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SBD Global/March 29, 2013/Franchises

League One Coventry City To Play Final Three Regular-Season Games At Ricoh Arena

League One Coventry City will play its final three scheduled league games of the season at the Ricoh Arena "after the agreement of a short-term deal," according to the BBC. Coventry City FC Ltd and Arena Coventry Ltd Joint Administrator Paul Appleton made the announcement "in a short statement on Thursday morning." The club has been locked in a year-long rent row with ACL, its landlords. The club said, "We apologise profusely to fans about the confusion. We are delighted this has now been resolved. Moving forward, we hope that we can continue a constructive dialogue with ACL with the aim of securing a sustainable future for the club at the Ricoh Arena" (BBC, 3/28). The PA wrote the final line of Coventry's statement suggests the club's long-term future "may still lie at the venue, which is jointly owned by the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and Coventry City Council." The lengthy row centers on Coventry's refusal to pay an annual rental fee of £1.28M ($1.94M), the highest in both League One and the Championship "by some considerable distance, while also bemoaning the fact they do not get access to 100% of matchday revenue" (PA, 3/28).

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