Global Business of Soccer Recap

 

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

TV Soccer pic2014 World Cup Most Likely to Reach Largest Audience in History (Business of Soccer)

The World Cup is the largest and most significant event for FIFA, causing whole nations to put their lives on hold to watch the games. The popularity of the World Cup is massive, even in non-football-centric nations. Despite the rising costs of holding the tournament, FIFA’s efforts in Brazil are still projected to bring in record revenue.

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mlsOutlier Impact on MLS Salary Data (Business of Soccer)

The latest installment of Business of Soccer’s analysis of Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Player Union salary data examines the effect of outliers on the collective salary information.  By removing the effect of a minority of player salaries well above the average, we’ll obtain a better understanding of earnings in Major League Soccer.

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World Cup 2014 RefereesThe Men In The Middle – World Cup 2014 Referees (Business of Soccer)

Here come the Men In Black.  Okay FIFA’s World Cup referees may not be galaxy defenders protecting against extra-terrestrial violence and there are surely some referees who wish they could neuralize whole stadiums and television audiences so fans would forget poor officiating, but they are very much on a government list, soccer’s government that is.

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BOS_Coke-FIFAFIFA 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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GBSR 6.2.14 QueretaroMexico’s Grupo Imagen Buys Club Queretaro (Reuters)

Mexican media firm Grupo Imagen said on Friday it had acquired soccer team Club Queretaro, which was seized by Mexican authorities in March after its prior owner was found to be at the center of a fraud scandal. The Attorney General’s office held former Club Queretaro owner Amado Yanez for questioning in March after Citigroup Inc said it found at least $400 million in bogus loans to Oceanografia, an oil services company majority owned by Yanez. The loans were made by Citigroup’s local unit Banamex.

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BlatterFIFA President Blatter Looks for Support for a Fifth Term (Bloomberg)

Sepp Blatter said he’ll ask national associations next month for their permission to stand for a fifth term as the president of soccer governing body FIFA. Blatter, 78, said in 2011 that he wouldn’t run for re-election to the office he has held since 1998. June’s annual congress in Sao Paulo will also vote on the last of a raft of reforms aimed at preventing the financial scandals that have punctuated Blatter’s presidency.

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FIFPro LogoFIFPro Launch Guide To Tackle Match-Fixing (FC Business)

A Good Practice Guide designed to challenge the scourge of match-fixing in football will be presented at the closing conference of Don’t Fix It – an anti-match-fixing partnership between the international footballers’ association FIFPro, UEFA and Birkbeck, University of London, in Slovenia next week.

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UEFA LogoThe Business Success of The Champions League (Soccerex)

In 2013 UEFA reported a global audience of 172.6 million viewers when Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium.  With the final between Real Madrid and Atletico finishing in dramatic fashion in Lisbon, UEFA’s worldwide appeal continued to grow with hundreds of millions of fans following the match both on television and through social media platforms.

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BOS_BPL Ticket PricesWorld Cup Ticket Prices Crash Amid Rush to Complete Works (Bloomberg)

World Cup tickets are being listed on the secondary market for as little as $15.48, 89 percent below face value, as soccer fans snub games outside Brazil’s southern cities. The cheapest access to a game onViagogo is for a ticket to the June 24 game between Greece andIvory Coast at Fortaleza’s Castelao stadium, which has a face value of $135. Tickets to see three-time champion Germany at the same venue in northeastern Brazil are available at 44 percent below face value.

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nycfcbadgeReport: Lampard Agrees to Join New York City FC; David Villa to Follow (NBC Sports)

New York City FC may have sent it’s first shockwave through Major League Soccer. According to reports out of England, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has agreed to join impending expansion team, who will begin play in March 2015. Breaking away from his national team’s World Cup preparations, Lampard reportedly spent Saturday at the home of NYC FC’s co-owners, Manchester City, to work out the final details of his move.

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