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Sporting inequalities

Gross inequalities of income pervade professional sport. A clear example is provided by the sponsorship of team shirts in football. At present, the most lucrative deal in Europe is the annual £15m paid by Libyan energy giant Tamoil to Juventus. In Britain, Chelsea’s £10m a year from Samsung is the largest. But this has recently been surpassed by Manchester United.

After Vodafone pulled out of its £9m-a-year deal with United to sponsor the Champions League instead, the Reds came close to securing an arrangement worth twice as much with the online casino Mansion. The proposal fell through, but…

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