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The Business of Sport - Football in the Red.

Join leading figures in football for a BBC debate:

It will be broadcast live on Tuesday 2 March (all times GMT)

2000-2100 BBC News Channel

2000-2130 BBC Radio 5 live

2000-2130 BBC News website

The BBC Business and Economics Unit has commissioned a full week of multi-platform and multi-lingual coverage of all the issues, for the first of week of March, marking 100 days until the FIFA football World Cup.

The highlight of the week will be The Business Of Sport – Football In The Red debate about the future of football finance which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC News Channel and re-broadcast on the BBC World Service and BBC World News.

The debate from Manchester on Tuesday 2 March will be hosted by Mark Pougatch.

The panel will feature the BBC's Chief Economics Correspondent Hugh Pym, Daily Telegraph Sports Editor and soon-to-be BBC Sports Editor David Bond, the new West Ham United joint-chairman David Gold, and Gordon Taylor from the Professional Footballers' Association.

Others from the world of football, and a live studio audience, will also join in the discussion.

Jeremy Hillman, Editor of the Economics and Business Centre in BBC News, says: "There couldn't be a better time to be looking at how the global recession and high finance is impacting sport around the world at all levels.

"Above everything this is a great opportunity to combine the incredible knowledge and contacts across specialisms like business, sports, sport news and 5 Live to create journalism which is greater than the sum of its parts.

"Football, particularly, is a fascinating story at the moment. We're looking forward to a lively debate on Tuesday.

"But this whole week is an opportunity to tell stories about sports great and small, in the UK and around the world. I'm especially glad that the language services have embraced this idea."

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Debate was decent,

nothing we havnt heard or known previously.

good to see a few FC United faces in the audience

lol at David Gold saying the premier league is in fine shape "we have the best players in the world, we get to see them week in week out"

wrong on two counts.

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C/s Kompressor, it was decent but it wasn't as enlighting as I thought it would be.

I was creasing when Gold said he put some money on the table so pompey just went into administration so the hammers kept their 4 points.

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