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  1. Aberdeen FC shareholders vote backs private company move

    Aberdeen v Celtic

    Shareholders have voted in favour of Aberdeen FC becoming a private limited company.

    Chairman Stewart Milne said last month thatchanging from a public limited company could unlock £2m of potential investment in the club, as well as making it easier to attract more capital in future.

    A circular detailing the proposal was issued to all shareholders.

    A vote was held at a general meeting at Pittodrie on Tuesday afternoon.

  2. 'Sport outpacing other parts of the leisure economy'

    USA v England women's football match

    The average time spent participating in and consuming sport has grown by 22% over the last 10 years - almost double the rate of overall leisure time growth (12%), according to data from sports agency Two Circles.

    In the same period, global leisure time increased at an average growth rate of 1.1% year-on-year or 12% across the decade, it said.

    "Data shows that as technology and growing disposable income increases the amount of free time the average person has to pursue recreational activities , the global population is turning to sport over other pastimes," they added.

    This is due to a greater emphasis being placed on health and fitness, a greater supply of sports media, and sport’s growing cultural relevance.

    "The successes of the major US leagues’ international expansion strategies; the Premier League’s continued global viewership growth; and the exponential growth of women’s sport - seen with the ongoing FIFA Women's World Cup - are just three prominent examples of sport’s continued penetration into everyday global life."

    Last night England’s Women’s World Cup semi-final match against the US delivered a record broadcast audience for a women’s football game in the UK.

  3. Aberdeen FC shareholders set to vote on private move

    Aberdeen v Celtic

    Shareholders are set to vote on whether to back Aberdeen FC becoming a private limited company.

    Chairman Stewart Milne said last month thatchanging from a public limited company could unlock £2m of potential investment in the club, as well as making it easier to attract more capital in future.

    A circular detailing the proposal was issued to all shareholders.

    A vote is now due at a general meeting at Pittodrie on Tuesday afternoon.

    Read more here.

  4. Backdoor to Betfair via overseas gambling sites?

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    BBC Radio 4

    Horse racing

    The Financial Times has an interesting story featuring what it says is a means by which overseas gamblers can use loosely regulated partner sites to access UK platforms, such as Betfair.

    Its reporters say they used loopholes to enable anonymous gambling, and to avoid checks on their identities and the provenance of their money.

    Peter Jackson, boss of Betfair parent Flutter, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Betfair is a company that operates in 100 countries around the world. Here in the UK if you do want to open an account you have to go through very stringent checks.

    "We do have partners who operate on our platform, we ask them to make sure that their customers adhere to the same very high standards that we do.

    "We will look into understanding what has happened here."

  5. Puma unveils new Manchester City kit

    New MCFC kit

    German sports kitmaker Puma has unveiled the first football shirt of its new partnership with English treble-winners Manchester City.

    The size of the deal has not been disclosed, but media reports suggest it could be worth up to £65m a year for 10 years.

    It also covers sister clubs in Australia, Spain, Uruguay and China.

    Puma chief executive Bjorn Gulden said it was the biggest deal his firm had ever done.

    Prior to the new deal, City were outfitted by American giants Nike.

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  7. Derby and Villa 'battle for biggest prize in football'

    ASton Villa v Derby County

    Aston Villa and Derby County compete in the Championship Play-Off final at Wembley on Monday, with Deloitte calling it "the most lucrative one-off match in world football".

    Its Sports Business Group says promotion to the Premier League will see an increase in revenue of at least £170m, rising to a minimum of £300m if they avoid relegation in their first season.

    Dan Jones, partner and head of the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “This season’s Championship has been tremendously competitive at the top-end of the table, and the play-off games so far have provided great entertainment for neutral football fans.

    “This winner-takes-all clash will once again be a great advertisement for the Championship, with the winner guaranteed to see a significant boost to their revenues."