Global Business of Soccer Recap

Welcome back once again to Business of Soccer’s Global Recap where we review the week past of both the soccer world as well as here on this site.

BOS_Beckham MiamiBeckham and MLS in Miami: What People Aren’t Talking About (Business of Soccer)

On Wednesday, February 5th, David Beckham, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, and other Miami officials held a press conference to officially announce Beckham’s efforts to bring MLS to Miami and gather support for stadium funding. This long-anticipated news is very exciting for the league and for the city of Miami. But there are always two sides to any situation, and a new MLS franchise in Miami, even with David Beckham as a majority investor, is no different.

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Roberto Martinez UmbroEverton’s Final Mid-Season Signing: Umbro (Business of Soccer)

Just yesterday, Everton made an out of the blue (no pun intended) announcement that it had signed a 5-year technical partnership with Umbro. With the brand set to provide all of the on-field and training products for the senior men’s and women’s squads all the way down to the youth level, the club launched the partnership with an exclusive Q&A with manager Roberto Martinez for a select few fans.

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jermain-defoe-michael-bradleyHow Much More Do Professional Footballers Make Than The ‘Average Joe’? (Part II) (Business of Soccer)

Recently Business of Soccer delved into a question that many soccer fans ponder over: ”how much more do professional footballers make than me”? While we could not answer that question for every single person who has asked it, we looked at historical census data to get to an average U.S. worker base salary in order to compare it to MLS salary data from the MLS Players Union.

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BOS_Sounders LogoSeattle Sounders F.C. Use Allocation Ranking to Pick Up Marco Pappa (Business of Soccer)

Last week, Seattle Sounders F.C. used its top spot in the MLS Allocation Ranking to pick up former Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa. Seattle had acquired its spot in the Allocation Ranking via a trade with Chivas USA on December 11, 2013, in which Seattle sent Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA in exchange for the rights to Tristan Bowan and swapping spots in the Allocation Ranking.

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BOS_FIFAFIFA Scraps Bonuses for Senior Executives at Soccer Ruling Body (Bloomberg)

Soccer governing body FIFA ditched bonuses for its executive board, a group that’s come under scrutiny in recent years because of several corruption cases. The FIFA Executive Committee, responsible for approving billions of dollars’ worth of television and sponsorship agreements, is made up of 25 officials from six continents.

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BOS_BlatterFIFA boss Blatter wants IOC age limit scrapped (Bloomberg)

World soccer boss Sepp Blatter wants the International Olympic Committee to scrap its age limits for members, saying they should be voted out only if they are incapable of performing their duties. Blatter said FIFA had conducted its own study and found age limits could be discriminatory and the IOC should scrap them.

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BOS_Bayern MunichBayern warn season-ticket holders (ESPN)

Bayern Munich have told more than 5,000 standing season ticket-holders that their tickets will be taken away from them if they do not attend at least eight Bundesliga games per season.

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soccerex-primetimePremier League Tops Europe’s Big Spenders (FC Business)

The English Premier League has flexed its financial muscles in the transfer market and comes out on top of the big spenders across Europe. The Soccerex Transfer Review by Prime Time Sport has, this morning, released figures showing that the Premier League clubs spent a mammoth 52% of the total investment on players across the top 5 leagues in Europe this winter.

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David BeckhamBeckham Exercises Option to Buy MLS Team in Miami (AP)

David Beckham hopped onto the stage, his back to sun-splashed Biscayne Bay, and a pack of photographers jostled for position as admirers cheered and chanted. “Thank you for the warm welcome,” Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather.

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BOS_Toronto LogoMLSE’s Tanenbaum: Toronto FC Signings Show Commitment To Winning Over Profit (Sports Business Journal)

MLSE Chair Larry Tanenbaum hopes MLS Toronto FC’s $220M in winter signings sends a “strong message to fans that winning trumps short-term profit,” according to Morgan Campbell of the TORONTO STAR. Tanenbaum is “sharply aware of the perception among Toronto sports fans.

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