Global Business of Soccer Recap

Here are some of the top stories from the soccer industry last week…

NBC Set to Lose MLS TV Broadcasting Rights (Business of Soccer)

BOS_NBC recapAfter signing a three-year deal in 2011 for the 2012-14 seasons, NBC is set to lose its MLS broadcasting rights to rival Fox, according to reports from both Goal.com and Philly.com. NBC’s current deal’s value  has been reported to be worth around $10 million annually, and the new rights deal, which is still being finalized, has been said to be worth “significantly more”.

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MLS Managers: The Vacant, The New, & The Untested (Business of Soccer)

superdraft scarvesMajor League Soccer’s 2014 SuperDraft kicks off in just over a week in Philadelphia and Business of Soccer has not left the event unexamined. From financial analyses of top Superdraft selections going back to 2007, to an examination of Generation Adidas and its predecessor Project 40, even insight into selection trends & rookie season impacts of Top 10 Superdraft picks, we approach January 16th and the Philadelphia Convention Center with a perspective on this pillar of league stability that is nuanced yet ironically one-sided in a sense.

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MLS SuperDraft: Best Investment for MLS Clubs for New Talent? (Business of Soccer)

Chance+Myers+2008+MLS+SuperDraft+jsLdADX9OTJlLast week, Business of Soccer put together an in depth analysis of the top selections in MLS SuperDrafts since 2007.  From some of the statistics of this financial analysis, we discovered that: draftees are modestly paid until they become a proven commodity in the league, forwards are no more likely to be taken in the top ten selections than defenders or midfielders nor are they likely to be compensated any higher.

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2014 Generation Adidas Class a Good Bet to Succeed (Business of Soccer)

ga-release-imageMajor League Soccer announced on Thursday that it has inked four players to 2014 Generation Adidas contracts, including Andre Blake (GK, University of Connecticut), Marlo Hairston (MF, University of Louisville), Eric Miller, (D, Creighton University) and Ntokozo “Schillo” Tshuma (F, University of Maryland).  Although those players are not yet widely known, history suggests that most of those players will soon make names for themselves on the professional stage.

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FIFA’s Blatter Says Brazil Began World Cup Projects Too Late (Bloomberg)

BOC_Blatter RecapFIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized Brazil’s preparations for this year’s soccer World Cupafter four stadiums missed the construction deadline set by the sport’s global governing body. Blatter, 77, told Switzerland’s24 Hours that Brazil didn’t start preparations early enough for the quadrennial competition.

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Hitzlsperger Hopes Coming Out Will Raise Tolerance (Reuters)

BOS_hitz recapThomas Hitzlsperger, the first well-known footballer from Germany to say he is gay, hopes it will one day be normal for players to talk about a boyfriend with team mates. The 31-year-old, who won 52 Germany caps and also played for Aston Villa, VfB Stuttgart, Lazio, Everton and West Ham United, has sparked a national debate at home about tolerance.

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Manchester United and Aperol Announce Sponsorship (F.C. Business)

BOS_MU recapManchester United Football Club have announced a multi-season sponsorship agreement with international spirits brand Aperol, to become the club’s official global spirits partner. The deal, which runs until the end of the 2016/2017 season, will see Aperol branding visible during all domestic games at Old Trafford, as well official club publications, MUTV and the official website. The partnership will also see the signature drink, Aperol Spritz, available in the stadium’s hospitality areas.

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Heaselgrave Leaves the Football League by Mutual Consent (Soccerex)

BOS_Heaselgrave recapRichard Heaselgrave has stepped down from his position as the chief commercial officer of the Football League by mutual consent. Heaselgrave joined the organisation, the world’s oldest league competition, in January 2012 having previously served as the vice president of business development in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) European office. He has also held senior positions at Uefa, the World Rally Championship and Anheuser Busch.

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Samuel Eto’o Premier League’s Wealthiest Foreign Player (F.C. Business)

BOS_Etoo recapChelsea striker Samuel Eto’o is the wealthiest foreign-born English Premier League (EPL) player with a net worth of £39 million (US$64 million), according to a Wealth-X list that also includes players from Spain, Argentina and the Czech Republic. Cameroonian-born Eto’o signed a one-year deal with Chelsea in August 2013 for an undisclosed fee, although several media reports claimed he took a substantial pay cut to move to the English club from Russian football club, Anzhi Makhachkala.

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Serie A Side AS Roma say Michael Bradley Sold to Major League Soccer for Record Fee (MLS)

BOS_bradley recapItalian Serie A club AS Roma announced on Thursday that they have come to terms to sell the rights for Michael Bradley to Major League Soccer, bringing one of the most identifiable and successful American players back to the league where he got his start. “AS Rome SpA announces that it has signed with Major League Soccer (MLS) a deal for the outright sale of the rights to the player Michael Bradley, for the sum of US $10 million,” the club said in a statement published on ASRoma.it.

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