Global Business of Soccer Recap

Here’s what happened in the soccer industry around the world last week, in case you missed it…

Expanded Analysis on Castrol Index Data; New England Players Provide Most Value Per Point (Business of Soccer)

MLS Castrol Index compared with salary data. Analysis by Business of Soccer. Data provided by Castrol and the MLS Players Union. Earlier this week, Business of Soccer analyzed the top 25 players ranked in the Castrol Index alongside data from the MLS Players Union. Castrol exclusively provided the the complete data for additional analysis.

In addition, we looked at the value provided by each of the 19 teams in Major League Soccer. Real Salt Lake had the most points as a team with 8,837 based on its players included in the Index.

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Costa and Jóhannsson: Different Paths to a One-Time Switch, Similar Football Association Reactions (Business of Soccer)

braAnother international footballer has taken advantage of FIFA’s one-time national team switch rules, and the move is making headlines because of the quality of the player and the jilted football association’s reaction.  Athletico Madrid striker Diego da Silva Costa has committed his international future to Spain despite playing in two international friendlies earlier this year for Brazil, his country of birth.

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Newcomer BT Sport Outbids BSkyB For UEFA Broadcasting Rights Deal (Business of Soccer)

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 12.04.07 AMAfter launching just 3 months ago, BT Sport has pulled off what some are calling a “coup” in the world of soccer media by beating out broadcasting giant BSkyB for the rights to all of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches, beginning with the 2015-16 season…

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The Proliferation of Data-Driven Analysis in Football (Part Four: The Fans) (Business of Soccer)

ss2So far, we’ve looked at three key players in the burgeoning industry of football analytics and statistics: the scouts, the coaches and the scientists. We’ve seen the ways that data-driven analyses have revolutionized and modernized the beautiful game, and we’ve discussed the ways that clubs, managers and players all stand to benefit.

But undoubtedly, the most important player in all of this—and the player that will get the most enjoyment out of this new big data revolution in football—is the fan.

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Manchester United, The UK, And the Premier League Leading in Licensing (Business of Soccer)

BOS_Man U Nike is an online source of trade news for the ever growing global licensing industry reaching all aspects “from licensors and licensees, through to retailers and supporting service companies.”  Started 5 years ago, it wasn’t until this month that the site branched out into print media and they did so with a bit of a show.

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Manchester United Has First-Quarter Profit as Revenue Increases (Bloomberg)

Photo courtesy of Manchester United.Manchester United, the defending champion in English soccer’s Premier League, said it had a first-quarter profit as broadcasting and commercial revenue increased.

Adjusted profit for the three months ended Sept. 30 was 2.2 million pounds ($3.5 million) compared with a loss of 600,000 pounds in the year-earlier period.

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French Clubs Call Off Strike Action (Soccerex)

BOS_French Players UnionFrance’s Union of Professional Football Clubs (UCPF) has called off planned strike action in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 from November 29 to December 2 in favour of further talks over the controversial ‘super tax’ that is set to be introduced by the French government.

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Research Shows the Impact of the Twelfth Man (F.C. Business)

BOS_12th ManResearch from RadiumOnedemonstrates the correlation between support and performance in the league, with Arsenal topping the league for social media performance.

When the same research was run in the pre-season, Arsenal would have found themselves outside of the Champions League qualifying positions in sixth place if social media support determined the league. Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool would be joining Arsenal in the Champions League based on their social performances.

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Beckham Lines Up Long Shot: Founding a Miami Soccer Team (Reuters)

Soccer player David Beckham sits before Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat in MiamiFrom his tattoos to his finely chiseled physique and Armani underwear ads, soccer icon David Beckham oozes Miami-style sex appeal.

Blending charisma with a smart business plan, Beckham intends to launch his own professional soccer team in Miami, a multicultural market that has defied major league owners twice before. But Beckham is known for making long shots.

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Bayern Basks in Glow of Record Financial Results (Soccerex)

BOS_Bayern MunichBayern Munchen has announced record revenue figures for the 2012-13 season as the Bundesliga giant benefited from a historic campaign on the pitch.

Bayern’s annual general meeting on Wednesday revealed record turnover of Eur432.8 million for the 2012-13 financial year, compared to Eur373.4 million in the previous year.

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