Entrepreneurship in Soccer: Bumpy Pitch & the Original Winger

Business of Soccer’s Entrepreneurship Series examines individuals and companies that transformed their passion into their profession through entrepreneurship.  The first installment of the series looks at Bumpy Pitch, a clothing ...

Soccer-Specific Stadiums Prove Important Investment for MLS Succss

Over the course of its nineteen year history, Major League Soccer (MLS) has seen a great deal of changes.  From 1996 through today, MLS franchises have expanded, contracted, and relocated, ...

Thinking Box to Box: Adspace in Televised Soccer

Commercial breaks, timeouts, referee play reviews and any other break in normal play of professional sports are the playgrounds of advertisers and marketers. To the fan sitting in the stadium, ...

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Week 25 Fills MLS Stadiums 91% on Average, Last SuperClasico Nearly Sells-Out

MLS week 25 average attendance is 20,035. The regular season average has ...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning… English ...

Global Business of Soccer Recap

  Super short term memory, at least according to James Harden, Scottie ...

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Soccer Specific Stadiums Prove Important Investment for MLS Success (Cont’d)

Kansas City and New York are two examples of the positive impact of soccer-specific stadia in the league.  There are a few examples where soccer stadiums did not cause a significant increase in attendance.  Below are the average home attendances for Chicago Fire and the Colorado Rapids, both playing their first full season in a […]

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Weeks 1 & 2 of Premier League Attendance Are a Mixed Bag

The Barclay’s Premier League has now completed the second week of games and every team in the top tier of English soccer has played their first home game of the season.  With that, all twenty venues have had an opportunity to fill their seats whether it’s Queen’s Park Rangers’ 18,000 capacity Loftus Road or Manchester […]

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MLS Average Attendance Increases to 18,954 on the Season Through Week 24

MLS week 24 average attendance is 20,440. The regular season average has increased 0.4% to 18,954 from 18,878 last week. Stadiums were 88.63% filled throughout the week, remaining at 85.1% of capacity for the season. Three matches were sold out this week – Seattle Sounders versus San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field, Sporting Kansas City versus […]

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Jermaine Jones Heads to Foxborough

The Jermaine Jones club search has now concluded with the US Men’s National Team player signing with the New England Revolution on Sunday. Jones will occupy one of the club’s Designated Player vacancies and while contract terms were not disclosed, it has been widely reported that New England will pay Jones a $4.5 million combined […]

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Follow the Money: Middle Eastern Influence in Global Soccer (Part II: Qatar)

Following the money in European football helps gain perspective in the power that sport has around the world.  Financial individuals and groups that span the globe look to promote their business interests by investing in soccer through a variety of channels.  The first part of this series examined the small but influential Middle Eastern nation […]

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FC Bayern Munich Partners with SAP to Optimize Player Health and Performance

On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, SAP, the world’s largest supplier of business-management software, announced it had signed a three-year partnership agreement with German football powerhouse, FC Bayern Munich though the financial terms were not made available. The club will use SAP’s in-memory database platform and software, Hana, to collect and track player health and performance […]

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Barcelona and FIFA Appeals: How to Sign Players During a Transfer Ban

Yesterday FIFA, the world’s soccer governing body, announced that FC Barcelona’s appeal to lift the transfer ban and fines imposed on the club for violating FIFA’s youth international transfer regulations has been rejected in full. According to FIFA, FC Barcelona is to serve a transfer ban which will see the club prevented from registering any players at […]

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Week 23 Follows Second Highest MLS Average Attendance With Second Lowest at 15,924

MLS week 23 average attendance is 15,924. The regular season average has decreased 0.67% to 18,878 from 19,006 last week. Stadiums were 81.9% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.9% of capacity for the season. Four matches were sold out this week – Real Salt Lake versus Seattle Sounders at Rio Tinto Stadium, Columbus Crew […]

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

  Here are some of the top stories from around the global soccer industry from last week…   James Nets More in Monaco (Business of Soccer) Real Madrid recently completed the transfer of James Rodriguez from AS Monaco for US$108M (€84M, £63M), the fourth highest transfer fee paid for a player in the history of soccer. […]

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Chelsea FC’s Transfer Dealings Through the FFP Filter

£133 million, or €159.6 million, or $220 million, it really makes no difference which currency you do business in, the amount of money that Chelsea Football Club has raised selling four of its highest profile players since this past January is staggering. That should mean Chelsea have a $220 million war chest to spend, they’d […]

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Follow The Money: Middle Eastern Influence in Global Soccer (Part 1: U.A.E)

It’s been said that an optimal method to get to the bottom of many political or social question or problem is to ‘follow the money’.  Even for a game like soccer, any questions about the professional sport can always be tied back to money.  Cash is king in the professional soccer industry.  In the past […]

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Week 22 MLS Attendance Averages 22,201, Second Most in 2014

MLS week 22 average attendance is 22,201. The regular season average has increased 0.77% to 19,006 from 18,862 last week. Stadiums were 94.21% filled throughout the week, remaining at 85.05% of capacity for the season. Four matches were sold out this week – Philadelphia Union versus Montreal Impact at PPL Park, Real Salt Lake versus D.C. […]

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Premier League Ticket Prices Cause Uproar Amongst Supporters Ahead of 2014-15 Campaign

Today there will be a very different “March to the Match” in London as Premier League fans join together to show their frustration with the Football Association (FA) and its clubs about the rise in ticket prices. The Football Supporter’s Federation (FSF) is leading the march on the FA’s headquarters that will begin from London’s […]

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Where Do Soccer Players Go When They Retire (Part 2: Coaching)

Although the title has taken a more creative turn (Thanks to an indirect title suggestion from a fellow Business of Soccer writer), this is part two of a series that looks at some of the career options available and being pursued by former professional soccer players.  The fact is that professional careers in sports are dramatically […]

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James Nets More in Monaco

An analysis on taxation in sport ahead of the expected debut of one of the most high profile player transfers in history. Real Madrid recently completed the transfer of James Rodriguez from AS Monaco for US$108M (€84M, £63M), the fourth highest transfer fee paid for a player in the history of soccer.  The move is […]

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

  Here are some of the top stories from around the global soccer industry from last week…   1-1 with Tony Meola - (Business of Soccer) Insurance giant Allstate’s slogan “you’re in good hands” takes on new meaning when applied to Tony Meola. One of the most successful goalkeepers in US soccer history. Last week, Business of […]

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1-on-1 with Tony Meola

Insurance giant Allstate’s slogan “you’re in good hands” takes on new meaning when applied to Tony Meola. One of the most successful goalkeepers in US soccer history, Meola has appeared on three World Cup rosters and won numerous accolades, including MLS “Goalkeeper of the Year” in 2000. His off-the-field pursuits include a try-out for placekicker […]

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Quakes Open Levi’s Stadium to 48,765 fans in Week 21

MLS week 21 average attendance is 19,033. The regular season average has increased 0.06% to 18,862 from 18,850 last week. Stadiums were 77.04% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.63% of capacity for the season. Two matches were sold out this week – Real Salt Lake versus New York Red Bulls at Rio Tinto Stadium […]

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Manchester United vs. Real Madrid: Big Business at the Big House

On  Saturday, Manchester United defeated Real Madrid 3-1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI.  The match was attended by 109,318 spectators – a new record for the highest attended soccer contest held in the history of the United States.  A few takeaways and their implications, below: Winning: Despite the result, both Manchester United (“United”) and […]

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Type of Sponsor Becoming More Important in Soccer

Soccer clubs around the world are welcoming to myriad of sponsorships.  Sponsors bring in revenue for the club, raise the profile of the team, allow clubs to connect with fans in new ways, and enhance their product.  However, sports fans are becoming more informed and can tell the difference between sense and “non-cents” when it […]

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Hung Jury on Success of MLS-European Club Friendlies

Since the conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there has been a seemingly endless amount of praise for the potential for soccer in the United States.  This has been highlighted to great lengths, harping on the idea that America’s time to truly embrace soccer has finally arrived.  Major League Soccer (MLS), US Soccer, and […]

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Professional Development Post Playing-Career (Part 1: Broadcasting)

  A career as a professional athlete, regardless of the sport, is in some ways a very loose application of the term “career”.  Loose in the sense that as far as most standard careers are concerned, one that rarely lasts longer than a decade is at times hardly a career at all and more, as […]

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

  Here are some of the top stories from around the global soccer industry from last week…   The Rise of Men in Blazers: A Case Study in Authentic Positioning (Business of Soccer) Once limited to a faithful collective of podcast fans in the United States, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett—better known as “Men in Blazers”—rose […]

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Trouble in Paradise? MLS Stadium in Miami Struggles Continue

When David Beckham joined Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and MLS Commissioner Don Garber on a stage overlooking Biscayne Bay in Miami this past February to announce that he had exercised his option to purchase an MLS franchise to be based in Miami, the response he received from the general public, the media, and industry […]

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Inter Milan Train at Catholic University

  Yesterday, Business of Soccer had the privilege and pleasure to attend one of Inter Milan’s training sessions open to media.  The team, whose base in the United States is in Washington DC trains on Catholic University’s athletic facilities, specifically on their “Patriot Bermuda Grass” field. Inter is in the United States to participate in […]

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