Global Business of Soccer Recap

Attendance Records Around Major League Soccer To Be Finalized (Business of Soccer)

Prior to week 35, Major League Soccer’s 313 matches had combined for 5,793,147 in attendance. The total is 281,582 under last season’s total attendance. There were ten remaining matches to account for in week 35.

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Ligue 1: Super Taxes And Looming Protests (Business of Soccer)

For almost a year now, France has been rife with discussion over taxes on the ultra-wealthy. Through the summer and into the beginning of this current Ligue 1 season, the tax debates have centered around AS Monaco and the club’s technical headquarters being outside of France in the mini state whereby the club avoids French tax laws but still competes in France’s top national championship.

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Mia Hamm Goes Solar with Yingli Green Energy (Business of Soccer)

U.S. Women’s National Team legend Mia Hamm and her former MLB husband Nomar Garciaparra have teamed up with Yingli Engery and Verengo Solar to promote solar energy to the soccer population and general public at large via a new “Friends and Family of U.S. Soccer” program. Hamm and her husband now power their home via solar energy, and will promote the solar via radio programs and various youth soccer tournaments in key solar energy markets, including California and New York.

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Orlando City is Ready for Major League Soccer; Win Final Vote for Stadium Funding from County (Business of Soccer)

The Orange County Commissioners voted 5-2 in favor of public funding for Orlando City Soccer Club’s stadium Tuesday evening. It was the final vote required to secure the allocation of Tourist Development Tax (TDT) necessary. Supporters filled the Orange County Administration Building, voicing their support for hours prior to the vote being taken.

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Federal Court Dismisses High School Soccer Players’ Claims Against Mississippi High School Activities Association (Business of Soccer)

Judge in a Mississippi federal court dismissed a lawsuit by Mississippi high school soccer players against the Mississippi High School Activities Association (the “MHSAA”) in which the players challenged a MHSAA rule limiting the number of players that can play simultaneously for a club soccer team and a specific high school soccer team during the course of a year.

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D.C. United CMO Doug Hicks Discusses Marketing Strategy and Successes During 2013 (Business of Soccer)

D.C. United found success off the pitch with its marketing efforts during the year. The season was a learning experience for all involved as the team has established its own formula for bringing fans to RFK Stadium, despite issues with performance on the pitch, while balancing that strategy with the budget.

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

One of the biggest topics circling the corporate world over the last several years is diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and in the make-up of organizations. This trend does not exclude the football industry, and this past week FA Director Heather Rabbatts sent a somewhat searing letter to her fellow board FA board members conveying her concerns and warning them about the lack of diversity on the commission established, in part, to assess the state of the English national team. Rabbatts, who was appointed in December of 2011 as one of two independent directors to assess and improve the corporate governance of the FA, is a former BBC governor and former chairwoman of Championship side Millwall F.C.

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FIFA Plans to Question Russia on Racist Chants at Soccer Matches (Bloomberg)

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said soccer’s governing body will question 2018 World Cup host Russia about racist incidents at matches after Manchester City’s Yaya Toure said he was abused by CSKA Moscow fans.

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FIFA’s Blatter Urges Ousting of Teams For Fans’ Racism (Bloomberg)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter renewed his call for tougher sanctions on soccer teams whose fans racially abuse players, including points penalties and banning them from competitions.

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Cardiff Head Dismisses Claims That Soccer Team Will Sell Shares (Bloomberg)

Cardiff City Chairman Mehmet Dalman today dismissed newspaper reports that the Premier League soccer team is planning a stock exchange listing next year.

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