Global Business of Soccer Recap

NASL Board Invites Oklahoma City Investment Group to Present at July Meeting (Business of Soccer)

NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson confirmed last month to Indy Week that an investment group from Oklahoma City, OK has been formally invited to join the NASL Board of Governors at their July meeting on the 25th to present their proposal for an expansion team in their home city.

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FIFA Suspends Cameroon FA (Soccerex)

FIFA has announced the provisional suspension of the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT) with immediate effect, citing government interference in the running of the governing body. FIFA said a normalisation committee will be established to revise the FECAFOOT statutes and to organise elections for new office bearers by March 31, 2014, at the same time as managing the daily business of the body.

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Perform Buys Sports Data Group Opta (Reuters)

Perform is raising 120 million pounds ($182 million) in a share sale to fund the purchase of sports data supplier Opta and future deals, the digital rights company said on Wednesday. Perform is paying up to 47 million pounds for Opta, which offers statistical information and player performance data from soccer leagues in Britain,Germany and the Netherlands to media clients and clubs themselves.

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UEFA Control and Disciplinary Board Levies Ban on Fenerbahce, Besiktas (Business of Soccer)

Last week the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body (the “CDB”) announced after conducting disciplinary proceedings regarding match-fixing that it was suspending Turkish clubs Fenerbahce SK  and Besiktas JK, and Romanian club FC Steaua Bucuresti from UEFA club competitions.

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Barcelona Bags Commercial Brace (Soccerex)

FC Barcelona has sealed two new sponsorship deals, furthering its ties with Qatar Airways and extending its partnership with financial institution MoraBanc. Qatar Airways has been announced as the title sponsor of the Primera Division champion’s summer tour of Asia.

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FIFA Wants Argentina-Uruguay 2030 World Cup: Grondona (Reuters)

FIFA wants the centenary World Cup in 2030 to be jointly staged by Uruguay and Argentina, who met in the final of the inaugural tournament, Argentine FA (AFA) president Julio Grondona said on Thursday.

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CONCACAF Banks Santander Deal for 2013 Gold Cup (Soccerex)

Sovereign Bank, a subsidiary of Santander Holdings USA, has agreed a platinum-level sponsorship deal with the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) which sees Santander become the official bank of the 2013 Gold Cup. The deal began this week with a special soccer skills demonstration programme for over 350 inner city children in the US city of Boston.

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AirAsia Chief Fernandes to Enter Indian Soccer (Business Standard)

His low-cost carrier is set to take off from Indian skies shortly, and Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes is already planning to enter another area in India — football. Fernandes, who’s not a greenhorn in football, has plans to bring international teams to India, along with his own Queens Park Rangers (QPR), to hold leagues in the country, say sources.

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Startup Predicts Soccer Results (The Wall Street Journal)

If someone could predict with 90% accuracy the outcome of a soccer game, you might be tempted to put a bet on that match. Betegy, a startup here in the Polish capital, is claiming just that on some games in major European and global leagues.

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Gary Stevenson and MLS Structure Concentration (Business of Soccer)

Business growth, especially in the sports industry is obviously never a straight forward game plan and clearly for soccer in the United States it is entirely more complex than simply building some teams and hoping fans will arrive and spend.  Major League Soccer, its business model, and its structure are far from a prepackaged, made from a concentrated recipe for success.

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