The Business of Soccer in 2014

orlandoI hope 2014 is off to a great start for everyone.  The coming year promises to be an exciting time for those interested in the business of the beautiful game.  In the next year we will see significant expansion news in Major League Soccer, the maturation of the relationships between the various domestics leagues and the growth of the newest iteration of Womens’ soccer in the United States.  There will also be negotiations of the next MLS television deal (or deals), the ongoing stadium construction in multiple cities and more efforts by the league to make itself relevant in its markets and in the media.

At the same time, 2014 is a World Cup year, so even non-soccer fans will be looking to Brazil to enjoy the spectacle and drama that is the World’s biggest sporting event.  TV ratings promise to be great, with prime time start times in the United States and ESPN’s last World Cup for at least 12 years.  Domestically, some of the players that capture our attention in Brazil may be destined to arrive in MLS mid-summer, adding extra juice to footie in the USA. In the lead-up to the tournament, there will be tune up matches around the country as the whole nations gets ready for the big event.

Thank you for your readership in 2013 and I hope we have another great year in 2014.  Never hesitate to drop a line with thoughts on the site, the content or potential stories.

Best wishes for 2014.