Global Business of Soccer Recap

Here are the top headlines from around the industry over the past week…


PrecourtPrecourt Vision Realized In First Year as Crew Owner – (Business of Soccer)

2014 is the year of the reboot in Major League Soccer and after the MLS “Next” rebrand, Columbus Crew is next up with their October 8th rebrand just around the corner.  The club, led by Anthony Precourt, has made some impressive changes in a very short period of time.

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Denis DekovicDenis Dekovic Agrees to Join Adidas – (Soccerbible)

Denis Dekovic, the man behind the new Nike’s Magista and Superfly as well as the Tiempo Legend V, four versions of the Vapor IX, and the Hypervenom, come 2015 will no longer be involved with the Portland Oregon company. Adidas has snagged the Design Director along with two other big names.

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Southampton FC bPay BandSouthampton Fans First To Wear their Financial Support for their Club – (Business of Soccer)

One of the latest trends in sport and leisure fashion, “wearables”, is combining with one of the hottest new technologies in commerce, contactless payments, brought together by Barclaycard’s bPay band and Southampton FC.

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Ft. Lauderdale StrikersTraffic Sells Fort Lauderdale Strikers to Brazilian Trio – (SportsPro Media)

The new ownership group said it will take over at the conclusion of the current season, with Sao Paulo-founded Traffic Sports continuing to act as a strategic partner. Traffic Sports’ US division revived the Strikers, which in their original guise fielded the likes of Pele, Gordon Banks and Gerd Muller, in 2011.

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MLS: All Star Game-Homegrown GameThe Present & Future of MLS (Part II): Homegrown Players and Their Clubs – (Business of Soccer)

Part I of this look at homegrown players (HGP) in Major League Soccer took the profile of the players from the viewpoint of annual classes in an effort to gauge potential progress in the league overall since 2008 when the homegrown rule was put into effect. Part II ooks closer at the club’s these players sign for

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Joseph BlatterFIFA’s Sepp Blatter Makes Statement on 2018/22 WC Report & Third Party Ownership – (NYT & Guardian)

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President held a press conference following two days of meetings in Zurich of the FIFA Executive Council.  It was during this press conference where Blatter made several big announcements that included the steady shifting out and ban of all Third Party Ownership and that the Garcia report into courruption during the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bids would not be made public.

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The Anfield Project & Liverpool’s Redevelopment Plan – (Business of Soccer)

The Anfield Project, designed to redevelop the whole area surrounding the iconic stadium, took another big step forward as the Liverpool’s City Council Planning Committee announced that they had unanimously granted planning permission for construction on Anfield’s main stand and outline proposal’s for the Anfield Road stand.

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UEFA LogoRoma, Monaco, Inter, Liverpool Probed Over Financial Fair Play – (Yahoo)

UEFA’s CFCB which monitors and regulates the financial fair play regulations announced that seven clubs are being investigated due to financial fair play break-even deficits and that the clubs in question would need to send additional monitoring information.

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City’s fans watch David Silva in action. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Major League Soccer Week 28 & Premier League Week 5 Attendance Figures – (Business of Soccer)

Week 28 of Major League Soccer proved to be an overall positive one in attendance for both season and weekly averages while the Barclay’s Premier League attendance trends continue to take shape in Week 5 as season and weekly average dipped despite the top shelf Chelsea Vs Manchester City matchup.

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BOS_Olympic StadiumWest Ham Unveil ‘Club London’ Ahead of Olympic Move – (Soccerex)

West Ham United have revealed details of the hospitality offering at the Olympic Stadium, the club’s new home from 2016. Under the ‘Club London’ banner, West Ham unveiled four hospitality options, promising current corporate partners and season ticket holders priority as well as creating a virtual venue allowing fan’s to see sight lines throughout various parts of the stadium.

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