Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- England’s smaller Premier League teams met to come up with a plan to satisfy the six biggest soccer clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea, which are demanding a bigger share of the $1.34 billion a year in overseas broadcast rights.
- The New York Islanders and New York City Football Club each want to build a new arena at the site of Belmont racetrack, according to people familiar with the matter, pitting two of New York’s richest team owners against each other to build what might be the city’s last all-new venue for decades.
- Liverpool are objecting to a proposal by Sky Sports to switch their Premier League game at Arsenal to Christmas Eve, a plan that has been accused of showing “zero regard for supporters”.
- Attendance ribbing is a time-honoured staple of supporter culture, albeit one now threatened by practices imported from the American sports industry.
- Wins for Roma, Napoli and Juventus in the Champions League this week have seen Italy move above Germany in UEFA’s five-year rankings for the first time in seven years.
- Perugia’s North Korean forward Kwang Song Han was banned from appearing on Italian TV by his country, according to the Serie B club’s president Massimiliano Santopadre.
- Second-tier English soccer side Leeds United have announced a new partnership with CurrencyTranser.com.
- The global sports industry is ‘undergoing more disruption than ever’ as a result of ongoing shifts in media consumption, the emergence of new technologies and a rapidly evolving sponsorship market, according to the 2017 edition of PwC’s annual Sports Survey.