April 2, 2014 SOCCER BUSINESS
Riverhounds file Chapter 11, MLS gets an airline deal
Warning to lower division teams with aspirations of building their own stadiums and someday making the jump to Major League Soccer. It's not that easy.
March 24, 2014 SOCCER BUSINESS
EPL gets a boost from Olympics, Nike adds US Youth Soccer
Bolstered by lead-ins from the Sochi Olympics as well as heavy promotion within Winter Games coverage, live game telecasts of the Premier League on the networks of NBCUniversal posted the league’s best-ever monthly audience in the U.S. in February.
March 19, 2014 SOCCER BUSINESS
MISL preparing for (another) reboot
The ever-turbulent world of indoor soccer continued to churn with Monday’s announcement by the United Soccer Leagues that it plans to restructure the Major Indoor Soccer League, and that several of the league's existing teams would not return, putting the 2014-15 season in doubt.
March 3, 2014 SOCCER BUSINESS
Disney wants to grow MLS Spring Training presence
Walt Disney World might be the happiest place on earth, but the executives running the ESPN Wide World of Sports Facility will be a whole lot happier if they can continue to grow their Major League Soccer spring training presence.
February 18, 2014 SOCCER BUSINESS
NPSL's Vaqueros put new twist on sponsor search; LigaMX outdrawing EPL on TV
Like most soccer teams, the National Premier Soccer League's Fort Worth Vaqueros are looking for a shirt front sponsor. But, the team, which is owned by sports marketing agency PMI, is putting a new twist on how they are going to find that sponsor.
January 22, 2014 SOCCER BUSINESS
Pepsi builds a super team
Pepsi Cola has put together a global all-star team to promote its brand, a lineup that would be the envy of any free-spending European club—if it was a lineup that were to actually take the field.
January 19, 2014 SOCCER BUSINESS
Voit partners with NASL
Ever since soccer balls stopped being just black and white hexagons, one of the most iconic designs has been the red, white and blue stars design of the North American Soccer League. First implemented in 1974, the ball’s design had a rebirth with the re-launch of the league four years ago. Now Voit, perhaps better known for volleyballs and basketballs, hopes to capitalize on the design.
December 23, 2013 SOCCER BUSINESS
For Barca, Intel Inside
Barcelona has found another way to extract even more dollars out of lucrative shirt advertising--by getting a company to put their logo on the inside of the shirt. Computer chip maker Intel signed an agreement with the Spanish club that does just that.
December 11, 2013 RECORD NUMBERS
World Cup Draw telecast averages 489,000 viewers
BRISTOL, Conn---Last Friday’s Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN2 averaged 489,000 viewers and 353,000 households, based on a 0.3 U.S. household rating, making it the most-watched FIFA World Cup Draw on the ESPN networks, according to Nielsen Media.
November 27, 2013 MLS CLUB VALUES
Forbes says Revolution worth $89 million
The Seattle Sounders are Major League Soccer's most valuable franchise at $175 million, according to Forbes Magazine.
August 21, 2013 CHANGING LANDSCAPE
Soccer on TV reaches new heights
If you are a soccer fan, it's hard to imagine that you would not know that NBC has made a major commitment to carrying English Premier League games across all of its platforms.
August 20, 2013 BIG NUMBERS
EPL games seen by 3.4 million viewers
STAMFORD, Conn. –NBC Sports Group posted record-setting numbers this past weekend as it kicked off exclusive coverage of the Premier League on NBC, NBCSN, mun2, the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package and the NBC Sports Live Extra live streaming product.
August 9, 2013 SOCCER BUSINESS
EA SPORTS inks new deals with Barca, Liverpool
Electronic Arts Inc. has signed new deals with F.C. Barcelona and Liverpool. The new three-year agreements make EA SPORTS the Exclusive and Official Video Game Partner of both clubs.
July 30, 2013 PARTING WITH THE CREW
Hunt Sports Group sells original MLS franchise
After years of trying to find a local investor, the Hunt Sports Group has sold operating rights to the Columbus Crew to Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC, a San Francisco-based subsidiary of a venture management fund.
June 28, 2013 SOCCER BUSINESS
Chelsea signs rich shirt deal
Chelsea has moved to the top of the English Premier League. Not by winning the championship, but with its new shirt deal with adidas, a ten-year contract worth about $460 million (£300 million).
June 13, 2013 BIG RATING
USA vs. Panama: ESPN’s second highest qualilfier audience
Tuesday night’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying contest between the United States and Panama delivered ESPN’ssecond most-watched and second highest-rated FIFA World Cup qualifying or international friendly match telecast.
May 21, 2013 SOCCER BUSINESS
ManCity, Yankees, MLS create synergies
In bringing together the New York Yankees and Manchester City as the owners of its 20th franchise and the second in the New York market, Major League Soccer has added two of the most powerful brands in global sports to its own already growing brand.
April 23, 2013 SOCCER BUSINESS
The Force is with MLS on Stars Wars promotion
There might be some strangely dressed people walking around MLS stadiums on May 4. Three teams -- the Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy -- are doing special Star Wars-themed promotions.
April 16, 2013 BIG COMMITMENT
NBC's EPL coverage to include all games
After acquiring the rights to the English Premier League starting next season for a reported $250 million, NBC Sports Group has made a major commitment to airing the games from England's top flight.
March 27, 2013 MOST WATCHED
USA-Mexico sets qualifying record for ESPN
BRISTOL, Conn.---Tuesday night’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Mexico and the United States – a hard-fought 0-0 tie at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City – was seen by an average 2.385 million viewers and 1.644 million households based on a 1.4 U.S. household rating (1.7 coverage rating).