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Business of Sport

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


West Bromwich Albion are the third West Midlands club to be acquired by Chinese investors

Opinion: China wants to be football superpower on back of our clubs

Dr Kurt Yang Liu from Birmingham Business School discusses the obvious appeal of English and European football clubs to Chinese investors

Mike Chamberlain, chief executive of Sport Birmingham (left), with chairman Paul Faulkner

Chamber chief joins Sport Birmingham

Paul Faulkner will use his experience leading Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest to help charity increase participation in grassroots sport across the city

Hagley Golf & Country Club is now on the market

Black Country golf course on market following owner's death

Garratt family launched Hagley Golf & Country Club in 1980 and are now seeking offers in the region of £2m

CGI of the University of Birmingham's new sports centre which has been hit by more delays

University of Birmingham sports centre hit by more delays

Grand opening of city's first 50-metre pool and new sports arena has been put back to Christmas

Edgbaston will play host to another test match and T20 final

Edgbaston Stadium awarded another test match

Home of Warwickshire CCC will welcome England and the West Indies next summer for first match of test series

Warwickshire CCC has signed a new cider partner for Edgbaston Stadium

Warwickshire CCC presses ahead with latest brewery partnership

Cricket club signs up Herefordshire brewery Westons to become official cider partner

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

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