10 Things You Need To Know About the Soccer Industry This Morning

Here’s what’s happening in the soccer industry this morning:

  • The Premier League has dropped its 6-year court battle against YouTube over copyright infringement of its content. The league had originally taken action against the Google-owned internet video site claiming extensive copyright breaches over clips posted to the site of BPL matches that were broadcast by its rights holders.
  • Saudi Telecomm has sealed its second major football sponsorship deal in a week’s time, after it finalized an extension with Manchester United, which followed a Real Madrid deal. The Man Utd deal covers the 2013-14 through 2017-18 seasons, and will cover Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait.
  • Malaga director general, Vicente Casado, says Manchester City will have to pay €20 million ($26.8 million) for Pellegrini’s former goalkeeper, Willy Caballero. City’s former keeper Joe Hart has lost favor with his new manager and his replacement Pantilimon lacks the top level experience Pellegrini is looking for.
  • Seattle Sounders GM and part owner, Adrian Hanauer, insists that no rash decisions will be made regarding Head Coach Sigi Schmid’s future at the club, saying “We will take our time, be methodical, be rational…”
  • After a disappointing exit from the 2013 MLS Cup playoffs, Bruce Arena and the L.A. Galaxy have already made some roster moves to rebuild for the 2014 campaign. The club announced on Monday the signings of former Chicago Fire midfielder Baggio Husidic, and the re-signing of Galaxy veteran Todd Dunivant.
  • The Spanish national team has been accused of showing support to Equatorial Guinea’s dictatorship by agreeing to play a friendly on Saturday in the country’s capital city Malabo. The announcement came just last week after other friendly fixture arrangements to play in Gabon or Dubai fell through.
  • Could the 2014 MLS season be the last for NY Red Bulls star striker Theirry Henry? Red Bulls’ head of global soccer, Gerrard Houllier, suggested that it could be. The former Arsenal man will be 37 and his contract will be up with the club.
  • Chelsea could potentially bid £60 million ($95.3 million) for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who recently made a move to French side Monaco during the summer transfer window. Jose Mourinho is set to watch Falcao face off against Belgium for his country in two days before making a decision on whether or not to make a bid for his services.
  • Leeds United chairman, Salah Nooruddin, has bought a 5.71% stake in Bahrain-based investment firm, Gulf Finance House, and will join their board of directors following the approval of the acquisition. No purchase price has yet been released.
  • Review the Global Business of Soccer Recap for a summary of last week’s events in the soccer industry.
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