Football Americas

IMG adds MLS and US national teams to its TV sales catalogue

TV camerasBy Paul Nicholson
October 23 - IMG has signed an eight year TV and media representation deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) and the national federation, U.S. Soccer, to sell rights outside the US and Canada, The agreement, starts in 2015 and runs through to 2022.

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CONCACAF ups the stakes in war on match-fixing with 'criminalising' initiative

FEAT-ElSalvador-October2014MatchManipulation 1By Paul Nicholson
October 17 – The fight against match-fixing took the next, and ground breaking, steps in El Salvador this week with meetings to discuss a roadmap that will make match manipulation a crime under the country's laws. The talks in El Salvador are intended to become a blueprint for discussion with government and agencies region-wide.

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Heineken quenches its US soccer thirst with MLS deal, and looks for more

HeinekenBy Ben Nicholson
October 16 – Heineken has become the official beer sponsor of the MLS. The five-year deal is values at approximately $50 million, which includes media and marketing commitments. More than $3 million will be paid annually for rights to the MLS.

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Sacramento's richest back the Californian capital's MLS bid

Sacramento RepublicBy Ben Nicholson
October 14 – Just a fortnight after Sacramento Republic FC won the USL Pro Championship, the second tier of US professional football, the club has added an impressive list of local investors to its shareholder roster. The capital of California is chasing the final MLS expansion spot and the new stakeholders boost the club's financial credentials in terms of local support for their venture.

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Philadelphia venue for landmark women's football seminars

womens footballOctober 10 – CONCACAF has announced it will host a two-day women's football seminar October 25-26, in Philadelphia, coinciding with the semi-finals and final of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

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Red Bulls tax row gets wings as it heads for Supreme Court

Red BullsBy Ben Nicholson
October 10 - The New York Red Bulls have been granted a hearing with the Supreme Court of New Jersey to settle its tax dispute with the Town of Harrison. The club is seeking reimbursement for tax paid on its Red Bull Arena, claiming exemption is statutorily permitted.

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Webb demands more on racism and bangs the drum for more World Cup slots

jeffrey-webbBy Andrew Warshaw
October 8 - FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, world football's most influential powerbroker in the global bid to stamp out racism, has issued another hard-hitting indictment of progress - or lack of it - and says a major challenge lies ahead to make sure the 2018 World Cup in Russia is void of discrimination.

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Leiweke questions whether English PL invasion is in US national interest

Tim LeiwekeBy Andrew Warshaw
October 8 - One of North America's leading sports industry executives has questioned the wisdom of European clubs playing lucrative fixtures in the United States, whether pre-season or, as is now being suggested once again, competitive Premier League games.

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More rumour than reality as club sale hype excites the MLS market

MLSOctober 5 – MLS franchises continue to create heat and rumour with Red Bulls saying that any offer of $300 million for the franchise would be agreed and completed within 48 hours, while news of Chivas USA's sale expected in the next couple of weeks has thrown up controversial Cardiff City owner, Vincent Tan,, as a potential buyer.

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