Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Facebook signed a deal with Major League Soccer and Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc. that gives it exclusive, English-language rights to stream at least 22 regular-season soccer games in the U.S.
- FIFA told the Argentine FA (AFA) this month that it risked a ban if it did not accept South American soccer’s governing body CONMEBOL as arbiter in vetting candidates for a March 29 presidential election.
- The United States would have to grant entry to players, officials and fans from any country that qualified if it won the right to host the 2026 World Cup finals, soccer body FIFA said on Thursday.
- The Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko has been barred from standing for re-election for a place on the Fifa council.
- Concacaf, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has announced Post Consumer Brands as a sponsor of the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup.
- IMG has renewed its agreement with the German Football League (DFL) to distribute the inflight and inship media rights for the Bundesliga.
- Premier League soccer side Liverpool have announced a partnership with Halewood Wines and Spirits, maker of brands Liverpool Gin and Liverpool Vodka.
- Fulfil, a manufacturer of protein and vitamin bars, has been named as the official snack of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), the Republic of Ireland’s governing body for soccer.
- Multiple sources say that the LA Galaxy have recently extended an offer to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one that would bring him to the club this summer and pay him what would easily be the highest salary in MLS history.