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Business of Sport

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

Four Dwellings Academy, Lea Forest Primary Academy and Montgomery Primary Academy swapped the books for the brawn as they competed in the UKs very first 31-legged race at the Birmingham NEC all in the name of Sport Relief

Accepting childhood inactivity comes at a great cost

Action needed as report highlights too many kids not fit for purpose.

West Brom's Gareth McAuley (left) and Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, players with two of the 40 highest-earning clubs in the world

Aston Villa and West Brom in world's top 40 clubs for revenue

Giant broadcasting deal means three Premier League clubs from the region are among the richest in the world

T20 remains as popular as ever with fans but a number of counties would welcome its presence on a free-to-air basis

Sky announces extension to broadcast deal

As Sky announces extension to broadcast deal, some counties are crying out for new schedule which will help boost their profile.

Sir Jack Hayward

Tributes paid after ex-Wolves chairman Sir Jack Hayward passes away

Sir Jack, who lived in the Bahamas and transformed the fortunes of the Molineux club when he bought it in 1990, passed away today (January 13)

Indian players celebrate their win at the ICC Champions Trophy Final match against England at Edgbaston.

Edgbaston naming rights talks reignited by haul of major cricket matches

The potential for a money-spinning naming deal is back on the table with some major cricketing events are heading to Birmingham

Edgbaston Stadium

Cricket World Cup, Champions Trophy and Ashes head to Edgbaston

Some major cricketing events are heading to Birmingham after the ECB's match allocation was revealed


Surfing rides on crest of a wave as the influence of crowdfunding grows

Water sport leads the way as appeal-based funding gathers momentum.

West Ham United v Aston Villa

Fair game to probe Premier League's TV deals

Bid to get more football on the box at lower cost to supporters.

Super-rich Norway has pulled plug on Winter Olympics 2022 bid

Oslo was the prospective venue for the Winter Olympics in 2022, before the Norwegian government decided against the £2billion investment.

Birmingham City whose owner has been dealt yet another financial blow

Birmingham City cash blow after £9m bond issue collapses

Blues' Hong Kong-based parent group was hoping to raise more than £9 million through the bond but it has now automatically lapsed

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Peter Sharkey: Ashes Test match special for city with a fortune forecasted

Edgbaston Stadium and Marketing Birmingham announced that next year's Third Ashes Test could provide a boost in excess of £26 million to the local economy.

Randy Lerner

Peter Sharkey: Bid to give football fans a greater say in how clubs are run

Politicians want supporters involved in ownership and decision-making

Chris Froome

Peter Sharkey: Cycle stars on road to riches as big sponsors up the ante

New €1m prize pot idea just the beginning of cycling's resurgence

Horse Racing

Peter Sharkey: Football is the market mover in a changing industry

Millions of viewers watching this week's European contests consider it an invitation to have a flutter before the second half kicks off.

Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain

Peter Sharkey: Scottish sport could face funding challenge in longer term

South of the border, Englishmen are torn by the apparent desire of large numbers of Scots to break away and go it alone.

The launch of the new Aviva Premiership Season at Twickenham Stadium, London.

Peter Sharkey: Rugby sugar daddies and the fears for clubs 'living beyond their means'

The new, all-singing, all-dancing Aviva Premiership kicks off in Northampton tomorrow night when the Saints host Gloucester at Franklin’s Gardens.

England's Claudia Fragapane with her four Artistic Gymnastics gold medals at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Peter Sharkey: Our likeable Games stars deserve TV spotlight in longer term

Every Team GB athlete benefits from a Lottery-underwritten structure which actively promotes professionalism.

New Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox

Aston Villa appoint Tom Fox as chief executive

Villa swoop on Arsenal for new chief following departure of Paul Faulkner

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.

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor