Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- The U.S. Soccer Federation has appointed three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Earnie Stewart to be the new General Manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team.
- Amazon.com has won rights to show English Premier League soccer matches for the first time, granting members of its Prime Video service access to 20 matches per season.
- German soccer fans will spend more on World Cup memorabilia, including Adidas replica shirts, than during the 2014 tournament, although official FIFA sponsorship is losing its impact, a survey published on Wednesday said.
- The big five European leagues enjoyed record revenues in the 2016-17 season as a result of new broadcasting arrangements, according to data released on Thursday by Deloitte.
- Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid this summer and his decision is “irreversible,” according to reports in Portugal.
- The Australian Government is steering clear of the World Cup, deciding against sending an official delegation to the tournament hosted in Russia.
- Supponer, the virtual replacement specialists, whose technology integrates with perimeter LED displays, have recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to help drive their next wave of development.
- Premier League clubs have agreed a new formula for sharing any future increase in international broadcast revenue from season 2019/20 onwards. From 2019/20, increases in international revenue to be distributed based on where clubs finish in the League.