Global Business of Soccer Recap

These are your headlines from the week past in the business of the beautiful game…


MLSPU and MLS logosPlayers’ Strike Could Win the Battle but Lose the War for Soccer in America – (Business of Soccer)

The new MLS CBA has been agreed, thereby avoiding a threatened players strike in the eleventh hour, but before that happened, Business of Soccer looked at the implications of such a players’ strike and what impact it might have on the sport in the US.

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mls new logoMLS CBA Deal Details and Breakdown – (Sports Illustrated & The Washington Post)

The Player’s strike that Business of Soccer explored in the article above never actually happened, a collective bargaining agreement was reached and agreed upon at the very last possible minute. Sports Illustrated’s Brian Straus and The Washington Post’s Steven Goof both give great run-downs of the deal and what they mean for all stakeholders involved.

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Chevy Manchester UnitedRise in Foreign Exposure Drives Increase in Sponsorship Revenue for European Clubs – (Business of Soccer)

The globalization of soccer has been a heavily discussed topic in the industry over the last several years. One of the most talked about parts of the industry where the impact of globalization in soccer has been quite visible is jersey sponsorship, especially in the European leagues.

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BOS_FIFAFIFA Plans to Penalize Soccer Federations for Racism Inaction – (Bloomberg)

FIFA will punish national soccer organizations if they don’t start using existing rules to fight racism, according to Vice President Jeffrey Webb. In an interview in Paraguay, FIFA’s Vice President, who is also head of CONCACAF suggested that FIFA should take action if point deductions or relegation were not applied to teams guilty of racist incidents.

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NBNew Balance Announce Celtic Sponsorship – (Soccer Bible)

New Balance, parent company of Warrior, continue their push into soccer following their takeover and transition of Warrior’s kit sponsorship contracts in signing reigning Scottish Premier League Champions Celtic, adding the club to alineup that already includes, Liverpool, Stoke City, Sevilla and Porto.

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mls new logoEurosport Signs Four-Year Deal to Broadcast MLS – (SportsPro Media)

Eurosport’s four-year agreement to broadcast MLS across Europe, except for the UK, until 2018 covers all MLS fixtures, plus play-off games, the MLS Cup and the annual All-Star Game although, no financial details were revealed.

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CyprusCypriot Referee Blows Whistle on Match Fixing – (Associated Press)

A Cypriot referee has come forward with allegations of match-fixing in Greek Professional Soccer.  While many inclinations go straight to gambling as the source of the controversy, in this case, the blame, according to the referee, lies with Football Association officials and politicians.

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464px-As_roma.gifAP Interview: Mia Hamm ‘Humbled’ to Join Roma Board – (Associated Press)

Mia Hamm, already a member of the ownership group of the new LA-based MLS Franchise LAFC with her husband Nomar Garciaparra, found herself in the course of a week, was asked to join the board of directors for Italian Giants AS Roma.

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BOS_Beckham2Beckham to be Offered Site near Marlins Stadium – (ESPN FC)

David Beckham and Miami-Dade county have had a tumultuous year or two. With MLS insisting that a venue solution be in place in order for David Beckham’s Miami franchise to become reality, the news that the Miami Dade County Commission agreed on a resolution urging Mayor Carlos Gimenez to finalize a deal with Beckham should be music to many ears.

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mls new logoMajor League Soccer and Audi Sign Multi-Year Partnership Deal – (Forbes)

Major League Soccer and Audi of America have agreed to a partnership deal that will see the German auto manufacturer replace fellow German manufacturer Volkswagen as the league’s official automotive partner as well as become the presenting sponsor for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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cuauhtemoc-blancoSoccer Star Cuauhtemoc Blanco Jumps into Mexican Politics – (Yahoo Sports by AP)

Cuauhtemoc Blanco isn’t even retired, currently playing of the bench for LIGA MX club Puebla, but the former El Tri star has eyes on politics as a career once he retires.  Blanco has designs to run for mayor of Cuernavaca, a city he has lived in for 10 years.

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