Soccer Business Bits: Miami Story, MLSE & More

becks2We have been writing about Major League Soccer’s expansion to Miami for the last few days, but Wednesday is the big day, with the official announcement set from the Sunshine State at 10:00. will stream the presser, which will undoubtedly include David Beckham grinning from the podium.  Whether Becks can draw fans to soccer in Miami remains to be seen, but brand Beckham is a central component to the potential success of the franchise.  Beckham has rarely put a wrong step forward in managing his career, but this is a big jump for him and his reputation.  We will have more tomorrow.

The Sports Business Daily reported that TFC is 500 seats shy of selling out its season ticket inventory for 2014.  The team has had a 95% renew rate while selling an additional 2700 seats for the upcoming season.  The team is capping its season ticket sales for 2014 at 17,000.  The big signings have had a big impact on tickets.  The team has claimed that it is putting performance ahead of profit with the rash of big ticket players.

Finally, NYCFC offered fans a unique opportunity to design their own team badges.  Per the official website, the designs “will become a pixel of the official New York City FC team badge mosaic to be revealed in March of this year. This resulting “badge of badges” mosaic will become a lasting tribute to the founding fans of New York City’s newest sports team who were with them from the very beginning. The final Club badge mosaic will allow fans to zoom in to find their own design permanently displayed within the shield. A physical manifestation of the mosaic will also be on display in the Club’s permanent facilities.”