Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Trevor Noah, the South African host of a popular U.S. TV show, sparred with the French ambassador in Washington after the comedian joked that Africa, not France, won the soccer World Cup.
- Would Major League Soccer consider a team in Motown? That is the hope of Detroit Lions executives, and according to team president Rod Wood, the NFL franchise is considering a retractable roof for Ford Field to accommodate MLS.
- Russia’s gross domestic product grew 1.1 percent in year-on-year terms in June after expanding 2.2 percent in May, the Economy Ministry said on Thursday.
- The publicity blitz around Usain Bolt’s proposed trial at the Central Coast Mariners could cost the A-League club the opportunity to cash in on the Jamaican sprint star’s switch to football.
- EFL Championship team, Millwall Football Club, has partnered with stadium technology specialists, ADI, to install a new high resolution LED display at The Den.
- Research on the impact of British organisations and brands across the world has found that the Premier League draws people to feel positively about the UK more than any other.
- A proposal to build a soccer stadium for Miami’s MLS expansion team and an adjacent commercial complex will go to a public vote this November after approval from the Miami City Commission by a 3-2 decision on Wednesday, the Miami Herald reports.
- Italian top-flight outfit Napoli have become the first soccer club in the world to launch their own store on Amazon.
- JUGOtv, a US Spanish-language digital media network, has signed a deal to become a content provider for the International Champions Cup (ICC) preseason soccer tournament.