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Peter Sharkey looks at the business of sport with his weekly opinion piece for the Birmingham Post.

More than 65,000 fans watched Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool's clash in Miami earlier this month

Peter Sharkey: The economic benefits of a permanent NFL franchise based in London

The NFL returns to London next month for the first of three regular season autumn duels when Miami face Oakland on September 28.

Scotland's Commonwealth Games poster girl Eilidh Child

Peter Sharkey: 'Yes' vote would give Scotland's games stars a dilemma

Should the people vote 'yes', in March 2016 it will become an independent nation, an outcome that might cause some serious soul-searching amongst Scottish athletes.

Ladbrokes on Green Lane in Small Heath.

Big bad bookies and Premier League prove easy targets for vote-chasers

Election fever turns grassroot sport funding into a political football.

Tour de France

Firms ride on upward cycle of demand for nutrition

The rising popularity of competitive and leisure cycling has seen doors open for the sports nutrition market.

Formula One championship title rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Karting beginning to build up speed in the race to hit on its own winning formula

Small-engine racing where it all began for Hamilton and Rosberg.

Alex Song of Cameroon is sent off after a red card by referee Pedro Proenca during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia.

No quick fix in global bid to beat the game's cheats

Match-fixing usually manifests itself in instances where sportsmen are 'underpaid', or their level of remuneration is considered 'unjust'.

England's Steven Gerrard

Money talks as England look set for more misery

Although England has "the best facilities", we remain unable to produce a sufficient volume of talented footballers capable of competing at the very highest level

Eight Formula One teams are based within an hour's drive of each other in the 'Motorsport Valley' area around Silverstone

'Motorsport Valley' still attracting Formula one business to the Midlands

This concentration of high-performance engineering firms, located primarily in the Midlands, had emerged relatively unscathed from the recession.

The Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

It's time for one venue to play host to all future World Cups

If the footballing public is less bullish about England's chances than at any point during the last thirty years, the Brazilian hosts face an almost impossible quandary.

An artist's impression of the Doha Port stadium, part of Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup

World Cup or Western League - integrity is a key factor for sponsors

A litany of back-handers, bribes and lavish junkets merely confirmed that many senior officials involved in the management and administration of international football are little more than crooks.

Port Hercule is rammed with yachts and spectators for last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix

A European-wide ban on alcohol advertising would put skids under Formula One...

Teams face a huge loss of income if EU states agree to French demands.

David Moyes

Clubs must think hard about how to replace key people

Considerable damage can be done to any business if the wrong person takes the reins of a successful operation

Sales of new televisions will rise as football fans upgrade their sets ahead of the World Cup 2014

From pets to pizzas - World Cup will give retailers a £2bn boost

Whether England's performances can justify their supporters' significant investment is, unfortunately, another matter altogether.

An artist's impression of the Al-Gharafa stadium to be built for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Amateurs face a bleak future with sport sector now worth $1 trillion

Demand for top professional operators soaring say experts.

Turnberry's Ailsa golf course, with it's famous old lighthouse, looks set to deliver a first major tournament to new owner Donald Trump.

Great deal for Trump - but many golf club futures are less certain

Golf club memberships are falling while Donald Trump dreams of hosting The Open.

David Moyes

Manchester United need to keep an eye on share prices as well as league position

Anything capable of impairing a commercial organisation of such magnitude, or jeopardising an operation which grew commercial revenues by 65% between June 2011 and June 2013 could not continue.

The Etihad Stadium

Get rid of Champions League and financial fair play has chance

Irrespective of how protracted the appeal process might prove, however, it looks as though UEFA is finally addressing a burgeoning problem first highlighted in this column in May 2008.

The Texas University Longhorns football team

Broadcast giants face challenge to get kids fit for purpose

What will it take to encourage our youngsters to get involved in sport, or simply play in parks, or even just walk to school?

Jonny Wilkinson lifts the Heineken Cup for Toulon

Clamour to get on board big earners' bandwagon

European rugby's re-organisation has come about with one thing in mind...getting a slice of the riches enjoyed for so long by their footballing cousins

Cheltenham Festival

How budget pension plan could leave racing in the doldrums...

Bookies asked to foot the bill might withdraw vital funding

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