Global Business of Soccer Recap

Below are the highlights from the past of week of news in the soccer industry and included as part of the Global Business of Soccer Recap.

 

State of the Game: Disrupting the Soccer Industry, KYCK is Developing Technologies to Advance the Community (Business of Soccer)

It has been a year since KYCK moved its mobile application away from the beta phase and it was made available to the public and broader soccer community. At the same time, the digital media startup with a focus on the soccer industry had completed an initial round of seed funding that provided the company with more than $1 million from investors.

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Major League Soccer Players Union Releases Updated Salary Information (Business of Soccer)

Major League Soccer Players Union released updated salary information following the transfer of Clint Dempsey from Tottenham to Seattle. That alone was not the reason for the release; the players union typically releases updated information twice per year. The latest available information indicates the leaguewide payroll has increased 6.6% to $94.9 million from $89.0 million indicated in May 2013. The change is due in large part to the sig The record payroll was $99.3 million in 2012. There are now nine players earning greater that $1 million this season.

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50+1 And Socios: A Look At German & Spanish Football (Business of Soccer)

The issue of illegal state aid has cause a mild ruckus with The Independent’s recent revelation that Spanish giants Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona face having their status as fan owned clubs revoked. The article centers around a letter sent from the European Ombudsman to the EC President regarding the EC competition office’s prolonged investigation of the Barcelona and Madrid clubs.

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Orange County and Orlando Mayor Reach Agreement on Stadium (Business of Soccer)

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer reached an agreement on Friday afternoon to provide the necessary funding for a soccer specific stadium in Orlando and for Orlando City Soccer Club. The city has pledged $20 million towards the cost of the stadium. A final vote on the matter is to be scheduled for Orange County and the City of Orlando Board of Commissioners.

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FIFA Releases Updated World Ranking (Business of Soccer)

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Suarez Battles with Liverpool over Release Clause in Contract (Business of Soccer)

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has found himself, once again, at the forefront of another controversy. This time, he takes his battle off the pitch. Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, has told Suarez he will train with the second team due to his “total disrespect of the club.”

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Portland Timbers COO Discusses What it Takes to Host MLS All-Star Game (Business of Soccer)

One of the things that came through loud and clear from Golub was that the committee organized to plan the event wants to make sure that the magic of the All-Star Game is felt for the whole week leading up to the event and not just on the day of the match, and enjoyed by all fans – not just those that purchased tickets for the game. Golub pointed out that he was very impressed with the organization and execution of this year’s event from Sporting KC.

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New England Revolution GM Comments on Dempsey Transfer (Business of Soccer)

Prior to Sunday’s match between the New England Revolution and Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium, Revolution General Manager Mike Burns commented on the league’s latest transfer. Burns was named as the New England Revolution’s Director of Soccer in April 2005 and has been with the club since. In 2008, he became the Vice President of Player Personnel and in November 2011, Burns was promoted to General Manager. Burns was with New England during Dempsey’s final two professional seasons with the club.

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MLS Season Average Attendance Remains Steady in Week 23; Up 0.22% to 18,110 (Business of Soccer)

MLS week 23 average attendance is 18,986. The regular season average has increased 0.22% to 18,110 from 18,071 last week. Stadiums were 90.7% filled throughout the week, increasing to 83.5% of capacity for the season. Four matches were sold out this week – Sporting Kansas City versus New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park, San Jose Earthquakes versus Chivas USA at Buck Shaw Stadium, Seattle Sounders versus FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field, Portland Timbers versus Vancouver Whitecaps at JELD-WEN Field.

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Clint Dempsey: A Financial Decision (Business of Soccer)

The impact that this move makes for MLS is quite large and quite obvious. Seattle Sounders FC have signed the USMNT Captain at a time in his career when he is arguably the most productive he has ever been and lured him from none other than the league dubbed “the most entertaining in the world.”

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