Global Business of Soccer Recap

Welcome back to our weekly review of the latest events and news going on around the world and industry of the sport we all love so very much.  Without further ado, we shall begin our Business of Soccer Recap:


Inter Milan Makes Room For Erick Thohir And The Challenges Of Serie A (Business of Soccer)

Inter Milan have new owners in International Sports Group. despite the 70% sale, the Morattis will still be around and all of them still face a big task with the current stake of the Italian Serie A.

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United Retain Historic Ties To UNICEF (Soccerex)

For the past 13 years Manchester United has maintained a strong relationship with  UNICEF and have now officially extended their partnership to what is the longest running partnership between a sporting organization and a global charity.

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Former Division I Soccer Player Files Concussion Lawsuit Against The NCAA (Business of Soccer)

A Former Samford University student, Mary Shelton Bryant Wells has filed suit against the NCAA under an Alabama “fraud by suppression” law after suffering a concussion injury that has caused permanent damage.

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Four Soccer Clubs Join The Cast Of The Simpsons (Sports Pro Media)

Zenit St Petersburg, Boca Juniors, FC Barcelona and Corinthians will all feature in a promotional campaign for Fox’s iconic long-running series The Simpsons in March for their commemorative World Cup episode.

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Bundesliga Sign 5-Year Global Broadcasting Rights Deal With 21st Century Fox (Business of Soccer)

Fox and the Bundesliga have agreed a deal that hands 21st Century Fox the rights to 306 League games, DFL Cup games as well as relegation playoff matches which includes alternative digital distribution such as online and mobile in specific territories.

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South African Soccer Look For New Income After Puma Snub (Bloomberg)

German based sports merchandise firm Puma have officially confirmed the termination of their contract with the South African Soccer Federation, an event that actually occurred 10 months ago following allegations of match fixing.

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FA Director Heather Rabbatts Speaks Out About Lack Of Diversity On Commission (Business of Soccer)

Former BBC governor and former chairwoman of Championship side Millwall FC penned a searing letter to her fellow commission members numerating her issues a letter that has no been made pubic by the guardian.

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IMG & Reliance Float Idea of Indian Super League (The Times of India)

With players like Thierry Henry and Michael Owen, rumors surface again about a super league popping up in India involving many Indian and South East Asian business mean in an ambitious venture by IMG and Reliance.

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DC United CMO Doug Hicks Discuss Marketing Strategy And Success in 2013 (Business of Soccer)

In an interview with D.C. United Chief Marketing Officer Doug Hicks, Business of Soccer discusses the club’s marketing strategy during the 2013 season and the success stories resulting from those efforts.

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