Global Business of Soccer Recap

 

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

 

San Jose Earthquake’s Dave Kaval and Los Angeles Galaxy’s Chris Klein have both made Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 List (SBJ)

kaval-sje-googleplusIntroducing this year’s Forty Under 40, included in this year’s class are three new members of our Hall of Fame, a distinction recognizing three-time honorees. Learn about each of the 40 and get additional stories and insights from this year’s class.

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MLS Average Attendance 19,020 in Week 4 (Business of Soccer)

mls new logoMLS week 4 average attendance is 19,020. The regular season average has decreased -5.2% to 22,188 from 23,406 last week. Stadiums were 88.52% filled throughout the week, remaining at 97.9% of capacity for the season. Three matches were sold out this week – Montreal Impact versus Orlando City SC at Olympic Stadium, Vancouver Whitecaps versus Portland Timbers at BC Place, and Real Salt Lake versus Toronto FC at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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MLS Stakes Claim in Latin American Market With Globosat TV Deal (Business of Soccer)

mls new logoThose without a background knowledge of United States history might assume that the financial success of the nation has always been a given. In reality, a great deal of Americans could not connect American independence in 1783 to the great superpower it is today. In 1823, President James Monroe made a daring decree that would secure the financial success of the U.S. The Monroe Doctrine stated the United States would be a de facto protector of all nations in the Western Hemisphere. This helped secure economic relationships with Latin America and prevented European nations from interfering with U.S. economic prospects. The Monroe Doctrine is still a major factor in American foreign policy.

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Blatter says football must move away from Europe (Yahoo!)

BlatterFIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday that more moves are needed to export football away from Europe, as he gears up for a battle over Europe’s World Cup places and his own reelection. “The world is no longer Eurocentric. In my 40 years at FIFA I have regarded it as my most important task to lead football out of Europe into the whole world,” Blatter said. “We have succeeded but the process is not yet at an end,” he added in a column in the FIFA magazine The Weekly.

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FIFA chooses Hawk-Eye as goal-line technology system at Women’s World Cup in Canada (Montreal Gazette)

BOS_FIFAFIFA says it will use Hawk-Eye to rule on goal-line decisions at the Women’s World Cup in Canada. The British camera-based system to track the ball’s position is already used in the Premier League. It was developed in tennis and cricket. FIFA says Hawk-Eye will first be tested at the six stadiums staging the 24-team women’s tournament from June 6 to July 5. Hawk-Eye was previously used by FIFA at the Club World Cup in Japan in 2012. FIFA then chose the rival GoalControl system from Germany for the 2014 men’s World Cup in Brazil.

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New BC Place turf for Women’s World Cup will cost $1.3M (Vancouver Sun)

2015_FIFA_Women's_World_Cup_logo.svgThe new state-of-the-art Polytan turf to be installed at BC Place Stadium in time for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June will cost $1.327 million, the corporation that operates the stadium said Friday. PavCo revealed the price tag when it announced that Centaur Products Inc. of Burnaby was the successful bidder to install the German-made synthetic turf. PavCo, which was scheduled to replace the existing turf in 2016, will contribute $827,000, with the remaining $500,000 split between Canada Soccer and Rugby Canada.

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Minnesota United, LAFC Now In a Race For 2017 (Soccer Newsday)

LAFCWith a single statement, how Major League Soccer expansion will play out in 2017 is now not as certain as it originally was. Wednesday’s announcement that Minnesota United was coming to MLS was full of tidbits about how the timeline for MUFC will play out. The major one is the planned stadium near Target Field, which the league expects a financial roadmap for by July.

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FIFA Presidential Candidate Hussein Seeks Zimbabwe Support (Bloomberg)

BOS_FIFAPrince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who is challenging Sepp Blatter in a leadership race for soccer’s ruling body FIFA, will meet southern African bodies representing the sport this week. The governing body will choose its leader May 29 in Zurich, Switzerland. Al-Hussein, along with Blatter and two other leadership candidates, are promising more money to national associations. Luis Figo, a retired Portuguese player, is competing as is Michael van Praag, head of the Dutch soccer association.

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UEFA and FIFPro launch complaint against third-party ownership (FC Business)

UEFA LogoUEFA and FIFPro Division Europe have today formally launched a complaint with the European Commission, questioning the legality of third-party player ownership (TPO) within European law on the basis that it is harmful to the interests of players, clubs and fans, and also undermines the standing and integrity of the game. Although some national football associations have previously acted to bring this practice to an end, there has been no consistency of approach within Europe.

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UEFA fines Malmo $110,000 for “poor pitch” in Champions League, but racism still only worth $11,000 (NBC Sports)

UEFA LogoSwedish club Malmo has been fined $110,000 (100,000 euros) for “poor pitch conditions” during their recent participation in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League group stage. Malmo, who finished fourth in Group A after the double round-robin slate of games against Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Olympiacos, were deemed to have provided a sub-standard playing surface during the club’s three home games at Swedbank Stadium.

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