Global Business of Soccer Recap

NBC Sports Network Seeing Results on Investment in Premier League (Business of Soccer)

NBC Universal made headlines earlier this year by beating out Fox Soccer for the broadcasting rights to the Barclays Premier League, outbidding the incumbent with a $250 million 3-year deal. Part of NBC’s strategy for broadcasting the BPL in the U.S. was quite the opposite from Fox Soccer: mass availability, and it is paying off. For the first time ever in the U.S. fans can watch every single one of the BPL’s 380 matches via NBC’s multi-format coverage, and they are seeing the growth in viewership as a result.

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FIFA Delays Decision on 2022 World Cup Until After 2014 Tournament (Business of Soccer)

The expected change in the dates of the World Cup will conflict with the Barclays Premier League and European championships. Fox Sports, who own the broadcasting rights to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the United States, has complained that rescheduling will conflict with the National Football League schedule. Qatar will spend more than $200 billion on infrastructure, including a rail and metro network, as well as $9 billion on stadiums. It is currently investigating the workers’ deaths and noted being open to switching the World Cup dates. There are no plans for the tournament to be relocated.

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Sports Science and Big Data Opportunities (Business of Soccer)

A couple weeks ago, former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato publicly criticized his former club’s handling of his injury treatment. His injuries, which plagued the young striker through the final years of his time in Milan, appear to be relatively behind him as he looks to kick start his career back in Brazil. His criticisms, though, take aim at an institution that for many years represented the cutting edge of sports medicine and scientific application, the famed MilanLab and highlights an increasingly public and influential part of clubs.

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The Men in the Middle – How Much are UEFA Champions League Referees Paid? (Business of Soccer)

European football’s ever-increasing wealth and global appeal stems largely from its top continental tournament, the UEFA Champions League (UCL), which UEFA estimated would bring in $1.82m (€1.34B) in commercial revenue for 2012-13. We know payments to clubs continue to increase (estimated $11.7M / €8.6M to each group stage club this year), and provide a powerful incentive to clubs to qualify for the UCL each year. The continued growth in these payments is driven by increased revenue from broadcast rights and corporate sponsors. But how much of this wealth makes its way to the referees who often play such influential roles in the outcomes of the matches? Surprisingly, these elite European referees don’t see quite as much of that pot of cash as you might think. For each game, referees receive the following payments (higher amounts are for UCL from quarterfinals onward).

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AT&T Targets Latino Market with El Tri Anthem Sponsorship (Business of Soccer)

AT&T and Jesse y Joy also made a music video to go along with the catchy anthem, which has been heard around the U.S. in international friendlies with Mexico whenever El Tri scored a goal. The scenes including the Aztecs and Revolutionaries were shot in Mexico City, and the others including the players entering the field were shot earlier this year in Barcelona, Spain. The music video has over 29,000 views on YouTube after just over a week of playing time, and that number is sure to rise as this campaign continues to spread.

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United States Soccer Federation, Inc. FY05 through FY13 Financial Statement Analysis (Business of Soccer)

The United States Soccer Federation released its audited financial statements for FY13 last week. Business of Soccer provided the following overview of the FY13 financials. For a detailed analysis, continue reading for a review of all publicly available statements dating back to FY05.

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Woods Bagot Releases Renderings of Proposed Orlando City SC Stadium (Business of Soccer)

Global architecture firm Woods Bagot released renderings (UPDATE: page removed from Woods Bagot website) of Orlando City Soccer Club’s proposed soccer specific stadium in downtown Orlando. Described as an ‘urban jewel box,’ the stadium is similar to both Sporting Park and Red Bull Arena in that it features a roof covering all seating and enclosed style.

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Arsenal Set to Offer Wenger $39 Million Contract (Bloomberg)

Arsenal is preparing formal discussions with manager Arsene Wenger over a new three-year contract worth 24 million pounds ($39 million), the Daily Mail reported.

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Embraer Bets on Radar for World Cup to Amazon Forest (Bloomberg)

Embraer SA (EMBR3), the world’s largest regional-jet maker, is betting that radar surveillance of the World Cup, mudslides and Amazonian deforestation will shore up its bottom line as demand in its main business shrinks.

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VIDEO: Rummenigge on Qatar 2022 World Cup, Player Salaries (Bloomberg)

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chief executive officer of Bayern Munich and chairman of the European Club Association, discusses the possible rescheduling of the Qatar 2022 World Cup and player salaries in European soccer clubs. He spoke with Bloomberg’s Ben Priechenfried in Manchester on Oct. 1.

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