Soccer Business Bits: Bids Submitted, Vancouver Strike & More

Earlier this week we wrote about the bid submission process for television rights to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup.  Those bids were submitted today in a closed door meeting.  English and Spanish language rights are both in play.  An announcement on the winner could come as early as Friday.  As we said a couple of days back,the stakes are especially high since both ESPN and NBC have rights to MLS through 2014.  Will the losing network in Switzerland have lessened motivation to promote the domestic league? Will a loss to NBC deprive MLS of the wall to wall coverage only ESPN can offer its properties?

The opening of BC Place was supposed to be a banner moment for Major League Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps.  However, just a few weeks after the grand opening of the new soccer facility, the Whitecaps’ last game of the season is in doubt because of a potential strike by workers at the facility.   The union issued a 72 hour strike notice which would enable them to strike in advance of the team’s final match of 2011. However, a deal could still be reached or the union may elect to not strike on the day of the game. For more on the story, check out this story in the Vancouver Sun.

Finally, the league has formalized plans for the Montreal Impact’s expansion draft at the end of November.  Teams must submit their protected list of 11 players by November 21.  Two days later, the Impact will have the opportunity to select 10 players for their 2012 rosters.  Non graduated Generation adidas players need not be protected, and there is no obligation to protect Designated Players.  For more, click here.