Soccer Business Bits: Transfer Window Opens, KC Soccer & More

soccer statsWhen I started this site back in 2009, I had expected the site to devote a significant amount of ink to the transfer market and the finances involved in buying and selling players.  Over time the focus has shifted to marketing, promotions, broadcast and other business issues facing soccer in the United States.  However, as the July transfer window opens, it bears noting that the Summer window is often filled with a couple of big name, big number signings which can have a significant impact on MLS.  Whether its Diego Forlan or some other international star, July is the time for MLS dreams.

According to the Kansas City version of Biz journals, the ownership of Sporting Kansas City is continuing its aggressive effort to promote the sport in the Kansas City area.  According to the article from Austin Alonzo, “Construction crews are working quickly to complete the first phase of the $13.4 million expansion of the Swope Park soccer complex before the end of October. To speed construction, the city granted Soccer Village Properties LLC the ability to “sole source” its contracts for legal services, design and construction work. The allows the Sporting Club subsidiary to hire contractors without going through Kansas City’s normal bidding process.”

Finally, a heart warming story from San Antonio’s NASL franchise.  The article comes courtesy of the Sports Business Journal and the team is the San Antonio Scorpions. The team is building a stadium, in part, because of special inspiration from the team owner’s daughter.  Looking at the business aspects of the project, according to the team’s website talking about the facility, “Toyota support for the Scorpions will be visible in multiple communications initiatives for the team. Capable of expansion in stages to 18,000 seats.”