Soccer Business Bits: San Jose Stadium News, Wahl’s Rankings & More

San Jose city officials have approved a Planned Development permit for the construction of the proposed Earthquakes stadium.  However, neighbors have until January 3 to appeal the granting of the permit.  The team hopes to have the stadium complete by 2013.  If there is no appeal, the team will move to the next step in next month, however an appeal could delay the process by weeks or months.   A while back, the team held a ceremonial ground breaking at the start of the demo process.   Although the event included a fair amount of pomp and circumstance, the demolition does not guarantee construction.  Financing and ownership commitment still need to be confirmed before the job moves forward.  A rendering of the proposed stadium is here.

Sports Illustrated soccer writer Grant Wahl offers up this  “ambition ranking” ranking of the 19 MLS Clubs.  Wahl looks at a variety of factors including a number of business related items such as stadium construction, DP signings, front office social media use and more.  The list runs from the Galaxy at the top to the Revs at the bottom.  The rankings make for a good read and should lead to interesting debate among fans and aficionados of the business side of the game.

One final note.  Politicians in Sacremento are pushing for their town to receive a new Major League Soccer franchise.  While the interest is a positive from the league perspective, there is no indication that the interest comes teamed with an appropriate ownership group, stadium plan or financial backing.


4 Responses

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  2. The lack of vision, ambition and courage shown by the Quakes ownership is just annoying!
    The stadium will be built in U-shape, without premium seats and just for 18000k.
    The team has no DP’s, it doesn’t create any buzz on the Bay Area, it doesn’t play for a title.

  3. These things could change with a stadium, GI Joe and the Quakes made the conference finals and had a DP in 2010.


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