Manchester City lead the way as Premier League Big Six chase cash

Premier League champions Manchester City are confident the Big Six club battle for a greater share of overseas TV rights money will be resolved at the Premier League summer meeting.

City chief executive Ferran Soriano has led the way in claiming that the major clubs who attract most of the foreign interest should receive more of the rights money currently shared equally.

Soriano made clear at the League Managers’ Association dinner how optimistic he is about a settlement being agreed by the 20 clubs in June.

Manchester City are confident the Big Six battle for more overseas TV  money will be resolved

Manchester City are confident the Big Six battle for more overseas TV  money will be resolved

Manchester City are confident the Big Six battle for more overseas TV money will be resolved

And he says it will happen despite the impasse last October, when a Premier League meeting was cancelled as it became clear there was no chance of the 14-6 majority needed for a rule change. 

This concerned the proposed 35 per cent of foreign rights money being distributed on a sliding scale depending on league position.

Only three other clubs — Leicester, Newcastle and Everton — supported the top six made up of the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has ordered clubs to come up with a solution at next month’s summit. 

He knows it is only before the start of the season — when relegation fears immediately kick in — that there is any chance of a deal being reached. 

It will also help Soriano and Co that the three relegated clubs — West Brom, Swansea and Stoke — were all committed to keeping the equal share, while the promoted clubs all have foreign ownership that might be more approachable to the Big Six business model.

The splits are already there in the newly reformed ECB under chairman Colin Graves (right)

The splits are already there in the newly reformed ECB under chairman Colin Graves (right)

The splits are already there in the newly reformed ECB under chairman Colin Graves (right)

The splits are already there in the newly reformed England Cricket Board, shorn of the direct county representatives who dead-man-walking chairman Colin Graves was banking on to shore up his fragile position. 

However, it has emerged that former England women’s Test cricketer Lucy Pearson, one of the new independent directors, opposed the ECB’s appointment of Glamorgan’s Barry O’Brien. 

This was because of the conflict over the on-going investigation into the £2.5m ECB compensation because Cardiff no longer stage Test cricket.

Jordan Carson, son of a Chesterfield secretary, bet on Martin Allen becoming new Barnet boss

Jordan Carson, son of a Chesterfield secretary, bet on Martin Allen becoming new Barnet boss

Jordan Carson, son of a Chesterfield secretary, bet on Martin Allen becoming new Barnet boss

The football disciplinary authorities are going to take a dim view — around insider trading — of Jordan Carson, son of Chesterfield secretary and day-to-day club chief Ashley Carson. 

Carson Jnr boasted on Twitter of winning £520 having had a £20 bet on Sky Bet at odds of 25-1 on Martin Allen becoming the new manager of the League Two club. The bet was struck at 5.36pm on May 6. 

An FA spokesman said they are aware of the tweet.

BBC Sport are declining to reveal the number of personnel they will take to Russia for the World Cup until after the tournament, saying the figure could change during the competition. 

It’s more likely that they don’t want the embarrassment of how many people they send at licence fee payers’ expense being put in the public domain.

BBC Sport are declining to reveal the number of personnel they will take to Russia this summer

BBC Sport are declining to reveal the number of personnel they will take to Russia this summer

BBC Sport are declining to reveal the number of personnel they will take to Russia this summer

World Cup free-for-all

The FA communication department’s commitment to do things differently at the World Cup now extends to putting up all 23 players at the same time to be interviewed by the media at St George’s Park on June 5. 

The admirable initiative is taken from the Superbowl, when the NFL insist both finalists do likewise. 

Forgive the scepticism after seeing so many England footballers swerve the Press — but it’s just not going to happen.

Sky Sports’ invitation to manager Pep Guardiola to go to their Isleworth HQ for a special interview this week comes about after Manchester City’s promised to give the subscription channel extra material. 

It follows Sky’s anger at Amazon Prime getting behind-the-scenes access for their £10m City docu-series. 

And Amazon’s 30-second trailer for All or Nothing: Manchester City promotes some of that Pep dressing-room action that Sky have never been allowed to film.

Pep Guardiola's appearance on Sky Sports came after a promise made by Manchester City 

Pep Guardiola's appearance on Sky Sports came after a promise made by Manchester City 

Pep Guardiola’s appearance on Sky Sports came after a promise made by Manchester City 

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