Global Business of Soccer Recap

 

It may have felt like everything this week was simply building up to the World Cup Group Stage Draw on Friday, a natural sentiment.  For USMNT fans, the reaction to the draw may have even taken the following couple days to truly settle in, but as with every week here at Business of Soccer the business wheels kept on spinning, and so did we, without further ado, here are the top stories from the previous week in the latest edition of the Global Business of Soccer Recap.

 

Real Madrid & Barcelona Fined for TV Broadcasting Deals (Business of Soccer)BOS_La Liga 12-13 TV money distribution

Following breaches in laws regarding contract length, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Racing Santander and Sevilla have all been issued fines by Spain’s Competition Commission (CNMC) as well as Catalan based MediaPro.

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Cardif City’s Tan, Said to Study Sinapore IPO With CIMB (Bloomberg)Vincent Tan

Malaysian Billionaire and Cardiff City Owner Vincent Tan is said to have hired CIMB Group Holdings Inc (CIMB) to explore the possibility of listing Cardiff City Football Club (Holdings) LTD on Singapore’s Catalist market for small companies.

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Why the Denial of the Agudelo Work Permit Isn’t Much of a Surprise (Business of Soccer)agudelo1

Mark Hughes may be left amazed by the Home Office’s decisions to deny Juan Agudelo’s work permit application to play for Stoke City but Business of Soccer takes a closer look to examine why the denial was in fact to be expected.

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Adidas Unveil Official World Cup Ball (FC Business)Adidas Brazuca 2014 World Cup Ball

In addition to the Group Stage Draw, FIFA also built up hype for the World Cup this past week with the unveiling of Adidas’ Official World Cup Ball, The Brazuca, which was named following a public vote in Brazil in 2012 of over 1 million people

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MLS Playoff Attendance Averaged 21893 through 15 Matches (Business of Soccer)mls-cup-kc-2013

After a brutally cold, and thoroughly entertaining MLS Cup Final between Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC, whereby Sporting KC were crowned MLS Cup Champions, Major League Soccer was able to boast an impressive post-season average attendance of 21,893.

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Inter Milan Partners With DC United (ESPN)dcunited copy

On the back of recent news that Volkswagen had made the decision to not continue as DC United’s jersey sponsor, fans of the capital city club got a boost from an announcement that DC United would be initiating a strategic partnership with Italian giants Inter Milan, an agreement surely put together due to both clubs sharing a mutual owner in Erik Thohir.

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MLS’s Best XI Alongside Salary Data and the Castrol Index (Business of Soccer)Castrol Index

Major League Soccer this week released their player, club leadership and media voted Best XI team.  Business of Soccer decided to take a look at the team through the lens of MLS Player’s Union Salary data and the Castrol Index to get an idea on the valuation of the three forwards, four midfielders, three defenders and one goalkeeper.

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Trio of Nike Product Launches (Soccer Bible)Nike Hypercool 3.0

Nike finished a very busy launch week where they celebrated the launch of the new Brasil kit to be worn at the World Cup.  In addition, in preparation for the World Cup Nike also revealed their new “Pro Hypercool 3.0” Baselayer to be worn by every Nike endorsed federation in Brasil this summer. Also what was surely in anticipation of Adidas’ Brazuca unveiling, Nike also went ahead and released their new Ordem Ball which will be used in International friendlies from early 2014.

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ESPN’s Jed Drake Discusses World Cup Logistics, Preparation & Plans for Brazil (Sports Business Journal)Jed Drake

While down for the Group Stage Draw and to oversee the build out of the technical system at the International Broadcast Center, ESPN Senior VP and Exec Producer Jed Drake sat down with Sports Business Journal to discuss the World Cup, preparations and more.

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