Global Business of Soccer Recap

Leaders in Sport: Nick Rogers (Part II) (Business of Soccer)

The phone in front of Minnesota United FC President Nick Rogers rings.  Again.  And again.  Apologetic to me, Rogers answers each call in turn, attentive to the those matters pressing and not-so-pressing.  From team owner Dr. Bill McGuire to head coach Manny Lagos, Rogers’s lack of experience in the front office belies his tactful approach to each caller.

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Adidas Lowers Sales Forecast for Remainder of 2013 (Business of Soccer)

After weak European trading and unfavorable currency fluctuations through the 2nd quarter, German-based Adidas announced a lowered sales forecast for the 2013 fiscal year. The world’s second largest sporting goods firm “said it now expected group sales to rise by a low to mid single-digit percentage in 2013, compared with previous guidance for a mid single-digit rate”, reported Reuters.

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FIFA Questions 2018 World Cup Host Russia on Anti-Gay Law (Business of Soccer)

With less than one year until the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the international soccer governing body has its sights set on 2018.  In a report from The Associated Press, FIFA has asked 2018 hosts Russia to clarify new legislation which forbids “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.”  The law targets anyone encouraging minors to engage in any sexual activity which is not between man and woman.

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U.S. Owners Buy in to New Era for Premier League Finances (Reuters)

Illinois car parts baron Shahid Khan will find plenty of familiar faces and accents when he visits English soccer stadiums this year after spending an estimated $300 million to buy London team Fulham. With Khan’s arrival U.S. sports franchise owners now control six of the 20 clubs in the world’s richest soccer league, reflecting an explosion in interest in the game in the United States and a growing trend among owners to seek global networks.

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FIFA Partner Faces Brazil Antitrust Complaint (Bloomberg)

Brazil’s public prosecutor filed a complaint with the country’s antitrust regulator against soccer governing body FIFA’s ticketing and accommodations partner for the 2014 World Cup. The complaint against MATCH Services AG, based in FIFA’s hometown of Zurich, says the company’s exclusive rights to sell services within Brazil and externally is a “monopoly for the 2014 World Cup’s tickets market,” according to a statement e-mailed yesterday from the public prosecutor’s office. “This is something to be concerned about in terms of competition issues.”

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Manchester United Announces New Partnership with Bulova (Business of Soccer)

Bulova has become the official timekeeper and watchmaker of Manchester United (NYSE: MANU). The companies announced the three-year agreement yesterday. It was reported earlier that previous official timekeeper for the club, Hublot, had its branding removed from Old Trafford. Bulova will have its logo displayed on the club’s scoreboards and be featured on the stadium’s digital advertising boards during Barclays Premier League matches as well as a part of broadcasts on MUTV.

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Leeds United Owner Quietly Sells off More Than Half Stake (Reuters)

The Dubai-based investment firm that bought English soccer club Leeds United in December after lengthy negotiations sold more than half of its 100 percent holding less than six months later, financial statements show. GFH Capital, a subsidiary of Bahraini Gulf Finance House , offloaded a 10 percent stake to Bahrain-based International Investment Bank earlier this year and its second quarter financial statement showed it had now sold a total of more than half the shares.

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The Publicist Behind a Professional Footballer; Interview with Jeremy Pond (Business of Soccer)

It’s not often a request is submitted to a publicist for an interview – for the publicist, that is. Business of Soccer reached out to Jeremy Pond, publicist for Sunderland AFC and U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore and Director of Media and Public Relations for the Jozy Altidore Foundation.

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New Managerial Landscape Makes BPL 13/14 Season One of the Toughest Ever to Predict (Business of Soccer)

In a previous Business of Soccer article, ”One Secret to Successful Management“, I spoke about the rarity of tenured managers (5+ years with same club) in the Barclay’s Premier League (BPL) and the relationship between managerial longevity and club success. After this offseason, 3 of the 4 tenured managers mentioned in the article (Moyes, Pulis, and Ferguson) have since left their respective clubs, either for retirement or another club. These moves, along with some other moving and shaking at the manager position around the league, have turned the ’13/’14 season into one of the toughest ever to predict.

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State of the Game: Compiling the Premier League Schedule (Business of Soccer)

David Moyes would have consumers of the Premier League believe that he thinks the Premier League schedule is actually compiled from simply “the way the balls came out of the bag.”  Whatever the purpose of his statement, the fact is he is too smart to actually believe that. The schedules are announced mid-June so why he is only complaining now seems curious.

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