About the Author

Welcome to Footiebusiness.  My name is Ben Berger and I am an attorney practicing in Hartford, Connecticut.  My practice focuses on commercial litigation, construction law and intellectual property litigation.  I have also been fortunate to be a guest lecturer at Quinnipiac University School of Law on the subjects of the business and legal aspects of soccer and a media voter for MLS end of the season awards such as player and coach of the year.  I’ve also appeared on World Football Daily to discuss the business of soccer and can be found on Twitter @Footiebusiness.

I have long been fascinated by the business aspects of the game. While this site focuses on the U.S., we will certainly cover international stories of special interest.  Feel free to contact me with any questions, suggetions or criticisms about the site.  In addition to questions about the world of soccer, feel free to contact me with any questions about the law and legal matters.  Send me an e-mail to footiebusiness@gmail.com

30 Responses

  1. Ben,

    Congrats on a website that should have existed years ago. As someone who works in soccer(more about that later) there are a thousand stories every day about soccer that have major business impact all over the world. I have seen more than my share of screwy soccer issues and situations, some that I couldn’t repeat on the internet or repeat to anyone in person. I’ll just tell you that I’ve got a 37 year soccer background, and know more than my share of people in soccer both nationally and even internationally. If you pay close attention to worldwide soccer news you will have plenty to work on every day. Just to mention; I played GK for 16 years, have been a professional referee, college coach, high school and youth coach, and I still do private GK coaching. I also do a lot of event management at international matches, etc..

  2. Ken:

    Thanks for the kind words. If, in your current profession, you are involved with soccer events that you think make for appropriate content for the blog, I’d be happy to reach out. Thanks for connecting.

  3. Why would anyone watch soccer, much less pay attention to “the business side.”

    Far from being a beautiful game, it is a Chinese firedrill, a mess of incoherence, inconsistency, and incompetence, filled with continuous stalling, totally dead time, and the entire absence of coaching or management.

    In many countries, top teams horde all the talent, so top level players sit on the bench while opponents are forced to use unqualified third raters whom they can afford.

    The stands are filled with beer drunk slobs and hooligans, whose interest is stoked by having bet on the game at windows in the arenas. Or Town squares are filled with drunks watching jumbotrons, busily brawling and shouting racist comments at one another.

    Soccer is sick and pathetic, and that’s why nobody in this country cares or should care.

  4. Rod:

    That was outstanding. This is probably one of the most coherent and well written comments criticizing soccer I have ever read.

  5. Ben,

    Don’t let anyone bring you down – this site is fantastic and since I’ve found it, I will pass it along. I’ve been looking for a blog like this for ages and glad to see someone of a high stature, take up the mantle.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing more news concerning TV. I.e. how many folks watched the Philly v. Seattle opener, how many watched last night’s double header. If the history of soccer is anything to go by, TV dollars is where the real money and thus league expansion comes from.

    I think it’d be an intriguing weekly to compare the start of the season to mid season and the end of the season. Do the number jump during the World Cup, after? Who draws the most viewers? Etc.

    Keep up the good work!!

  6. Hi there.. Nice Content about Soccer.. I was wondering If You only write stuff about Big events such as World cup, Or Do you also write about EPL, UEFA and other leagues that take place every year.. ?

  7. Haha, the Way You critize Soccer is Absolutely Amazing.. Keep your good work up Champ..!

  8. every voice for the sport in America is a good voice. Nice work

  9. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your site.
    Well done

    Dave Johnson
    DC United TV and FSC

  10. Dave:

    Thank you for the kind words.

  11. Ben – I just discovered your great site. Keep it up! I’m sure it’s not easy, but there’s plenty, plenty of content out there to delve into. If you ever need any insight from a 10-year vet of the Fire and RSL front offices, let me know. Best of luck to you!

  12. Steve:

    Thanks for reaching out. I may certainly take you up on that offer!

    Thanks again

    Ben

  13. Ben,

    Greetings from Octagon Sports Marketing (Norwalk, CT). I am a big fan of your site. Cheers!

  14. Ben, I just discovered your website off of a link from Dan Fitzgerald’s website. This website looks great. Keep up the good work!

  15. Thanks Oscar and AJ.

    Appreciate the kind words.

  16. Great web site! I look forward to following it.

    Do you have an RSS feed, by chance? Couldn’t find a link.

  17. Ben,

    I’ve checked out your blog here and this stuff is great. I work for Vice TV (research) in Brooklyn, NY and would love to talk to you about some stuff for a project we’re doing for EA Sports and FIFA. If you’re interested in talking to me about this please email me at the address I provided. Looking forward to hearing from you. Keep up the great work. Cheers!

  18. Hi Ben,

    I wanted to give my MN friend, Dave, props for his MLS expansion diatribe. I am right there with him. Incidently, it’s only a matter of time before Minneapolis-Saint Paul becomes a MLS franchise!

  19. Really nice site and content is also good.

  20. Thanks Ben! My friend Dave Laidig and I have been in the process of garnering a support group for a MLS team in Minnesota. It’s been a struggle so far, but we carry on. Please feel free to check out http://www.mls4mn.com for our centralized communications site any time. Take care.

    P.S. Love your site! Great content and unique soccer insight…

    Kevin Flanders

  21. Ben…. Great new web site. Been reading your blogs for quite some time and appreciate your insight from the business side of the beautiful game!

    Keep up the wonderful writing!

    Dan – a fan in NYC

  22. Hi Ben,

    Has Wal-Mart been a sponsor for MLS? There was a promo for Wal-Mart – a full masthead in-game – tonight on the NBCSN telecast of LA-FCD around 33′. First time I recall seeing Wal-Mart. Figured if anyone knows it would be you.

    Keep up the good work,
    Jason

  23. Hi Ben

    Reading this from Australia …. I see many common issues we share in the development of Football into a market dominated by local sports… think you guys in many ways a long way in front …

    Will share this around some Aussie forums…

  24. Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and
    found that it is really informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  25. Ben-

    Enjoyed your interview with Handler. As a former GM of the Pele era Cosmos, I am happy to being introduced to your column. The passion for the game is still there! And I can root for NFL, MLB, thoroughbred racing too. People always want to compare one sport with another. There is room for all. Oh, I forgot golf when the good ones are playing. Best,

    Tom

  26. Thanks Ben, I just stumbled into your site. I’ve been a soccer referee in New York since 1984 and I love pretty much everything about our game. I also work in CT as well. All the best and please keep up the great work!

  27. Tom/Marc: Thanks for reaching out. I appreciate your reading. Please let me know what else I can over that you find interesting.

  28. Ben, I sent you an email at footiebusiness@gmail.com .

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