Global Business of Soccer Recap

adidas_is_all_inAdidas and FIFA Extend Partnership Through 2030 (Business of Soccer)

FIFA and Adidas announced an extension to their partnership agreement. Adidas will remain the official partner, supplier and licensee of the FIFA World Cup and all FIFA events through 2030. The announcement was made during an event in Moscow by Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing Director and Herbert Hainer, Adidas Group CEO.

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MLS Player Salaries And FIFA’s Club Protection Programme (Business of Soccer)

32 countries will compete in Brazil this summer and following Mexico’s win over New Zealand on Tuesday we know definitively who 31 of those teams will be with the final slot to be filled by either Jordan or Uruguay today. Despite all the attention around whether France could overcome 2 goal deficit at home or whether Brazil would be missing Zlatan or Ronaldo, the already qualified teams still had matches of their own to worry about.

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Orlando is Counting Down to MLS (Business of Soccer)

The club has been busy in recent months since the all-star break in July, chasing down, and closing, funding for a downtown Orlando soccer-specific stadium, that will reportedly hold 18,000. The stadium, was the final piece to the MLS puzzle, and the support for the club shined through with a unanimous vote from the Orlando City Board of Commissioners and a 5-2 vote from the Orlando County Commissioners. A CS&L study commissioned by Orlando City SC, estimated that the economic impact to bringing a MLS franchise to the city would be $1.2 billion over a 30 year period, which would more than cover the initial investments, including the club-estimated $70 million MLS franchise fee.

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qatar-2022Allegations of Human Rights Violations in Qatar Continue as FIFA Stays the Course (Business of Soccer)

Putting aside the the purported corruption that brought the World Cup to Qatar in 2022 and the concept of a “winter World Cup,” the pervasive and continued human rights abuses in Qatar leave serious questions as to whether the country is ill-prepared to host one of the world’s most important sporting events, now or in 2022.

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Photo courtesy of Manchester United.Manchester United, The UK, And the Premier League Leading in Licensing (Business of Soccer) 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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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 MiamiDecember expiration looms for David Beckham’s MLS expansion option (NBC Sports)

David Beckham’s agreement with MLS to purchase an expansion team at a discounted rate of $25 million expires on Dec. 31, according to league commissioner Don Garber. The term had been hinted at for some time, but Garber’s comment represented the first official confirmation. He was speaking to reporters in Orlando following a Tuesday event at which Orlando City was confirmed as a 2015 MLS expansion franchise.

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Houston's BBVA Compass StadiumDynamo pursue expansion franchise in women’s league (Houston Chronicle)

The Dynamo are in talks about securing an expansion franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League, which features U.S. national team stars Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach. The eight-team NWSL played its inaugural season in 2013 with a commitment from the U.S., Canadian and Mexican women’s national soccer federations.

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2013-05-04_PPLParkMajor League Soccer’s Stadium Revolution (Forbes)

This weekend features the second leg of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference Championship, a winner-take-all showdown between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City. The series is great for fans, not only because of the talented teams involved, but also because it’s being contested in the league’s two newest stadiums, Kansas City’s Sporting Park and Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium.

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"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute GalaMajor League Soccer’s Billionaire Owners (Forbes)

Major League Soccer, despite incredible success over the last five years, is still considered by many to be the little brother to America’s big four pro leagues. Yet that reputation hasn’t kept away some of the world’s wealthiest investors. Six of the league’s 19 teams are owned, at least in part, by a billionaire, and two more principal owners have close family connections to billion-dollar fortunes. With league plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020, the number of massively wealthy team TISI -0.3% owners is sure to climb in the coming years.

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Clint Dempsey was given a soccer scarf by Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer. Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press.

Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Teams (Forbes)

At halftime of July’s 2013 MLS All-Star Game, commissioner Don Garber joined the broadcast crew to announce to a national audience that Major League Soccer planned to expand to 24 teams by 2020. That idea would have seemed preposterous ten years ago, when the league was hemorrhaging cash by the millions and two teams had recently been contracted. Yet these days, those plans for MLS to become the world’s biggest soccer league seem conservative. In fact, considering the financial success of the league over the last five years, 24 teams might not be enough.

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