Global Business of Soccer Recap

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

 

MLS Handles Sapong DUI Swiftly, Boost League’s Credibility and Image – (Business of Soccer)CJ Sapong Union jpg

Presenting a positive image to the masses has become increasingly important with the rise of social media, technology, and the ever scrutinizing public eye.  This fact is especially true for professional sports leagues and Major League Soccer is no exception.

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Real Madrid Tops Ranking of the World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams – (Forbes)Real Madrid

Forbes has released its latest world rankings of soccer team valuations. In the 12th edition of this annual ranking, Real Madrid tops the rankings for the third year in a row worth a staggering $3.26 billion.

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Gold Cup Analysis Part 2/2: Understanding and Predicting 2015 Attendance – (Business of Soccer)Concacaf Gold Cup

In the second of this two part series, Business of Soccer examines CONCACAF’s motives, preferences, and risk considerations when selecting host venues for its regional showpiece event.  Specifically, we evaluate whether attendance data and key drivers identified in our Historical Trend Analysis might be used to forecast attendance for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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NY Derby: NYCFC x DMA United: Art and Illustration – (Soccer Bible)David Villa

With NYCFC taking on the New York Red Bulls for this first time, creating the first New York Derby, Soccer Bible takes a look at NYCFC’s work with DMA United, the creative agency that club has worked with for their various projects.

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Soccer in Italy: A Buyers Market – (Business of Soccer)serie-a-logo

Soccer in Italy is broken – or so we’ve heard. Interestingly enough, using  basic investing principles, the same elements that have critics waving white flags for calcio in Italy –  the outdated operating models, the lack of star power – make Serie A not a lost cause, but instead, the perfect buying opportunity.

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UEFA’s CFCB Reach Settlement Agreements with 10 Clubs – (UEFA.com)UEFA Logo

The Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) investigatory chamber have announced that ten clubs, who had investigations opened about financial fair play (FFP) break-even regulation infractions, have all reached individual settlement agreements.

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Soccer Mom’s Head Injury Suit Against FIFA to be Tossed Out – (Bloomberg)FIFA

A US District Judge in California has expressed concerns about a lawsuit filed by a group of parents and players against FIFA and five U.S. organizing bodies in an effort to have heading the ball banned at ages under 14 years old as well as having medical personnel at games and practices among other conditions.

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Whole of Football Plan – (Football Federation of Australia)Football_Federation_Australia_logo.svg

Australia has put forward a 20 year plan for the sport down under with a vision to make soccer the country’s biggest and most popular sport. The plan involves participation and inclusion of every facet of the soccer community from referees, coaches, fans, players, administration, even down to facilities management.

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China’s New Investment Hype: Soccer Stocks – (Forbes)GR China

Shares in Chinese soccer related companies have more than doubled over the past year partially stemming from a 50 point roadmap intended to turn China into a global soccer powerhouse. Despite this, is the investment trend a positive one?

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FIFA Imposes New Passport Rule for World Cup Qualifiers – (Yahoo Sports)BOS_FIFA

FIFA is attempting to tighten rules surrounding player eligibility in World Cup Qualifiers. In 2014, eight African qualifiers were disqualified when it was discovered that seven different teams fielded inelgible players.

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