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Business of Sport

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

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

Cheltenham puts the gambling industry in the spotlight as the battle to take punters' cash heats up

Bookies are flat to the boards in the race for your cash

Big guns line up for battle... but who are the winners and losers?

Rafael Nadal

Sport looks increasingly to Asia for big-money opportunity

Formula 1 and tennis latest to cash in on a growing demand

Wembley Stadium

FA is now paying the price of an expensive own-goal

UEFA decision will see even fewer fans heading down Wembley way.

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

The lack of financial fair play is threatening to kill game

The depressing downgrading of the FA Cup offers a foretaste of what could happen to the domestic English game.

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

What will become of Sochi when big-money sponsors leave town?

Although the Games will be over soon, these things always leave a legacy – whether good or bad – and it will be interesting to see the aftermath of Sochi.

England's captain Alastair Cook (left) trudges off after yet another cheap dismissal during a disastrous Ashes tour.

Do not lay blame for Ashes flop at doors of counties

Shaking up domestic game yet again will not solve England's ills.

Landlady Karen Murphy celebrates at her pub The Red White and Blue in Portsmouth after winning her legal battle with the Premier League in 2011.

Pitch battle with pubs over games is still live and kicking

Premier League fights back with plans to bring 100 prosecutions.

The scene at Arena de Sao Paulo after a crane collapsed killing two workers

Fifa has to take some blame for World Cup uncertainty

It will not reflect well on Blatter and Co if Brazil festival is marred.

The Reebok Stadium

Bolton debt must serve as warning to Premier spendthrifts

Worst-case scenario should be built into plans of all top Premier League football clubs.

Cardiff City fans protest against owner Vincent Tan

Even rich football club owners can't ignore the fans

Rich investors pump their money into clubs (and are often welcomed for doing so) but then think they have a plaything that they can do with what they want.

St James' Park

Magpies hit wrong note with new charges for newspapers

Newcastle United Football Club plans to demand payment for access to manager and stars.

Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix

Will changes to the rules really make a big difference to Formula One season?

The ‘if it ain’t broke’ mantra seems to have disappeared from the world of sport.

Billericay Town fans

Politicians must help stamp out spectre of fixing

Latest furore cannot be ignored or sponsors and fans will be lost.

Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson lifts the trophy after winning during the Heineken Cup Final in Dublin

Power struggle could prove costly for European rugby

The proposal to replace the current Heineken Cup with the Rugby Champions Cup came from English and French clubs that wanted greater autonomy when it came to the allocation of revenue.

Manchester United v Swansea City

Fergie time is over but Red Devils still raking in the cash

New TV and sponsorship deals keep United on top of the pile.

BT Sport

Champions League deal a statement of intent by BT Sport

BT Sport will have exclusive rights to the competition – as well as the Europa League – starting the season after next.

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