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Business of Sport

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


Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Warwickshire CCC drinks to new partnership with Yorkshire Tea

Three-year deal with famous hot drink brand is latest commercial tie up announced by the cricket club

Aston Villa have been taken over by a Chinese investor

Aston Villa bought by Chinese businessman in £60m deal

Villa confirm that Tony Jiantong Xia will take over the reigns at relegated club with grand ambition to return it to European football

From left: Selco chief executive Chris Cunliffe, Warwickshire CCC's director of cricket Dougie Brown and commercial director Gareth Roberts

Warwickshire CCC extends commercial deal with Selco

Builders' merchant will continues as lead sponsor for two of the club's shirts until the end of 2019

Birmingham City's receivers clear final hurdle to end Carson Yeung era

EY reaches a settlement with Peter Pannu as decisive EGM moves closer in a move which could bring an end to a controversial era in the history of Birmingham City FC

West Bromwich Albion have secured a new shirt sponsorship deal

West Browmich Albion eye Asian market with new shirt sponsor

Club continues tie-ups with international firms after agreeing two-year deal with online casino firm

Warwickshire chief executive Neil Snowball and Marston's chief executive Ralph Findlay celebrate the brewery's sponsorship extension

Warwickshire CCC drinks to Marston's partnership

Historic Black Country brewery extends long-standing relationship with cricket club and will support development of a stadium bar

Aston Villa's chief financial officer Robin Russell has left the club

Aston Villa director leaves club board

Robin Russell steps down after almost a decade as chief financial officer but no word from the club on his replacement

Jump Xtreme could soon join Air Space in Wolverhampton among the West Midlands' growing number of trampoline parks

Jump Xtreme eyes industrial estate for new trampoline park

New company plans to open its second site in former food wholesaler's depot in Staffordshire as interest grows in trampoline craze

Mervyn King is the latest high-profile business figure to join Aston Villa

Mervyn King joins Aston Villa board

Former governor of the Bank of England is a lifelong Villa fan and vows to return beleaguered club to among the world's best in the world

Tim Andrews has been named the new chief executive of Birmingham City Ladies FC

Hollywood Monster chief joins Birmingham City Ladies

Senior management boost as Tim Andrews is appointed new chief executive of Women's Super League club

Jeremy Peace, West Bromwich Albion chairman

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: No.25 - Jeremy Peace and family

There’s a distinct possibility that Jeremy Peace’s West Bromwich Albion will be the only West Midlands side in the Premier League next season

Steve Hollis is Aston Villa's new chairman

Steve Hollis appointed new Aston Villa chairman

Former KPMG regional chairman says future success of club lies in building a winning culture and continuous improvement off the pitch as well as on it

Centro announced in November the Midland Metro extension would only open as far as Bull Street

Review of 2015 - November: City council vision, Metro extension and delays hit Park Regis

Radical plans emerged in November to break up Birmingham City Council, it was announced the full Metro extension would not open until 2016 and the Park Regis hotel opening was put back by six months

Edgbaston chief Colin Povey

Warwickshire boss says only 'seismic change' can change cricket

Departing chief executive of Warwickshire CCC says a major overhaul is needed in the county game to make it more sustainable in the long term

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

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