Soccer Business Bits: MLS Salaries Released, Fox Goes Wall to Wall & More

The Major League Soccer Players’ Union has released the latest batch of player salary numbers.  The numbers are offered both by team and player and show the wide range of salaries in the league.  This latest release is most interesting because it reveals the wages of some of the league’s most recent signings.  Revs “DP” Milton Caraglio is earning just $45k per season while newest Galaxy DP Robbie Keane is earning $3.4 million.  Vancouver’s disappointing DP is earning more than $400k while Adu is making almost $600k. Toronto’s newest DP signings are earning a combined $2.5 million.  The numbers are always illustrative and revealing.  Fans of the business side of the game can easily get lost in the numbers for a while trying to find the biggest busts and bargains in the league.

The Fox family of networks is aggressively pushing its Champions League broadcasts this year with wall to wall  coverage of all of the matches.  Games will be available both on television and online with the most prominent games broadcast live while the rest of the matches will be shown on delay.  The matches will be available for rebroadcast on demand over the internet.

Finally, we recommend this article from The Sporting News about MLS Expansion.  TSN was long a bastion of old world sports media that paid little attention to soccer.  However, with the recent retention of Brian Strauss, TSN has now really upped its coverage of the sport.