Global Business of Soccer Recap

Here are your business headlines form the previous week in the beautiful game…

 

Minnesota United ExpansionEvaluating Minneapolis Market For Major League Soccer – (Business of Soccer)

A club in Minneapolis will help round out MLS’s appeal and relevance across the country, something the leagues has known for some time and that’s why we’ve been hearing Minneapolis in the mix for expansion clubs for a while now.

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20130305_minnesota-united_33Minnesota to Join Major League Soccer – (SportsPro Media)

On March 25th, commissioner Don Garber welcomed Minnesota United FC into the Major League Soccer family, marking with it, the 20th franchise in MLS and further advancement on the goal of having 24 teams by the end of 2020.

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mls new logoMLS Stepping Up its Partnership Game – (Business of Soccer)

Major League Soccer’s (MLS) twentieth season is off to a fast start, and not just on the pitch, but off of it as well. Since the start of the new year the league’s partnership department has been quite busy.

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Rosell NeymarProsecutor Seeks $24 Million Fine For Barcelona in Neymar Case – (Bloomberg)

The tax evasion charges being brought against Barcelona relating to Neymar’s transfer from Santos have always been taken seriously by the club but it may take on a whole new level of importance with the Prosecutor in the case seeking more than $24 Million in fines as well as jail time for former club president Sandro Rosell.

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New Balance WarriorNew Balance Football Launch Debut Ad – (SoccerBible)

New Balance Football, the parent brand of Warrior has finished taking over Warrior’s various football contracts and they’re ready to tart taking further steps forward. The first tep comes in the form of their first add, promoting ‘#NB Football’ which feature every major individual player sponsor in their arsenal.

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mls new logoMLS Average Attendance Dips 6% Remains Above 23,000 on The Season – (Business of Soccer)

MLS’ week 3 has wrapped up and three matches were sold out – Orlando City SC versus Vancouver Whitecaps at the Citrus Bowl, Sporting Kansas City versus Portland Timbers at Sporting Park, and San Jose Earthquakes versus Chicago Fire at Avaya Stadium.

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El SalvadorEl Salvador Soccer Player Acquitted In Match Fixing Case – (Associated Press)

Money laundering, cover-up and illegal association were among the charges leveled against two foreign businessmen and elven players on El Salvador’s Men’s National Team. Each person found the charges acquitted with the judge ruling the misconduct to be one based in morality rather than criminality.

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BOS_AS MonacoMonaco Slated For +€50 Million in Champions League Earnings – (Business of Soccer)

Last Tuesday at the Stade Louis II, Monaco advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The qualification is the club’s biggest achievement since billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev’s 2011 takeover, and a significant step in the club becoming a premier sporting institution from an earnings perspective.

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BPL LogoPremier League To Share £1 Billion of TV Deal With English Football – (BBC Sport)

Parachute payments and grassroots football.  The Premier has announced, in the wake of another massive TV rights deal, that the organization will be taking a portion of that income and ensuring that it gets redistributed to clubs in meaningful ways such as keeping match tickets at reasonable levels and in support of a living wage for club employees.

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