Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- The two FIFA ethics chiefs responsible for banning some of the sport’s most prominent figures following a corruption scandal face an uncertain future and may not have their mandates renewed.
- FC Rostov have been banned from hosting league games at the Olimp-2 Stadium due to poor pitch conditions, less than a week after Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho complained about the playing surface.
- The chairman of Scotland’s Rangers FC must make a takeover offer after acting “in concert” with three other businessmen to purchase shares in the company, according to a ruling on Monday.
- The bidding war that led to BT Group Plc’s record 1.18 billion-pound ($1.44 billion) deal to retain U.K. rights to soccer’s Champions League has put organizer UEFA in sight of a 28 percent sales increase over three years through 2021.
- This past weekend at SXSW in Austin, TX, MLS Commissioner Don Garber touched on everything from MLS expansion, to video-assisted refereeing, to the prospects of the U.S. hosting or co-hosting the 2026 World Cup.
- This is a crucial time of year for football clubs. Not only do season-defining matches come along on a weekly basis, but transfer strategies are being put in place that will influence summer buying and selling.
- The Latin American divisions of Fox Sports and Turner Broadcasting have teamed up to acquire the domestic TV rights to Argentina’s top soccer league, the Primera División.
- First National Bank has renewed its deal for the naming rights to Johannesburg’s Soccer City, the host venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup final.
- Malta-based online gaming company LVBet has expanded its partnership with Polish soccer side Wisla Krakow, becoming their front-of-shirt sponsor.