Global Business of Soccer Recap

 

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

 

LAFCNo Shortage of Investors for New MLS Club in LA – (Business of Soccer)
Just three days after dissolving Chivas USA, MLS announced the creation of a new club that would replace it as Los Angeles’ second team in the league, LAFC. The club is backed by a laundry list of owners led by the trio of Henry Nguyen, a Vietnamese-born entrepreneur, Peter Guber, owner and co-executive chairman of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and co-owner of MLB’s LA Dodgers, and sports veteran Tom Penn.
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Real MadridReal Madrid Agree ‘Strategic Partnership’ with Abu Dhabi’s IPIC – (The Guardian)
The world’s richest club, Real Madrid, have agreed a long term strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company.  Both parties have declined to comment on the length or amount involved in the deal but it is expected to help fund stadium refurbishments as well as expand the club’s global footprint.

 

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Loftus Road AVLPremier League Week 9 Posts Another Sellout – (Business of Soccer)
The Barclays Premier League in Week 9 saw a number of high profile games but it was arguably one of the lesser lights among the 6 London Clubs who not only remained the only BPL club to have a home sellout crowd but also extended that number to two games.

 

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Platini UEFAEC Reject Soccer Rule Challenge That Led to Record Fines – (Bloomberg)
The executive branch of the European Union have thrown out the complaint made by a Brussel’s based player agent against the Financial Fair Play rules currently in place by Europe’s Soccer governing body UEFA because the man filed in Belgium as well.

 

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Sounders Supporters Shield2014 MLS Attendance Review &  A Look Ahead at 2015 – (Business of Soccer)
MLS Cup competition has begun and the regular season has ended.  Business of Soccer has covered MLS attendance all season and now takes a comprehensive review of the season’s attendance numbers as well as thoughts looking forward tot he 2015 season.

 

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FIFPro LogoFIFA, FIFPro and INTERPOL Launch Joint Campaign – (FIFPro)

A joint FIFA, FIFPro and INTERPOL global campaign to fight match manipulation has today been launched at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and education about match fixing and how to handle any attempts at match manipulation.

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BPL KitsClub Sponsorship Forecast: Agreements Likely to Boost Record Club Earnings (Business of Soccer)

The unparalleled financial growth in global soccer has been well documented in recent years, and has shown the power of the brands that some of the world’s top clubs carry. We’ve seen record breaking commercial partnership deals in the area TV broadcasting rights, player transfer values, and shirt and kit sponsorships broken again and again, sometimes within the same calendar year.

 

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FC Dallas AdvocareFC Dallas Breathe Life Into Commercial Portfolio – (SportsPro Media)
Health company Advocare, already a partner of MLS club FC Dallas since 2012, has extended their multi-million dollar agreement with FC Dallas for another 6 years which puts the company’s logo on the front of the Texas club’s shirts as well as a heavy visible presence in the clubs stadium and training facility.
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Twitter CEO Admits The World Cup Was No Help to User Growth – (Business Insider)

Twitter’s stock was down nearly 13% in pre-market trading, after CEO Dick Costolo admitted yesterday that the company’s efforts to gain new users through the World Cup didn’t have much of an effect despite launching a special on-boarding program for new-users intended to incorporate the World Cup.
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Source: Orlando City SC Facebook page

FAIRWINDS Named Official Credit Union and Founding Partner of Orlando City SC – (Orlando City SC)

Orlando City SC and FAIRWINDS Credit Union have announced a multi-year agreement where the financial details were undisclosed.  The agreement makes FAIRWINDS the club’s official credit union as well launches a VISA specific Orlando City SC credit card.
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