Global Business of Soccer Recap

 

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


pitbull-jennifer-lopez-claudia-leitte-we-are-one-ole-ola-400x242The World Cup and Pop Music: A Perfect Pitch (Business of Soccer)

With 30-man rosters announced, team camps kicking off, and send-off matches quickly approaching, World Cup hype is in full swing. The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will certainly captivate the attention of people around the world, despite the protests of Brazilian citizens and the slowly developing infrastructure. More people will be able to access each match on various platforms, making it quite possibly the most viewed World Cup to date.

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Brandi Chastain on The Capital One Cup, USWNT & College Athletics (Business of Soccer)

This year could be set to be a very influential one when it comes to the landscape and scope of collegiate athletics. The term “student-athlete” has been a point of discussion is every corner from water coolers to ESPN but not matter in what direction college athletics heads, USWNT legend Brandi Chastain will always be thankful for the opportunity she had to compete collegiality for both Berkley and Santa Clara University, making two NCAA Final Four appearances with the latter.

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BPL LogoHas Third Party Ownership Found a Back Door into Premier League? (Business of Soccer)

One of the most popular topics in the soccer industry at present is third party ownership (TPO) of professional footballers and the corruption, dollars, and drama that come with it. Essentially, companies and individuals outside of the football club can purchase the economic rights of individual players thereby alleviating the financial stress on the club of acquiring top talent for top dollars. In some parts of the world, like South America, TPO is actually quite common. The topic has surfaced on a global scale in recent years as the practice has found its way to some top footballing European countries such as Spain, Portugal, and some areas in the Balkans. England and France, along with other countries, have official bans on TPO and have thus far, for the most part, prevented it from entering through their leagues’ doors.

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fifaworldcuptrophyFIFA World Cup Sponsors: Who Are They? (Business of Soccer)

Every four years the world’s greatest sporting event resurfaces for a month-long celebration of culture, skill, and teamwork: the FIFA World Cup. The tournament is the single largest source of expense as well as revenue for the world’s soccer governing body. One of the major source of revenue for FIFA and the tournament itself is via sponsorships, just like an actual soccer club.

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800px-Rio_Tinto_Stadium_panoramaMLS Week 11 Sees Season High 6 Sold-Out Matches (Business of Soccer)

MLS week 11 average attendance is 21,865. The regular season average has increased 2.03% to 18,477 from 18,109 last week. Stadiums were filled at a season high 95.7% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.9% of capacity for the season.

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BOS_Moyes ManUMid-Season Manager Change – The Business Decision (Business of Soccer)

Every summer the opening of the transfer window progresses into the carnival of rumors that is the transfer silly season. While much of the focus is on the players as they and their agents angle for moves away, or maneuver contract negotiations, at times clubs find themselves equally occupied with finding new managers as they are with keeping and signing players.

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Record World Cup Numbers Game for FIFA and Brazil (AP)

The 2014 World Cup is the most valuable, lucrative and expensive in FIFA history. Record numbers include a $35 million prize to the winning team’s federation, $4 billion commercial revenue for FIFA and a $14 billion bill for Brazil. With 3 million tickets available to buy, the 64-match tournament is almost sold out.

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BOS_GBOSR CrowdfundingEnglish FA imposes worldwide betting ban on players (Reuters)

All professional players in English soccer will be banned from betting on matches anywhere in the world, the Football Association said on Wednesday. The ruling, which will come into force from Aug. 1, was ratified at the governing body’s Annual General Meeting and covers players from the Premier League down to the non-league Football Conference and its lower regional divisions.

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Corruption to Blame for Some Brazil World Cup Cost Rises (Bloomberg)

Corruption is partly to blame for Brazil’s World Cup stadiums ending up over budget and becoming some of the world’s most expensive soccer venues, a government official said. The latest estimate for 12 new and refurbished stadiums shows costs of about 8 billion reais ($3.6 billion), 2.7 billion reais more than the first detailed estimate issued in 2010 and almost four times the amount Brazil told soccer’s governing body stadiums would cost in its 2007 hosting file.

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BPL LogoBarclays denies ending Premier League backing (Reuters)

Barclays dismissed reports that it had would drop its sponsorship of the English Premier League as premature, the bank noting that the $202 million contract has another two years to run. Speculation that Barclays would end its title sponsorship increased after Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore had to apologise for sending sexist e-mails in an episode that has embarrassed the League.

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Man City to be profitable by next year (ESPN)

Manchester City will break even this year and will make a profit the next year, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has insisted while criticising how UEFA calculates financial fair play. The Premier League champions made a loss of 51 million pounds last season and were fined 60 million euros, to be spread over three years, by UEFA after they were found guilty of breaching financial fair play rules.

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