Global Business of Soccer Recap

In this week’s global business of soccer recap, we cover the future beyond New York City Football Club and investment in the southeastern United States, further investigation into FIFA’s unethical spending, changes within the FIFA Executive Committee, and more.

 

Beckham says prospect of owning Miami MLS team “exciting” (Reuters)
Beckham, accompanied by Bolivian born billionaire Marcelo Claure, who wants to team-up with him in owning a new franchise, visited two potential stadiums and met with the mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez, who handed him the keys to the county.

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FIFA Grants Were Spent on $1.5 Million Mansion, Caribbean Land (Bloomberg)
The Zurich-based not-for-profit organization released information about more than 500 development grants paid out during President Sepp Blatter’s 14-year presidency. FIFA is trying to increase transparency following the ousting or resignation since 2011 of at least four officials amid ethics investigations.

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State Of The Game: US Soccer And RFK Stadium (Business of Soccer)
As a former D.C.-area native, born and raised in the suburbs of Silver Spring Maryland, RFK stadium does have a place in a lot of memories for me. I have seen D.C. United in RFK from ten years old all the way to twenty three before I moved. If I am sitting down, in my mind I can put myself back on any one of the many Metro trains, sitting in those orange molded plastic seats with blueish design upholstery, hearing “doors closing please step back from the door” fifteen times as I take potentially three different train lines to get from Silver Spring Station on the Red line to the D.C. Armory stop on the Blue and Orange lines. Luckily getting on where I did, I always got a seat up until Metro Center or Gallery Place, but from there once you switch trains you’ll most likely have to stand the rest of the way. As you walk out of the station, and down the street you pass street vendors selling anything from D.C. beanies and water, to D.C. United t-shirts, hot dogs and tickets to the game you’re already going to. Once you make it around the corner, and you’re done glancing at D.C. armory and convention center on your right, you look straight ahead, there it is, the beast that is RFK stadium.

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Ladies Get a Seat at the Table: First Ever Woman Elected to FIFA Executive Committee (Business of Soccer)
For the first time in its history, FIFA will have a woman officially sitting on its Executive Committee. Lydia Nsekera, President of the Burundi FA, was elected to the Executive Committee yesterday during FIFA’s annual congressional meeting with 95 votes, edging out Moya Dodd of Australia (70 votes), and Sonia Bien-Aime of Turks and Caicos (38 votes).

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Chivas USA Discrimination Lawsuit Might Fit A Pattern (Business of Soccer)
Chivas USA finds itself under the media microscope for the second time in a month with the announcement of a wrongful termination and racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the club by two former youth coaches. This comes on the back of heavy rumors that the club and its parent Guadalajara outfit would be sold to billionaire Carlos Slim who it is believed would have no interest in continuing the USA extension of Mexico’s most successful club. The ownership rumor has only recently been dispelled due to the decision to ban multiple club ownership in Mexico. This effectively eliminates Slim’s interest since he already owns Pachuca and Club Leon (Previously discussed by Business of Soccer) in LigaMX.

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MLS All-Stars to face AS Roma July 31 at Sporting Park (Business of Soccer)
In an announcement at Sporting Park in Kansas City yesterday, Major League Soccer disclosed the opponent for the 2013 All Star Game – AS Roma of Italy’s Serie A. The match is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31st at Sporting Park; the venue’s first MLS All Star Game since its inaugural season in 2011.

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MLS Regular Season Attendance Remains Steady Through 13 Weeks; Declines 0.1% to 17,240 (Business of Soccer)
MLS week thirteen average attendance is 17,115. The regular season average has decreased 1.2% to 17,240 from 17,250 last week. Stadiums were 81.1% filled throughout the week; remaining at 79.9% of capacity for the season. Two matches were sold out this weekend – Colorado versus Chivas USA at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and Kansas City versus Houston at Sporting Park.

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Bayern Munich Wins Champions League, and MVB – Most Valuable Brand (Business of Soccer)
One of the most valuable weapons in any marketer’s toolbox is a powerful brand equity. After winning the only all-German UEFA Champions League final in history on Saturday, Bayern Munich not only became Europe’s best football club, but they also became the world’s most valuable football club brand.

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Cardiff City Interested in Options to Reduce Debt, Considering IPO (Business of Soccer)
Following Cardiff City Football Club’s successful campaign in the Championship division and recent promotion to the Barclays Premier League, the team is considering next steps towards improving its financial situation and reduce its debts.

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A Look at Administration: Palace, Promotion, and Portsmouth (Business of Soccer)
When Crystal Palace F.C. meets Watford F.C. on Monday in the npower Championship Playoff Final, an estimated $181 million payout is at stake, as previously discussed here at Business of Soccer.  And while neither team would shun such spoils, whether Crystal Palace would be in a position to claim the winner’s prize, and in fact, Crystal Palace’s very existence, was in question only a few years ago.  In January 2010, while playing in the Football League Championship, Crystal Palace entered into administration after racking up more than $45 million in debt and failing to timely pay its players’ wages on multiple occasions.  The Football League assessed Crystal Palace a 10-point penalty, but Crystal Palace managed to stay in the Football League Championship in 2010, surviving relegation to League One by just two points.

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