Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: Business Ethics in the Soccer Industry

“Do the right thing.” This was something that my father told me every time I left the house growing up – a tradition I plan to carry on with my ...

The Present & Future of MLS (Part I): A Profile of Homegrown Players in the League

Producing homegrown talent is, and should be, a priority for any professional soccer organization. Busby’s Babes at Manchester United, FC Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, John Terry, Thomas Müller, Iker Cassillas, ...

No Stoppage Time: Financial Implications of Video Replay in MLS

Technology has had a profound impact on the way we play, analyze, and regulate sport.  The 21st century has ushered in this new age where knowledge is power in the ...

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

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

Major League Soccer Releases New Logo Heading Into New Era

It is called MLS NEXT. Early this morning, Major League Soccer unveiled ...

Premier League Week 4 Attendance Increases Despite Decreased Stadium Capacity Fulfillment

The Premier League was back from the international break in Week 4 ...

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MLS Week 27 Attendance Average is 17,460 as Teams’ Playoff Hopes Fade

MLS week 27 average attendance is 17,460. The regular season average has decreased 0.35% to 18,818 from 18,884 last week. Stadiums were 79.86% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.68% of capacity for the season. Two matches were sold out this week – Seattle Sounders versus Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field and San Jose […]

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

Here are some of the top stories from the global soccer industry from last week… USMNT Post-World Cup Transfers: A Waiting Game (Business of Soccer) With the close of the transfer window last week, we saw stars that shined at the FIFA World Cup sign with some big-name clubs.  James Rodriguez from Colombia moved to Real […]

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USMNT Post-World Cup Transfers: A Waiting Game

With the close of the transfer window last week, we saw stars that shined at the FIFA World Cup sign with some big-name clubs.  James Rodriguez from Colombia moved to Real Madrid from AS Monaco with Madrid spending around $108 million for the move.  Luis Suarez moved to Barcelona FC despite the large suspension he was […]

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One Sold-Out Stadium in MLS Week 26, Averaging Only 16,594

MLS week 26 average attendance is 16,594. The regular season average has decreased 0.61% to 18,884 from 18,999 last week. Stadiums were 76.1.7% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.9% of capacity for the season. Only one match was sold out this week – Real Salt Lake versus FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium Below […]

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Global Business of Soccer Recap

Transfer deadline day ended last week and with that the transfer silly season has ended as well, here are last week’s major stories and headlines from Business of Soccer and around the industry.   Top European Players Make Seven Times More Than MLS’ Top Earners – (Business of Soccer) Since the DP rule and David […]

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The Evolving Landscape of Digital Media Rights in Soccer

The question constantly asked to anyone with a relevant opinion on soccer in the United States is always “will this be the year soccer makes it”, or something along those lines.  Many ask with the hopes in hearing that the World Cup in Brazil showed that 2014 could be the fulcrum that tips the scales […]

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Top European Players Make Seven Times More Than MLS’ Top Earners

Major League Soccer (MLS) has made great strides in the way it compensates its players.  MLS has spent significantly more money on improving quality since the arrival of David Beckham in 2007.  Other quality players such as Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane, and several U.S. national team stars have cashed in big paydays since the Designated […]

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Week 3 BPL Stadiums More Full But Attendance Falls 2.59%

Business of Soccer’s attendance breakdown of the Barclay’s Premier League continues with ten games from Week 3 which started Saturday August 30th and ended Sunday August 31st. While Week 3 attendance figures at face value appear to continue a downward trend set by Week 2, the week itself actually holds its own given certain circumstances. […]

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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 increased 0.24% to 18,999 from 18,954 last week. Stadiums were 91.2% filled throughout the week, remaining at 8536% of capacity for the season. Four matches were sold out this week - Sporting Kansas City versus Houston Dynamo at Sporting Park, Seattle Sounders versus Colorado […]

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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 label anchored by its partner site, The Original Winger, both of which deliver American soccer culture and identity to consumers across the world.  Business of […]

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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, playoff formats have changed, and game play has been modified to align more closely with the way the rest of the world plays the game.  […]

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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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Global Business of Soccer Recap

  Super short term memory, at least according to James Harden, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, and Landon Donovan, is a key characteristic of successful people and if you’re here reading Business of Soccer then we cant help but feel that you have a winning and successful personality as well.  So here’s to short term memory […]

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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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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, these breaks in play aren’t as significant, but to the fan sitting on his couch at home, or on a stool in a bar, these […]

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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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