Global Business of Soccer Recap


Here’s a look at some of the top stories from last week in the global soccer industry…


Adidas & Chelsea FC: More Than Just #Allin (Business of Soccer)

CFC Forever BlueThere are many “that time of the season” periods that come around every year. There is the transfer silly season in both the summer and the winter, relegation and promotion battles, derby rivalries, international fixtures (and corresponding complaints), and who could forget my personal favorite, squeaky bum time.

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Moyes Moves Millions for Manchester United (Business of Soccer)

Photo courtesy of Manchester United.Manchester United (NYSE: MANU) ended former Manager David Moyes’ tenure at the club after less than a year in charge. The club’s decision was announced shortly after Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Goodison Park to Everton, a result that rendered Champions League qualification mathematically impossible, and a pass to the Europa League complex. Consequently, Moyes’ exit drove the club’s stock price up about 6%.

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Official YouTube Channel Brings Arsenal into Social Media ‘Main-Stream’ (Business of Soccer)

BOS_Arsenal Youtube ChannelBarclays Premier League side Arsenal announced the launch of its official YouTube channel last Tuesday, joining 300 other top football clubs in the world that have established their own channels on the world’s largest video sharing platform. Though a YouTube channel is not a new tactic in the industry, this announcement from one of England’s most storied clubs serves to further cement the platform as a mainstream vehicle for consumer and customer engagement in the world of modern football.

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MLS Attendance Remains Consistent Through Week 6 (Business of Soccer)

Christopher Savino / Business of Soccer

MLS week 6 average attendance was 17,311. The regular season average decreased by 1.3% to 18,481 from 18,726 last week. Stadiums were 81.9% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.4% of capacity for the season.

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FIFPro Takes Aim at Transfer System (Business of Soccer)

FIFPro LogoThere is no doubt that soccer has reached the highest point in the long history of the sport in the 21st century. Mega-clubs line up the largest sponsorship deals in the history of the game, teams vie for a chance to play in the Champions League to receive television revenue, jerseys and footwear are bought in large quantities by adoring fans. Major sports networks (NBC, Fox Sports) have discovered soccer as a viable programming option that draws a large audience. There is more money to be made in soccer than ever before. Competition among top teams to win the signing race leads to large investments in promising footballers.

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U.S. Open Cup expands to 80-team field, largest in modern era (Sports Illustrated)

U.S. Open Cup Loses Its VisionThe largest field in the modern era of the U.S. Open Cup will compete for $250,000 and a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League this year. U.S. Soccer released the complete schedule for the first two rounds on Thursday, as well as a list of the 80 teams that will be involved.

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AC Milan Not for Sale, Owner Says (Soccer America)

berlusconi-milanAC Milan is not for sale, Finivest, the company controlled by Milan chairman Silvio Berlusconi, said on Thursday. In recent weeks, rumors of a takeover by Singapore businessman Peter Lim had surfaced, with reports claiming that the billionaire investor offered 500 million euros ($691.4 million) for a majority stake of the San Siro club. Despite the rumors, a statement read: “With regard to rumors reported by the press, Fininvest again denies any possibility of transfer of control of Milan.”

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Dialogue over stadium construction at infancy stage between De Blasio, NYC FC (Empire of Soccer)

Yankee stadium1 (1)If NYC FC plan on calling New York City their permanent home, they need to establish a conversation about stadium construction with Mayor Bill De Blasio and his newly installed team at City Hall.

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FIFA Suspends Barcelona Transfer Ban During Appeal (AP)

Lionel MessiBarcelona was cleared Wednesday to sign new players during the offseason after FIFA froze the Spanish soccer club’s one-year transfer embargo pending an appeal.

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NYC FC Retains Flexibility In Contract To Play At Yankee Stadium (Sports Business Journal)

nycfcbadgeIncoming MLS expansion team NYC FC today officially announced that it will play its first season in ’15 at Yankee Stadium, and Chief Business Officer Tim Pernetti later conceded it is “likely” that the club will be there for at least another season thereafter. At a press conference unveiling the news this morning, Pernetti originally denied a N.Y. Times report from last week that indicated the club would play at Yankee Stadium for three seasons.

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Reporting on the business side of the world's game.