Global Business of Soccer Recap


Super short term memory, at least according to James Harden, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, and Landon Donovan, is a key characteristic of successful people and if you’re here reading Business of Soccer then we cant help but feel that you have a winning and successful personality as well.  So here’s to short term memory and the successful readers helping Business of Soccer succeed, we bring to you last week’s major headlines and stories.


PSG Qatar TourismFollow the Money: Middle Eastern Influence in Global Soccer (Part II – Qatar)  – (Business of Soccer)

The first part of this series which follows the various sources of money being invested in global soccer looked at the United Arab Emirates.  With Qatar’s World Cup bid the focus of controversy and coverage, it’s easy to overlook the other investments they’ve made financially and commercially in the game.  This second installment examines Qatar’s partnerships and financial foray’s into the beautiful game beyond the World Cup.

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Bimbo BreadPhiladelphia Union Agree Multi-Million Dollar Bimbo Extension – (SportsPro Media)

The agreement with Pennsylvania Based Bimbo Bakeries USA, an offshoot of the Mexican Grupo Bimbo, started in 2011 for the Philadelphia Union and was originally expected to run four years from that time.  Now, the deal has been extended will run for an additional five years and represents a significant increase in the money involved in the deal going forward.

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barcelona transfer banBarcelona and FIFA Appeals: How to Sign Players During a Transfer Ban – (Business of Soccer)

Barcelona, Back in April were initially banned by FIFA from signing players as a result of the club’s alleged breach of regulations covering the international transfer of minors.  If the club has been banned from singing players since April how then has it been able to sing Luis Suarez, Thomas Vermaelen and five other players since then? It’s all in the appeal.

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Borussia_DortmundDortmund Hope to Raise Cash in Stock Issue – (Associated Press)

Borussia Dortmund, currently FC Bayern Munich’s biggest Bundesliga rival, is looking to raise the financial profile of the club by issuing shares intended to both reduce debt and infuse the rest into the club.  Major corporate sponsors of the club have already committed to purchasing portions of shares to be released once they become available.  Having sold arguably their two largest assets to Bayern, the club looks to compete financially as well as on the field.

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Bayern MunichFC Bayern Munich Partners with SAP to Optimize Player Health & Performance – (Business of Soccer)

On Tuesday, August 19th, FC Bayern Munich announced a partnership with the worlds largest business management software supplier, SAP.  The deal sees the club implement the use of SAP’s Hana platform to track and analyze player performance and health data.  The deal comes of the heels of another deal with SAP where Bayern added their customer relationship management and economic software Hybris.

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Aston VillaVilla Hires Arsenal’s Fox to CEO of Team Up For Sale – (BusinessWeek)

Barclay’s Premier League Club Aston Villa, owned by American businessman Randy Lerner has hired Arsenal Official Tom Fox as the club’s CEO.  Lerner, who formerly owned the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, put the midlands club up for sale at the end of last season.

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Levi StadiumWeek 23 Follows Second Highest MLS Average Attendance with Second Lowest – (Business of Soccer)

MLS week 23 average attendance is 15,924.  The regular season average has decreased 0.67% to 18,878 from 19,0006 last week.  Stadiums were 81.9% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.9% of capacity for the season with four matches sold out at Rio Tinto stadium, Crew Stadium, Sporting Park and Buck Shaw Stadium.

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ESPN Picks Up Package of UEFA Champions League Rights – (SoccerEx)
In December of last year, Fox Sport Media Group agreed a $195 million for the UEFA Champions League broadcasting rights in the Caribbean and the US through 2017/18.  This deal has now been sub-licensed with ESPN on a four year basis ESPN3 with have the English language rights to  up to 68 matches throughout the season including 60 group stage games while ESPN Deportes will have 72 Spanish language matches.


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"It’s blue, what else matters." Photo courtesy of adidas.

Chelsea FC’s Transfer Dealings Through The Financial Fair Play Filter – (Business of Soccer)

$220 million is a quite a sum of money for a club, even a club the size of Chelsea.  For that amount of money to come from the sale of only four players on top of that is something even more note worthy from the club.  The only thing is, it’s simple to jut add up how much each player was sold for and assume that’s what is available to the club as soon as the player leaves.  With Financial Fair Play now in full swing, it seems appropriate to look at Chelsea’s sales and signing since January from the Financial Fair Play angle.

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