Global Business of Soccer Recap

Transfer deadline day ended last week and with that the transfer silly season has ended as well, here are last week’s major stories and headlines from Business of Soccer and around the industry.


BOS_BPL TV Money DistributionTop European Players Make Seven Times More Than MLS’ Top Earners – (Business of Soccer)

Since the DP rule and David Beckham came to Major League Soccer, the league has made impressive strides in the way the they compensate their top players.  There is no misconception among fans of MLS that the league is on a competitive pay scale compared to Europe but Business of Soccer’s Scott Phillips took a closer look at what that disparity might actually be.

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BoS_James Real MadridReal Madrid Posts Record Revenue for 2013/14 – (USA Today)

Real Madrid Cub President Florentino Perez presented the annual report for 2013/14 where a number of major business and club related achievements were revealed.  In addition to ‘La Decima’ the club’s 10th overall Champions League triumph, Perez announced that the club has posted record revenue, the clubs net debt was down and that the club was the sporting institution with the highest income for the 10th consecutive year. (This is the actual club’s annual report in spanish)

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Photo courtesy Bumpy Pitch

Entrepreneurship in Soccer: Bumpy Pitch & The Original Winger – (Business of Soccer)

Taking a closer look at individuals and companies that have transformed their passion for the beautiful game into their profession, Business of Soccer‘s ‘Entrepreneurship’ series focuses on Bumpy Pitch,  clothing label anchored by it’s partner site, The Original Winger by heading down to Los Angeles and meeting with Ben Hooper the clothing label’s Co-Founder.

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Premier LeaguePremier League clubs spend record £835m on Summer Transfers – (The Guardian)

The summer of 2014 before, during, and after the World Cup was a hectic and crazy time in the play transfer market. Despite Luis Suarez and Colombia’s baby-faced star James ‘don’t call me Jay-mes’ Rodriguez both moving to La Liga in big money transfers, it is the Premier League who destroyed the previous spending record for the summer transfer window with Manchester united the biggest spender.

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Watch ESPN appThe Evolving Landscape of Digital Media Rights in Soccer – (Business of Soccer)

Between the World Cup in Brazil on ESPN and the Barclay’s Premier League on NBC, there has been over the past year an unprecedented amount of soccer available digitally.  through both broadcaster’s apps, subscribers are able to watch any game from the respective competitions and yet, the multi-screening phenomena and the digital presence, according to some, isn’t being handled efficiently by broadcasters.

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Qatar 2022 World CupQatar Holds UK Human Rights Workers Amid World Cup Scrutiny – (Bloomberg)

Two British citizen’s, working for The Global Network for Rights and Development, based in Norway were arrested in Qatar on August 31st.  The arrest was confirmed by Qatar’s Foreign Ministry in an online statement and did not specify the laws that were allegedly broken but Krishna Upadhaya and Ghimire Gundez were investigating the treatment of foreign migrant workers in the country.

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Loftus RoadWeek 3 BPL Stadiums More Full but Attendance Falls – (Business of Soccer)

Continuing Business of Soccer’s analysis of Attendance trends in the Barclay’s Premier League, Week 3 once again showed no sell out crowd, despite three clubs coming within have a percent of capacity to selling out. The 2014/15 season season and weekly average both dropped from Week 2 but the Average Attendance in comparison to average capacity actually showed improvement.

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BoS_CasillasFIFA Watchdog Member Is Arrested Over Corruption – (RTE Sport/Reuters)

Canover Watson, one, of the eight members of FIFA’s financial watchdog was arrested by officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Anti-Corruption Unit who in a statement clarify the arrest was for “suspicion of breach of trust contrary to section 13 of the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Law, as well as abuse of public office…” FIFA has requested clarification form the man who is also VP of the Caribbean Football Union.

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MLS_1600-900Week 25 Fills MLS Stadiums 91% on Average – (Business of Soccer)

Business of Soccer’s breakdown of Premier League attendance came after we had alreayd been breaking down MLS attendance. In the latest breakdown of MLS attendance, Week 25 shows an increase in regular season average attendance by 24% and an average stadium capacity fill % that stayed the same despite four games being sold out and the Final Super Clasico game between Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy.

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BOS_Toronto LogoSun Obtains Rendering of BMO Field Upgrade – (Toronto Sun)

The proposed upgrade to BMO Field has many Toronto FC fans skeptical according to the Sun but a rendering shows some pretty attractive changes including roofing over three sections of the stadium, two extra decks behind the east stand and supporters’ end bringing the total capacity close to 30,00 costing almost $120 million.  While the renderings are subject to change, if they’re accurate, it will look pretty good.

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