Soccer Business Bits: Big Day in Montreal, TV Ratings & More

Hard to believe the second week of league action is already here, but the weekend provides another round of home openers and thrilling story lines. None is bigger than the first ever home game for the MLS franchise in Montreal.  The Impact open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday afternoon with an anticipated […]

Soccer Business Bits: Becks Gets Richer, Montreal Moves Closer & More

Just a few quick hits from around the soccer business landscape.  We’ll start with David Beckham, who is nearing the end of his Galaxy contract while continuing to play at a high level. is reporting (via the Associated Press), that Becks “personal income” from sponsor ship deals rose 30% last year.  Revenue for the […]

The Monday After: Montreal Musings & More

On Wednesday, the Red Bulls visited Montreal for a friendly against the Impact.  Because I was in town last week, I took the opportunity to review coverage of the match and MLS surrounding the game.  French language television and newspapers provided a fair amount of air time and ink to the game.  Prior to the […]

Soccer Business Bits: MLS to the iPad, Hello Adrian & Montreal Stadium

Major League Soccer announced an update to its MLS MatchDay 2011 App which adds support for iPad.  According to the league press release, the update also adds new features such as live games and support for Apple’s AirPlay and iOS 4.3. “MLS MatchDay allows fans to follow the League and its 18 Clubs at home […]

Welcome to the Party Montreal

The big story in MLS is the arrival of Montreal as the league’s 19th franchise. Although the announcement is scheduled for Friday afternoon, multiple sources are reporting the news.   The Impact are scheduled to start play in 2012 and will join Toronto and Vancouver as Canadian franchises.  Long rumored, the move to Montreal immediately […]

Monday After

Lost in all of the transfer talk and Superdraft, was the announcement of the 2013 MLS Club award winners.  As readers know, the Footiebusiness Team PR Winner for 2013 was Sporting Kansas City (as voted on by you).  The league awards are not voted on by the media as our the more traditional awards, but […]

Tuesday After

Apologies for the technical difficulties yesterday.  Before we get to the attendance numbers, the big business story of the day involved the NY Daily News story that suggested that MLS is strongly considering a move to a European calendar as early as 2014.  Eventually, the league denied the story, but debates about the wisdom of […]

Monday After

LS The playoff races are definitely at DEFCON 1 in MLS right now and there were some sizable crowds befitting such a tight competition. Before we get to attendance, one business note.  Television ratings for NBC’s coverage of the NHL on NBSCN are off to a fantastic start this year.   It will be interesting […]

The New Breed Part II: Saputo Speaks

A few weeks back we wrote about the new breed of owners in Major League Soccer.  These included the owners in Portland, Columbus in Kansas City.  One owner we neglected to mention is Joey Saputo of the Montreal Impact.  In their second season in MLS, the Impact are in the thick of the playoff fight.  […]

Monday After

It was a big weekend of soccer in the United States with the National Team taking center stage in Baltimore.  The weekend match against El Salvador drew more than 70k (although the crowd leaned heavily towards the visitors), and the US Men did not disappoint with a 5-1 throttling of their quarterfinal opponent.  The game […]