James Mackay

Aspiring sports journalist from Birmingham. West Bromwich Albion fan (for my sins). Twitter: @Jamirackay

Player Remuneration & Fan Exploitation

Player Remuneration & Fan Exploitation

Gareth Bale’s £85 million move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 saw him earn £300,000 per week on a six-year contract, doubling the yearly salary of UK Prime Minister David Cameron in just one week of work. With thousands of consumers struggling to cope with rising ticket prices, there is an imbalance between player remuneration and the cost of going to watch your team play. Football doesn’t have an income problem, it has a spending …
Fit and Proper Ownership

Fit and Proper Ownership

After the antics of moustachioed Cardiff City super-villain Vincent Tan, it’s fair to say that the reputation of foreign owners in the Premier League has taken a hit in recent years. Manchester City, heavily criticised for their failure to keep in line with Financial Fair Play regulations, have also had their fair share of trials and tribulations. It is, of course, mere coincidence that they are owned by an Abu Dhabi based Middle Eastern consortium. Cynicism aside, City’s clashes with …
Financial Fair Play - Premier League Clubs Playing

Financial Fair Play - Premier League Clubs Playing "Fair"?

In a nutshell, Financial Fair Play is chiefly concerned with improving the overall financial health of European club football. After its inception in 2011, clubs that qualified for any UEFA competition were required to prove that they did not have any overdue payables towards any other clubs, players, or authorities throughout the season. As of the 2013/14 season onwards, it was also a necessity for clubs to ensure that they complied with break-even requirements. Per assessment period, clubs can spend …
Is it right to leave Premier League Stars out of the U21's?

Is it right to leave Premier League Stars out of the U21's?

After an embarrassing 3-1 reverse against Italy on Wednesday night, England U21s crashed out of the European Championships, finishing bottom of Group B. It is the third time in as many tournaments that the Young Lions have failed to make it past the group stages and raises the question as to whether it is right to leave the established Premier League stars back in Blighty. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw, …
Quality versus Quantity | Clubs Should Be Wiser With Their Money

Quality versus Quantity | Clubs Should Be Wiser With Their Money

‘If you spend more than £100 million, you expect to be challenging for the league.’ Sorry about this Brendan, I know you’ve got enough on your plate at the moment, but you can’t expect to get away with comments like that with Liverpool finishing 25 points off the pace. Since 2012, Rodgers has bought 24 players, with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho the only confirmed hits. This year’s crop of Lambert, Lallana, Can, Lovren, Markovic, Manquillo, Moreno and, the crowning …
The Cherry on the Cake | Can Bournemouth Survive in the Premier League

The Cherry on the Cake | Can Bournemouth Survive in the Premier League

“Five years ago we were on the abyss. We were 10 minutes away from the Conference and the chances are we would never have got out of the Conference with the resources we had available to us at that stage.” That was Jeff Mostyn, Chairman of Bournemouth AFC, speaking after his club won promotion to the Premier League. How times change. The Cherries’ march to the Promised Land is a story worthy of Hans Christian Andersen. Well, maybe his Russian …
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