Global Business of Soccer Recap

Beckham looking around in Miami, the New York Cosmos signing in a new partnership, and which clubs are the best at increasing the value of their assets.  All this and of course just a little bit more in this Business of Soccer week in review.


EA Sports Releases FIFA 14 Trailer (Soccer Bible)

Electronic Arts continues to somehow make every new addition to this franchise better with each release.  This year they’ve continued to expand the dimensions of defending,  as well as pivoting, protecting the ball, and a number of other gameplay aspects.

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Premier League Clubs to Generate $4.67 Billion in Revenue for 2013/14 Season (Business of Soccer)

Revenue for the upcoming season of all 20 Premier League Clubs combined is expected to increase by 25% this upcoming season after previous years of mild single digit growth.  There seems to be one specific revenue contributor responsible.

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Villareal Return to La Liga Primera Division (BBC Sport)

Villareal, former Champions League semi-finalists in 2006, were relegated at the end of last season.  Their bid for immediate promotion suffered a tragic loss in the death of their Manager Manuel Preciado but they ended their season proudly by gaining promotion back to La Liga.

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New York Cosmos Announce Emirates Sponsorship Deal and Discuss Future (Business of Soccer)

Business of Soccer was invited to the New York Cosmos Press Conference that promised a “major announcement.”  They certainly did not disappoint and left little to the imagination with Emirates logos all over the The Cosmopolitan Room at the Four Seasons Hotel.

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Herbalife Is New Official Nutrition Sponsor of Cristiano Ronaldo (Market Watch – WSJ)

The global nutrition company and the Portuguese Real Madrid star have signed a 5-year year deal to promote healthy and active lifestyles.  CEO, Michael Johnson feels the partnership will give them a “key advantage.”

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Japan’s World Cup Berth Already Paying Dividends (Bloomberg)

From Sony, to Adidas, to Audi, sponsors of the Japanese National Team, Samurai Blue, are not taking the team’s World Cup qualification lightly.  With Japan the first to qualify, companies are looking forward to leveraging the success into consumer sales growth.

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Everton and Ex-Man United Player Phil Neville Confirms Retirement From Football (Sky Sports)

36 year old Phil Neville has called time on his playing career.  He has won 6 Premier League trophies and 1 Champions League trophy.  In hipster fashion, he waited until after many other retirement announcements were made to announce his own, so as not to get caught up with the rest.

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Beckham Interested In Miami For MLS Expansion Franchise (Business of Soccer)

Along with billionaire Marcelo Claure, Beckham spent a couple days in the Miami area looking at potential stadium locations while also meeting with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose Diaz and Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

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Which Premier League Club Makes the Most Out of Their Assets (Daily Mail)

The Football Observatory research center in Switzerland recently released a report which explains an objective model for putting a price valuation on every player in the ‘Big 5’ leagues as well as a comparison to what each team payed for each player.  This created an interesting picture of clubs who are best at adding value to players they bring in.

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KNVB States Case For Technology In Dutch Game (SoccerEx)

The Dutch Football Association has selected Hawk-Eye to conduct a two year goal line technology study in domestic dutch football.  The project, titled “‘Arbitration 2.0” will be given a 500,000 Euro budget.

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