Global Business of Soccer Recap

These are your headlines around the business of the beautiful game from the last week…

 

canadasoccer_logo_news_517x294_wwwTrouble in the North: Canada’s Disappointing Year of Soccer – (Business of Soccer)

It has been a tough year for Canadian soccer.  After the 2014 season, two of the three Canadian teams in Major League Soccer (MLS) missed the playoffs. So what’s going on in Canada and and with 2014 coming to a close how can they turn their fortunes around and look forward to 2015?

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Premier LeagueU.K. Regulator Probes Sale of Soccer TV Rights – (Bloomberg)

Virgin Media has made complaints regarding the process through which the Barclays Premier League sells their live broadcasting rights, prompting U.K. media regulator Ofcom to investigate any potential breaches in competition law.

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mls new logoMLS’ 2nd Dispersal Draft Ever Kicks of Draft-Emonium – (Business of Soccer)

The Dispersal Draft of Chivas USA’s remaining contracted players is but one of a long list of the various player acquisition mechanisms and drafts that will occur this off-season ahead of the 2015 season.  With two new teams and one contraction, it looks to be a busy time for MLS until late January.

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chivas-usa-logo-DLGoalkeeper Dan Kennedy Selected First as MLS Holds Chivas USA Dispersal Draft – (mlssoccer.com)

Major League Soccer has only ever had a dispersal draft once in the history of the league, back in January of 2002 following the contraction of the Miami Fusion and the Tampa Bay Mutiny.  This time around there’s only one team contracting and two new expansions were be involved. See who got slected

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More than a gameSoccer Is More Than Just a Game – (Business of Soccer)

Go onto Google and search for “Soccer” – see what results are returned. Very few, if any, of the top results will be articles or news relating to some of the outside forces that have an impact on the game and vice-versa and yet there are literally hundreds of examples that show the symbiotic relationship between soccer and the events of the world.

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earthquakes-stadium-san-joseQuakes Announce Avaya As New Stadium Rights Partner – (San Jose Earthquakes)

The San Jose Earthquakes’ new 18,000 seat stadium, expected to be completed by the start of the 2015 season has a new name.  Santa Clara based technology firm Avaya looks to bring much more than just a corporate sponsorship and a name to the stadium though.

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yedlinThe Financial & Performance Analysis of MLS’ “24 under 24” – (Business of Soccer)

In September, Major League Soccer (MLS) released the annual ranking of the top 24 players under the age of 24, a listing of some of the best young players based on an extensive criterion voted on by a panel of experts. This is where we breakdown where each player stands when crossing their performance with where the fall on the wage scale.

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Photo courtesy of Manchester United.Manchester United’s UCL Failure Will Cost the Club At Least £43 Million – (Business Insider)

Following Manchester United’s first absence from the Champions League in 10 years, the financial impact, exemplified in their Q1 Earnings Report, are starting to become more apparent with the announcement of expected falls in revenue.

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USLToronto FC To Launch USL PRO Team – (United Soccer Leagues)

Toronto FC and USL PRO have announced that the Canadian team will operate a franchise in USL PRO making Toronto the second Canadian club behind Montreal and also the sixth MLS club overall to do so and is among a long list of new participants to league for 2015.

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AP LogoUS Sanctions Colombia Soccer Team for Drug Ties – (Associated Press)

On Wednesday November 19th, the US Treasury Department placed sanctions Colombian Soccer club Envigado putting owner Juan Pablo Upequi and the team on the Department’s list of foreign narcotics kingpins on accusations of money laundering.

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