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Business of Sport

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

Attendances have increased at Edgbaston Stadium during 2015

Attendances on the rise at Edgbaston Stadium

Home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club welcomed more than 210,000 people through the turnstiles during 2015

Neil Snowball will become the chief executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club in January

Rugby World Cup chief takes Warwickshire CCC top job

Neil Snowball brings experience from organising 2015 rugby tournament and 2012 London Olympics to the hot seat at Edgbaston

Edgbaston chief Colin Povey

Warwickshire CCC chief Colin Povey to retire

The man who steered the club through the £32 million redevelopment of Edgbaston is standing down later this year

Adventure golf course planned for Wast Hills

Owner of Kings Norton golf centre lodges new plans to develop vacant land into 18-hole course in a bid to reach out to younger audience

Jaguar will set the pace for Team Sky when a prototype version of the highly anticipated Jaguar F-PACE will lead the team at the Tour de France Grand Depart in Utrecht

Jaguar gives best glimpse yet of F-Pace crossover

A prototype version of it will be supporting Team Sky at the Tour de France Grand Depart in Utrecht this Saturday

Former Blues chairman Carson Yeung

Birmingham City's owners pay £106k for Carson Yeung's wife to have a hire car

New details about payments revealed in the annual report of club's parent company Birmingham International Holdings

Edgbaston chief Colin Povey

Ashes boost will play into Edgbaston's hands in any sponsor talks

Edgbaston cricket stadium is on course for record revenue thanks to a £7 million Ashes boost.

VMF (Villa Midlands Food) is a unique training restaurant based at Aston Villa

Aston Villa pledge to keep up the good work despite Restaurant VMF closure

Club says there will be no job losses, and strong community work will continue, despite restaurant's closure

West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa have enjoyed soaring revenue as the Premier League continues to dominate English football

Villa and West Brom lead Midlands' £440m football industry

Annual Review of Football Finance by Deloitte shows revenue at region's three Premier League clubs soars to almost £300m

Charlie Austin and Armand Traore - part of QPR’s £75.3 million wage bill

Wasps chief causes buzz with £35m funds-raiser

Premiership rugby giants become the first sports club in Britain to issue a retail bond on London Stock Exchange

Wasps have moved to Coventry's Ricoh Arena

Wasps issues retail bond to become one of world's richest rugby clubs

The Coventry club is to launch a retail bond listed on the London Stock Exchange

St Andrew's, home of Birmingham City whose parent company has gone into receivership

Birmingham City's parent company goes into receivership

BIHL appoints specialist arm of EY to manage finances as club vows it is 'business as usual'

Sky and BT Sport have renewed their deal to show Premier League matches such as West Bromwich Albion against Burnley

Business as usual for Premier League as big guns snap up TV rights

Despite attempts by 'wildcards' Eurosport and beIN Sports, the status quo was maintained as BT Sport and Sky maintain their coverage of England's top flight

Manu Tuilagi of England is tackled by Jamie Roberts of Wales

Will BT rip Six Nations away from BBC's grasp?

The new four-year contract, worth £40 million a year, runs until 2017, but since the BBC and Home Nations agreed this deal, BT Sport has emerged as a serious, cash-rich player in the sports rights field.

gCambridge United fans celebrate after the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Cambridge United and Manchester United

FA Cup joy is a world apart from FIFA 'toxic brand'

It mattered more that so-called 'big clubs' such as Chelsea and Manchester City had had their noses bloodied by lower-league opponents.

Positive times at Warwickshire CC with Edgbaston hosting some major cricket matches over the next four years

Positive outlook for Warwickshire CCC as turnover rises and losses fall

Edgbaston club making 'solid progress' as they prepare for big summer of high-profile matches including the third Ashes Test

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)

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor