Global Business of Soccer Recap

These are your headlines around the game from the past week…

Gerrard Final Merseyside DerbyPremier League Attendance Weeks 23-25: Gerrard’s Final Merseyside Derby a Sellout – (Business of Soccer)

For the first time all season, the Barclays Premier League posted a sellout match outside of Queen’s Park Rangers’ Loftus Road stadium while the week prior saw the highest weekly average attendance of the season.

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Premier LeagueGlobal TV Deals Set to Take Premier League Rights Over $13BN – (Associated Press)

With the sale of the 2016-19 Premier League domestic television game rights to Sky and BT as well as highlight rights to BBC as and a pending mobile and digital deal, the Premier League is set to bring in record revenue that will provide a massive windfall for clubs an the league.

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UEFA Women's Champions League FinalEconomic Prospects of FIFA Women’s Club World Cup Differs From Men’s Game – (Business of Soccer)

Launching a FIFA Women’s Club World Cup might seem ideal for the women’s game. By launching a Club World Cup for women, FIFA would be hoping that fans of the women’s game would enjoy a second worldwide women’s tournament the same way they enjoy the Women’s World Cup. There are threats to its financial viability however.

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BOS_FIFAFox and Telemundo to Show World Cup Through 2026 – (New York Times)

FIFA very quietly and quickly announced that Fox and Telemundo have acquired broadcasting rights in the US to the 2026 World Cup, adding to the 2018 and 2022 broadcasting rights that they outbid ESPN for.

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464px-As_roma.gifAS Roma Secure €175 Million Loan from Goldman Sachs – (SportsPro Media)

AS Roma, partially owned by US Entrepreneur Thomas R DiBenedetto, has secured Investment Giant Goldman Sachs as  ‘mandated lead arranger and bookrunner’ for a 5-year loan agreement that the club insists has nothing to do with their proposed stadium move.

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USL rebrand


Tim Holt Explains USL’s Decision to Seek Division 2 Sanctioning – (

USL Pro is no longer USL Pro, it’s just USL now, and along with it’s rebrand, the league is also looking to rise up the USSF division ranking from where it currently resides in Division 3 to Division 2 where the current era NASL sits.  USL President Tim Holt sits down with’s Jonathan Tannenwald.

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LibertyMutualLiberty Mutual Replaces Allstate at US Soccer – (Sports Business Journal)

Allstate has been the insurance sponsor of the US Soccer Federation since 2011, but no more.  Liberty Mutual will be moving forward as the USSF’s insurance sponsor  in a deal that sees the partnership span the Men’s National Team, the Women’s National Team, Youth National Teams and the US Development Academy.

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BOS_FIFAWorld Cup Ticket Agent Freed by Court After Charges Dismissed – (Bloomberg)

Raymond Whelan, who is a director at Match Services AG, the hospitality and marketing partner of FIFA, has been released by a Brazilian Court which dropped charges of ticket scalping. He was detained in Brazil for most of the time between now and when he turned himself in to Brazilian Police July 13th.

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Real MadridReal Madrid’d Plans to Redevelop Bernabéu Blocked by City Court – (The Guardian)

Madrid’s Supreme Court of Justice has ruled that redevelopment plans on Real Madrid’s iconic home stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu are to be halted effective immediately. This decision overturns a 2012 agreement the cub had with the Governing Council of the Municipal Community of Madrid.

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Chevy Manchester UnitedManchester United Set for First Annual Loss Since 2012 U.S. IPO – (Bloomberg)

The financial year for Manchester giants Manchester United, ends June 30th.  It is expected that the club will post annual losses around the $17 million amount following losses in three of its last eight quarters.

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Reporting on the business side of the world's game.