Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- NBC set Premier League and MLS audience records for its coverage of Sunday’s EPL Manchester United-Chelsea match (1.29 million viewers) and Saturday’s Seattle Sounders-LA Galaxy to decide MLS’s Supporters’ Shield (699,000 viewers).
- Henry Nguyen and Peter Guber envision their new Major League Soccer team taking the field somewhere in the Los Angeles area in early 2017 in a sparkling new stadium filled with roaring fans. All they need now is a team name, colors, logo, offices, an entire business infrastructure, coaches, executives and players for those fans to support.
- U.S. women’s legend Mia Hamm said she has agreed to boost awareness of the brand of Italian club Roma stateside.
- The Romanian government wants to build hundreds of new football pitches in the run-up to the Euro 2020 championships.
- Newcastle United’s former Managing Director, Derek Llambias has been appointed to the Rangers board as Mike Ashley tightens his grip on the Scottish Football League club.
- The possibility that NASL club Minnesota United Owner Bill McGuire “can outmaneuver” Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf in the race to land an MLS expansion franchise in Minneapolis “is running into difficulty.”
- FIFA Exec Committee member Chuck Blazer worked “at the behest of the FBI and IRS” and taped conversations with a “parade of international figures.” Blazer “emerged at the epicenter of a sprawling criminal investigation.
- Reports in the Brazilian media suggest that Esporte Interativo has won the rights in its territory to the next three seasons of the Uefa Champions League.