Global Business of Soccer Recap


Welcome back to Business of Soccer‘s recap of the last week’s soccer news.  As with every summer, the news has been packed with transfer rumors flying around along with players trumping and fulfilling them left and right.  Despite all the transfer talk though, there has been quite a bit of business action going on behind the scene including a new American takeover at Fulham, a Russian advertising slip up and a new incentive introduced by a certain MLS club to eliminate an infamous chant.  All that and more here in the latest edition of Business of Soccers Global Soccer Recap.


GolTV Acquires Package of Preseason Soccer Right (Sportspro Media)

As Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United tour southeast Asia this preseason, GolTV has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast a number of scheduled pre-season friendlies including some major German, Spanish and English clubs.

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Fulham: Mohamed Al Fayed Sells Club to Shahid Khan (BBC Sport)

Shahid Khan, who also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise purchased Fulham Football Club from owner Mohamed Al Fayd, who has owned the club since 1997.  The move comes after the Cottagers finished 12th last season in the Premier League and have yet to match their recent success in reaching the Europa League Final in 2010.

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VIP Fans Eligible For Refunds After Messi’s Exit (Associated Press)

World Soccer Icon Lionel Messi blanked a scheduled meet and greet after one of his United States “Messi and Friends” matches in Chicago.  Causing a media uproar, VIP fans who had paid close to $2500 to meet the Argentinian are set for a refund on their tickets following the snub.

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Santos Investor Meeting To Answer Questions on Neymar’s Barcelona Move (Bloomberg)

A Brazilian player investment group, DIS Sport, have been asking to see the contract that saw Brazilian starlet Neymar move to Barcelona to see  if they are due compensation as a result of a $2.3 million investment in 2009 for 40% of future transfer rights.

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Aston Villa Set To Challenge Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Program (Business of Soccer)

Aston Villa, West Brom, and Fulham have prepared or may be preparing formal challenges to the Elite Player Performance Plan (the “EPPP”).  With recent moves of young British stars like Isaiah Brown and Dan Crowley for pittances, many clubs are finding issues with the newly introduced system.

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New York Red Bulls Sign Marketing Partner (SportsPro Media)

The New York Red Bulls have partnered with New Jersey based Law Firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, with part of the agreement including youth oriented and community outreach programs.

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Tottenham Hotspur Under Armor Kit Launch Event (SoccerBible)

Tottenham have revealed their new Under Armor home, away and goalkeeper kits recently which also included their new shirt Sponsor HP (Hewlett Packard).  The event also displayed Under Armor’s new slogan “I Will” which replaces “We Must Protect This House”.

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‘Nazi Logo’ Deleted From Club’s Website (BBC News)

Lokomotiv Moscow found themselves in some hot water recently as the club attempted to market their new kits on their website.  In the backdrop of the modeled kits appeared an image of a train train that some fan’s complained was a model used by the Nazis.  The background was subsequently removed from the picture but BBC has the before and after.

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Brazilian Court to Decide if World Cup Law Constitutional (Bloomberg)

A Brazilian law that covers certain conditions regarding the World Cup in 2014 is being reviewed for constitutionality.  Having to due with tax exemptions and liability issues, the case is not expected to have an impact on the organization of the event set to happen next summer.

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New York Red Bulls Offer Cash To Supporters To Stop YSA Chants (Business of Soccer)

With the spreading of the infamous YSA chant across MLS stadiums nation-wide and now being able to be discerned on national broadcasts, many clubs have made moves to remove the chant from home supporter sections groups.  The New York Red Bulls have taken an interesting approach offering money for consecutive home games without the chant.

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