Soccer Business Bits: Copa Mundial, TV & More

propaneWorld Cup Qualifying continued around the globe on Tuesday and once again American soccer fans were treated to soccer matches from around the globe, on a variety of networks, in a variety of languages.  It is a great time to be a soccer fan in the United States, with club soccer and international soccer available almost nonstop.  There was actually some buzz surrounding the Egypt/Ghana match televised by beIN Sport.

Keeping with that theme, the Sports Business Journal is reporting that US based sports networks are starting the process of bidding on the rights to the Champions League starting in the 2015/2016 season.  According to SBJ “Several suitors are expected to make bids for rights to the European soccer league, including Fox Sports Media Group, which is the current rights holder, NBC Sports Group and ESPN. Sources suggest beIN Sport will look into making a bid, as well.”  SBJ is reporting that UEFA is seeking around $100 million per season for the rights despite the mid week/mid-day start times.

Our final business note goes back to the familiar topic of MLS expansion to Miami. Pro Soccer Talk is reporting some additional details about the roll of Steve Ross in the expansion effort.  According to PST, Ross’s roll will be limited to the provision of sports marketing services and a temporary stadium situation at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.  This quote sums up the thoughts on the possibility of a stadium: “Seriously, it would be a terrible place for soccer, the next ginormous and ill-fitting Gillette Stadium or Giants Stadium waiting to happen. Hasn’t MLS covered this booby-trapped ground before? Shouldn’t we be past it? Shouldn’t we adopt an official stance of “Fool me once … and can’t get fooled again?””

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