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).
March 14, 2013 NO LONGER FOR SALE
AEG off the market, Tim Leiweke leaving
Anschutz Entertainment Group, parent company of the Los Angeles Galaxy, is no longer for sale, and Tim Leiweke is out as the company's Chief Executive.
March 6, 2013 SOCCER BUSINESS
ESPN inks new deal with Liga MX
ESPN has reached a multimedia rights extension with Azteca América to air Liga MX and Copa MX matches in the United States through 2015.
March 4, 2013 NEW NAME
Home Depot Center to become StubHub Center
The Home Depot Center is getting a new name. Ticket marketer StubHub will become the new naming rights partner of the 125-acre multi-sport facility starting in June. The home of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA will be the ‘StubHub Center’, making it the first ever naming rights partnership for a ticketing company.
February 25, 2013 SOCCER BUSINESS
Brazilian boost for Orlando City, Sounders FC adds MatchPass benefit
Orlando City SC might have taken a big step toward getting a Major League Soccer expansion franchise last week, with the announcement that Brazilian businessman Flávio Augusto da Silva has made a major investment in the club.
February 13, 2013 SOCCER BUSINESS
MLS wants to sell you more jerseys
Major League Soccer wants to sell you more replica jerseys, and is rolling out an annual program aimed at doing just that.
February 11, 2013 EXPANDED AGREEMENT
FOX Soccer will carry more CONCACAF events
MIAMI - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced an expanded agreement with FOX Soccer that will add five more CONCACAF competitions to the broadcaster’s lineup in the United States.
February 4, 2013 SOCCER BUSINESS
Recycling the shirt in Houston
The Houston Dynamo are going through a bit of a recycling process with their jersey. The team and Greenstar Recycling have reached an agreement to end the sponsorship in the wake of the company's sale to Waste Management, Inc.
January 30, 2013 BROADCAST DEAL
ESPN to carry Mexico games in English
BRISTOL, Conn---ESPN has worked out an arrangement with Univision to carry Mexican National Team games in English.