on DC United

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Big news out of DC today, as owner Victor MacFarlane has sold his shares of the club to partner Will Chang. It would appear that MacFarlane has finally had enough of the stadium game, as his...


The Rest

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Marching on, Direction Unknown

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[A]s we move into Day Three of our Football Ownership series, Gary Hartley tries in vain to make some sense of what, exactly, Massimo Cellino is up to at his beloved Leeds United. ... It's not particularly new, this football clubs subsumed by rich men's egos thing. It's just that in the presumed halcyon days, the egos were more the Rotary Club, cigar on Sunday type of affair - vaguely but not entirely unapproachable, with no offspring on Twitter.

Thoughts on Les Alexander's Reported Interest in Buying the Houston Dynamo

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Yesterday afternoon, Mark Berman over at Fox 26 here in Houston reported that Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, was in negotiations to purchase the Houston Dynamo. Not surprisingly, the reaction of Dynamo fans on Twitter was not very positive, in my opinion, the concerns of these fans are misplaced.

Més que un club no més? [More than a club no more?]

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by Elizabeth Hanchett, writing from New York

In a completely unprecedented and unexpected move, the board at FC Barcelona announced this afternoon that its policy for accepting members ("socios" in Spanish, "socis" in Catalan) to the club was going to change.

Miami FC President: USL-1 Teams to Breakaway in 2010

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Thanks to a tip from Ed Serner at Football in Miami and Beyond, comes word from Miami FC President Aaron Davidson that eight organizations will break away from USL to create an owner-controlled...