Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Atlanta United announced today that Tata Martino has declined to extend his contract with the club beyond 2018 and will move on at the end of this season.
- The US top-flight, Major League Soccer (MLS), is poised to increase its teams’ kit sponsorship inventory by introducing shirt sleeve partners next season…
- Fifa is set to revisit plans for a Saudi-backed global club competition, with talks over the proposal set to take place at a council meeting of soccer’s world governing body in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday.
- English soccer outfit Tottenham Hotspur have increased the loan on their new stadium to UK£500 million as the club continues to count the cost of the new venue’s delayed construction.
- The Netherlands and Belgium are considering a merger of the Eredivisie and the Jupiler Pro League – the two nations’ top flight soccer leagues – into a single combined competition…
- Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt managed to upstage the first weekend of Australia’s A-League season without kicking a ball after his agent said he had been offered a professional contract by the Central Coast Mariners.
- The failure of a Chinese-owned sports rights company valued at more than $1 billion just two years ago has left major leagues owed millions of dollars in the biggest disruption to Europe’s sports industry in 16 years.
- Spanish soccer giants Barcelona are to hold back plans to make changes to their club badge following opposition from club members.
- Pay-TV giant Sky Italia has acquired rights in Italy to exclusive coverage of English soccer’s Premier League for another three seasons.