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AHEAD OF THE GAME: National League deflated due to lack of balls New Balance

IN THE FUTURE OF THE GAME: The National League went flat with missing New Balance balls as tensions remain high between the Premier League and the EFL over crucial fan-led review issues.

  • The National League could end its team deal with New Balance
  • The group has struggled to supply balls and equipment to the 66 non-league clubs.
  • The Premier League and EFL are still at odds on Tracey Crouch’s fan review
  • Controversial topics include financial redistribution and independent regulation.


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The National League is considering ending its business partnership with New Balance because the company did not provide enough balls to its clubs.

New Balance has struggled to fulfill its contract for supplying balls and training equipment to the 66 non-League clubs for months, but the problem is now reaching a critical point, as the National League requires around 2000 extra balls to finish the season.

New Balance has promised to deliver a large batch in early December, but if they don’t meet this deadline, the National League will hire alternative suppliers and cancel a contract that has two years to run.

The National League could halt its deal with the New Balance ball due to a lack of supply recently.

The National League could halt its deal with the New Balance ball due to a lack of supply recently.

New Balance has struggled to fulfill its contract to supply balls and training equipment to 66 clubs

New Balance has struggled to fulfill its contract to supply balls and training equipment to 66 clubs

New Balance has struggled to fulfill its contract to supply balls and training equipment to 66 clubs

There have also been issues with the quantity and quality of training equipment that New Balance has been providing to coaching teams.

Tensions remain high between the EFL and the Premier League over the crucial issues of financial redistribution and independent regulation ahead of the release next week of the fan-led review by Tracey Crouch MP.

Clubs in League One and League Two in particular have been offended by the Premier League’s declaration on Thursday of an additional £ 20 million for the bottom two divisions, as the top flight made the same announcement last May and, conversely To this week’s claims, they are not providing any extra money.

Following the Premier League’s initial statement that followed its deal of a new £ 5bn national broadcast deal, the EFL criticized the offer for perpetuating the “lopsided, unsustainable and unfair financial distribution” of football. And they have yet to agree on the aid package.

The Premier League and EFL are colliding over various issues in Tracey Crouch fan review

The Premier League and EFL are colliding over various issues in Tracey Crouch fan review

The Premier League and EFL are colliding over various issues in Tracey Crouch fan review

The Premier League made the offer to fulfill its commitment to the Government to help smaller clubs, which was a condition of being able to extend its television contract with Sky Sports and BT Sport without going on the market.

Many clubs suspect the top flight is trying to win favor with the government ahead of the fan-led review, which will recommend the creation of an independent regulator they vehemently oppose.

The EFL has accepted the need for independent regulation in a dramatic move that will create more tension with the big clubs.

BARRY HIRES ‘THE MESSI OF LAW’

Gareth Barry appointed QA leader Nick De Marco to defend him after the FA accused him of a financial conspiracy involving ownership of Swindon Town in a move that suggests he wants to return to soccer.

Since he is no longer in the game, the former England midfielder could have ignored the charge, but is determined to clear his name after his agent, Michael Standing, accused him of secretly financing the Swindon purchase.

Gareth Barry has hired the 'Lionel Messi of sports law' to help him with his FA financial conspiracy case

Gareth Barry has hired the 'Lionel Messi of sports law' to help him with his FA financial conspiracy case

Gareth Barry has hired the ‘Lionel Messi of sports law’ to help him with his FA financial conspiracy case

Standing was charged by the FA with violating the club’s property rules in April after claiming in a High Court case last year that Barry loaned him £ 800,000 to fund the deal, and the FA earlier this week charged the former midfielder with be part of a conspiracy to hide. the deal.

De Marco, dubbed the ‘Lionel Messi of sports law,’ recently represented Newcastle in their battle with the Premier League over the acquisition of Saudi Arabia and Derby in their fight with the EFL.

Outgoing Premier League boss Gary Hoffman may have paid the price for working too hard during his 18-month tenure as president, and the Covid crisis forced him to get involved in operational matters that greatly extended the term of his post. non-executive.

Gary Hoffman left the Premier League this week amid the Newcastle takeover now underway

Gary Hoffman left the Premier League this week amid the Newcastle takeover now underway

Gary Hoffman left the Premier League this week amid the Newcastle takeover now underway

Given his unusually practical role, the former Northern Rock CEO became an easy target for clubs unhappy that the Premier League was keeping him in the dark about acquiring Newcastle, leading to him being ousted this month.

Hoffman was particularly vulnerable as clubs were never going to turn against CEO Richard Masters, given that he has been leading the sale of television rights to the Premier League in the United States.

The talks culminated this week with a record £ 2bn deal with NBC, almost double the value of the existing US contract.

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