Like it or not, football has to be more aligned to finance

SINCE THE launch of both the FA Premier League and UEFA Champions League, the football industry has undergone significant change, characterised by unprecedented revenue growth, bloated competitions, globalisation and expanded franchises. Football has become a business that attracts new owners and new sponsors as the world’s most popular sport becomes a compelling proposition for investors and finance providers. The top level clubs have never been … Continue reading Like it or not, football has to be more aligned to finance

Commentary Box: Corporate football, footballing corporates

OVER the past few years, there’s been a reaction to the increasingly polarised state of top-class football, an industry that continues to grow and detach itself from grassroots. There’s arguably no turning back, the football world now revolves around a dozen or so clubs that are bigger, wealthier, more influential and more interconnected than the rest of the game’s constituents. We might not like it, … Continue reading Commentary Box: Corporate football, footballing corporates

When commerce had a heart and soul

THIS WEEK, I ended 41 years in the City, the last 26 of which have been as a writer and journalist. I started my career at NatWest, in the days when banks were certainly more respected institutions than they are today. They were also great sporting entities that provided non-league football with a few decent players. When I was a teenager, turning out for NatWest, … Continue reading When commerce had a heart and soul