Global Business of Soccer Recap

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

 

 

mls new logoPlayer Salaries Play Role in Expansion Draft Jigsaw Puzzle (Business of Soccer)

Major League Soccer’s (MLS) expansion draft held on Wednesday, December 10th just might be the first major step towards the 2015 season.  Two of MLS’ newest clubs, New York City FC (NYCFC) and Orlando City SC (OCSC) were awarded the opportunity to draft ten players from the other MLS clubs.  This mechanism serves to help level the playing field for the new clubs entering the league.  Current teams were allowed to protect eleven of their players whom could not be taken by either NYCFC or OCSC as part of the expansion draft, which prevents these new clubs from drafting a superclub from the elite talent in the league.

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CellinoMassimo Cellino and Leeds United: A Fit and Proper Breakdown (Business of Soccer)

As it stands, Leeds are expected to post almost $36 million (£22.93 million*) in losses for last season due to decreases in turnover and a high wage bill as well as owing money on loans from the Bahraini Bank, among others. This current state of affairs isn’t a new situation for Leeds having gone into administration before due to an inability to payback loans that had been taken out as well as tax debt, not to mention the fact that at one point, they had sold their stadium Elland Road and their training ground just before their administration period.

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Bo$ Castrol SalaryMLS Castrol Index & Salary Data Analysis: Best Clubs Spend More (Business of Soccer)

Upon completion of Major League Soccer’s (“MLS”) regular season, Business of Soccer analyzed Castrol Index data alongside the league’s salary figures to identify value players.  In connection with the completion of the postseason yesterday, the analysis below examines the value achieved by each club.

League Champions, the Los Angeles Galaxy, generated the most points, while the Columbus Crew (the “Crew”) generated the most value per Castrol Index points earned.  Furthermore, trend analysis indicates that regardless of value achieved, clubs with higher payrolls are more successful.

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St James Park ChelseaBPL Week 15: Chelsea 1st Loss in Front of Most Full Venue (Business of Soccer)

Gameweek 15 in the Barclay’s Premier League featured some shocking results and some not so shocking. Shocker #1 was not that St James’ park was the most full venue on the week, but rather that the crowd witnessed Chelsea’s first loss of the season to the magpies, crowning a turn-around that at the beginning many thought would be Allen Pardew’s doom. The not so shocking result was that Aston Villa’s Villa Park was the least full by at least 25% of capacity compared to every other stadium.

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940-match-fixing-8colSoccer’s Richest League Tests Appeal With Latest Broadcast Sale (Bloomberg)

Broadcasters in the U.K. have the chance to bid for the rights to screen England’s Premier League, soccer’s richest championship that saw TV income rise 70 percent in the last auction.

British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc and BT Group Plc in 2012 paid a record 3 billion pounds ($4.71 billion) for the rights to show teams including Manchester United and Liverpool for three seasons. It was BT’s first involvement in the sector that has been dominated by Sky since the Premier League started in 1992.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 11.09.43 PMSwiss Lawmakers Vote for Heightened Financial Scrutiny of Sports Officials (Reuters)

Swiss lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would subject sports officials such as the head of soccer’s governing body FIFA and the International Olympic Committee to more financial scrutiny by banks in Switzerland.

Switzerland is responding to years of corruption allegations with a set of laws which have become known as “Lex FIFA” that aim to tighten oversight of the approximately 60 sporting bodies based here.

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Costa Fan CelebrationChelsea Gain Living Wage Employer Accreditation (FC Business)

Chelsea have become the first English professional football club to be accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage Foundation’s accreditation means that from January 2015, Chelsea will pay all directly employed members of staff the Living Wage as a minimum – currently £9.15 in London or £7.85 an hour outside of London.

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BOS_NASLSoccer Legend Ronaldo Invests in NASL’s Strikers (Soccerex)

Brazilian legend Ronaldo has joined the ownership group at North American Soccer League (NASL) side Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

The former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan striker, 38, will take a minority stake in the Florida-based team, who finished fourth in the US second tier in 2014.

Ronaldo adds the club to other post-retirement business interests such as his São Paulo-based client representation agency 9ine Sports & Entertainment.

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PSG LogoParis Saint Germain Renews Deal With Repucom (FC Business)

After qualifying for the next round of the Champions League despite losing to Barcelona last night, Paris-Saint Germain have announced they have renewed their collaboration with the Repucom, the sports marketing research company.

The deal marks the start of a two season long extension for the company to evaluate Paris Saint-Germain’s media exposure, both nationally and internationally, as the club looks to provide sponsors with an accurate evaluation of their own relationship with the French club.

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dcunited-newstadium3Tenemos Que Ganar: D.C. United’s Everlasting Stadium Quest Nears End (Sports Illustrated)

Two days before Thanksgiving, the MLS club announced via the social networking site that revised legislation designed to pave the way for the construction of a long-awaited soccer stadium in the nation’s capital had been approved unanimously by a city council committee. Bowser, a council member and Washington’s mayor elect, quoted the tweet and added, simply, “#Vamos.”

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