Global Business of Soccer Recap

We are back with the latest roundup of last week’s headlines for the industry:

 

Chevy Manchester UnitedPremier League Top Shirt Sponsorship: A Decade of Growth – (Business of Soccer)

It seems as though every year one of the top teams in the Premier League is changing the company or organization they choose to display on the front of their home and away shirts. With every change comes an increase in money paid and that progress calls for a closer look.

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BOS_Barca logoBarcelona Said to Agree to Cut Soccer League Income Gap – (Bloomberg)

Four-time European champion Barcelona agreed to a proposal to share Spanish soccer league television revenue more equally among smaller teams.  At the moment both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona each earn 6.5 times as much TV revenue as the lowest earning team.

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Kaka Orlando City SCWhere Does MLS Spend its Salary Cap – (Business of Soccer)

Business of Soccer decided to take a look at the birth nations of all players and see which region of the world receives the highest salary and therefore the most “desirable”. Last year, Business of Soccer took an exclusive look at this information for the first time.  The second year of this kind of analysis will allow for some interesting comparisons.

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ColumbusCrew-PrimaryColumbus Crew SC Unveiled in Downtown Ceremony  – (TheCrew.com)

The scheduled unveiling of the Columbus Crew’s rebrand in Columbus Crew SC along with their new logo took place last Wednesday night in downtown Columbus. Owner Anthony Precourt engaged in a Q+A and the whole launch was full of energy.

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Soccerex Global Convention 20142014 Soccerex Global Convention Highlights Imminent Transformation of the Beautiful Game – (Business of Soccer)

Every year soccer’s top administrators, industry experts, and business leaders come together in one place to discuss the state of the game, from just about every aspect possible, at the Soccerex Global Convention. There was a common theme this year that was quite visible coming away from the convention: the global soccer industry is on the precipice of a major transformation.

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SportingKC_JerseyLogo_Filter-e1365056725388Ivy Funds Adds Years to Sporting KC Jersey Deal – (Sports Business Journal)

Continuing a deal originally began in the 2013 season, financial services firm Ivy Funds has agreed an extension on the current deal that places the firms name on the front of Sporting KC jerseys.  Both groups are looking to further innovate with national activation strategies.

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Chelsea FansBarclay’s Premier League Week 7 Attendance Trends – (Business of Soccer)

Week 7 in the Barclay’s Premier League saw Arsene Wenger turn Stamford Bridge into a dueling arena while the two London Club’s squared off in front of the second most full stadium that week. Accompanying Stamford Bridge in the top three most full are representatives from Manchester and Wales.

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VegasLas Vegas Balks at Stadium Debt Amid Taxpayer Backlash – (Bloomberg)

Skepticism is high in Las Vegas about how beneficial a publicly funded stadium will be to the city.  While the city council is in support of an MLS team and a stadium, but oppose the notion that it should include plans to use public funds and urge Findlay Sports & Entertainment LLC and the Cordish Companies to rework their proposal without public funds.

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Gillette StadiumMajor League Soccer Week 30 Attendance Trends – (Business of Soccer)

In a week where New England Revolution sold out Gillette Stadium and the San Jose Earthquakes Sold out Buck Shaw Stadium, attendance figures still saw a dip across the board as the post season and the battle for the MLS Cup looms ever closer.

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UEFA LogoUEFA and Sportradar to Step Up Fight Against Match Fixing – (SportsPro Media)

UEFA will soon be receiving betting movement information on over 30,000 games around Europe per season in a renewal of an agreement that will push harder still against the threat of match fixing in Europe of the beautiful game.

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