Soccer Business Bits: Shea Away, Dynamo Deal & More

fc dallasAfter a long period of uncertainty, the transfer of American International Brek Shea from FC Dallas to Stoke was completed on Thursday.  After some fits and starts, MLS agreed on the terms of the transfer, Shea came to personal terms and a work permit was granted.  When big transfers are completed, MLS fans often wonder about the financial implications of the transfer for their team.  BigD Soccer does an excellent job breaking down some of the arcane rules that dictate allocation money in such situations.  Under their analysis, FC Dallas will receive the maximum allocation of $650,000.  When added to the approximately $350,000 saved from Shea’s salary, FC Dallas will have substantial assets to spend on talent over the next 18 months.

In Houston, the Dynamo have signed a three year deal with Comcast SportsNet Houston, to televise 15-20 games per season on the RSN.  The deal also includes pre and post game shows and a weekly 30 minute magazine about the team.  The channel is not carried by Time Warner, the satellite networks and U-verse.  As a result, on 40% of area households will have access to the games. The team offers a FAQ section for fans curious about the new deal.

Sporting Kansas City has announced a five year deal with local brewery, Boulevard Beer. The deal extends what was previously an informal relationship with the company.  Per the official release, “The brewery will serve as title sponsor of the Boulevard Members’ Club, enjoyed by fans before, during and after games at Sporting Park….Boulevard will also implement a variety of programs and initiatives throughout the city in support of the new alliance. Central States is also the brewery’s partner in the new agreement.”