Global Business of Soccer Recap


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


Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: Business Ethics in the Soccer Industry (Business of Soccer)

Joseph Blatter“Do the right thing.” This was something that my father told me every time I left the house growing up – a tradition I plan to carry on with my future children. This is essentially what is at the very heart of ethics, which Webster’s dictionary defines as “rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good or bad”. Business Ethics is a subject that has been brought to the forefront of the public eye in the last few decades, and especially in recent years. If people as individuals are to be held to an ethical, or moral code, so too should corporations in the manner with which they operate and conduct business. This applies to the world of global sport as well, because don’t let anyone fool you – professional sports are first and foremost, businesses.

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The Present & Future of MLS (Part I): A Profile of Homegrown Players in the League (Business of Soccer)

Bill HamidProducing homegrown talent is, and should be, a priority for any professional soccer organization. Busby’s Babes at Manchester United, FC Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, John Terry, Thomas Müller, Iker Cassillas, and Paolo Maldini are all fine examples of successful youth development systems and maybe one day we’ll be able to include Bill Hamid or Gyasi Zardes in the same conversation about the merits of promoting homegrown talent. Maybe they’re already in the conversation.

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No Stoppage Time: Financial Implications of Video Replay in MLS (Business of Soccer)

Instatn ReplayTechnology has had a profound impact on the way we play, analyze, and regulate sport. The 21st century has ushered in this new age where knowledge is power in the world of sports. Instant replay has been used by referees in baseball, American football, and tennis to ensure they make the correct calls. Last Friday, Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner Don Garber told Sports Illustrated that they would be interested in allowing FIFA to test instant replay in MLS as early as 2015.

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Major League Soccer Releases New Logo Heading Into New Era (Business of Soccer)

mls new logoMajor League Soccer unveiled its new logo beginning with the 2015 season. After 19 seasons with a logo having gone through minimal changes over the years, the league is going in a new positive direction both with the artwork, the on the field performance, and the off the field business.

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MLS Week 27 Attendance Average is 17,460 as Teams’ Playoff Hopes Fade (Business of Soccer)

Christopher Savino / Business of Soccer

MLS week 27 average attendance is 17,460. The regular season average has decreased 0.35% to 18,818 from 18,884 last week. Stadiums were 79.86% filled throughout the week, remaining at 84.68% of capacity for the season. Two matches were sold out this week – Seattle Sounders versus Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field and San Jose Earthquakes versus Los Angeles Galaxy at Buck Shaw Stadium.

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Major League Soccer Says Chivas USA May Not Play in 2015 (AP)

Red Bulls ChivasChivas USA might not play in 2015 and perhaps longer, a decision that won’t be made until a new owner takes over the Major League Soccer team. “We expect to be able to close an agreement by the end of the season,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Thursday after a news conference to launch the league’s new logo. “Once we get an ownership group in place, we’ll sit down with them and make a decision as to whether or not we’re going to keep that team operating in 2015 and beyond.”

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Sacramento USL Pro Club Announces Land Deal Ahead Of Meetings With MLS Execs (Sports Business Journal)

Sacramento Republic FC

USL Pro club Sacramento Republic FC yesterday announced that it “has reached an agreement to acquire land in the downtown railyard for a new 20,000-seat soccer stadium” that could host an MLS franchise, according to a front-page piece by Lillis & Kasler of the SACRAMENTO BEE.

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Soccer Funds Say French League Approved Disputed Financing (Bloomberg)

transfer_windowThree investment funds say the French soccer league has given them permission to give financing to teams in exchange for sharing a player’s transfer fee, a system that some sports bodies have frowned upon. The model is a variation on so-called third party ownership, which the sport’s European ruling body UEFA objects to because of ethical concerns.

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London’s Wembley Stadium Picked to Host 2020 Euro Final (Bloomberg)

TheFACrest_WembleyWembley Stadium in London was chosen to host the semifinals and final of soccer’s European Championship in 2020. European soccer’s ruling body UEFA picked the 90,652-seat facility over Munich’s Football Arena, which will stage a quarterfinal and some of the group games. Rome, St. Petersburg and Baku will also host quarterfinals.

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UEFA rules doctors must decide in cases of concussion (Bloomberg)

UEFA LogoReferees will stop matches for up to three minutes and the team doctor will decide if a player can continue in cases of concussion under new procedures to be used in European competitions, UEFA said on Thursday. Secretary general Gianni Infantino said the procedures, approved by the executive committee of European soccer’s governing body, would be introduced immediately.

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