More Soccer Business Bits:

Lots of smaller business stories worth noting from the last couple of days.  We’ll start with an announcement from MLS and Neulion to increase the league’s mobil device reach.  According to the press release, the league and Neulion announced the launch of MLS MatchDay Live on Panasonic Viera Connect TVs and Roku devices across North America.  Subscribers will be able to watch over 200 games live, as well as view on demand video such as previously broadcasted MLS games and highlights. MatchDay Live is available to fans as a subscription-based service in HD quality via PC, iPad, Roku box, Roku 2 box and Panasonic Viera TV.

Great article by John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal about NBC Sports’ efforts to compete with ESPN.  The essence of the piece is that NBC is counting on its high quality production and promotion with the NHL and MLS as a stepping stone to bigger sports properties.  This should be music to MLS fans’ ears.  If NBC believes that MLS is a ticket to greener pastures, the network has every motivation to devote significant resources to league.

One final business note.  George John’s transfer from FC Dallas to Blackburn is reportedly concluded with the former collegian becoming the lastest league product to parlay his time into MLS into bigger things.  Under league policy, FC Dallas will recive 2/3 of the transfer funds while the league will receive the rest.  FC Dallas can then use $650k of the transfer funds as allocation money to purchase new players and pay for more talent.

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