Category Archives: Soccer Business

COVID-19 and the Future of Football

By now, most people understand that we are in the midst of a global pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in many years. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the highly infectious virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that many people are now becoming familiar with. While I… Read More »

A Collection of Commercials

Advertising has always played a big role in the financial aspect of football, read: The Money, and we constantly see brand names: either lining historic, sacred stadium walls or plastered on the front of our beloved teams’ jerseys. Generally, the branding and marketing arms of football are looked at through a pessimistic lens. However, there… Read More »

Comprando un equipo

Cada país que tiene una liga de fútbol tuvo una transición de fútbol no profesional a fútbol profesional. Personas quieren poder jugar fútbol como su trabajo y eso requiere un sueldo. ¿Pero de dónde viene el dinero para financiar los clubes profesionales de fútbol? Después de ver la película The Two Escobars y aprender de… Read More »

Farewell, Tinkerman: Looking back at the Claudio Ranieri sacking one year later

Last Spring, I wrote a research paper for Professor Ed Tiryakian’s Business of Sport class here at Duke that focused on the source and implications of rampant managerial turnover in the English Premier League. I had become passionate about the topic after Leicester’s February 2017 sacking of prolific Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, who had defied all… Read More »

It’s Only Business: FIFA Turning a Blind Eye to Chinese State Interference

Earlier this month, FIFA met with officials from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Spanish government to address allegations of state interference in the affairs of the country’s soccer administration. The issue surfaced last year, when the Spanish Sports Council’s (CSD) insisted that new elections be called for the presidency of the RFEF following… Read More »

The Fight for Equal Pay, More Important Now than Ever Before

On March 30th, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, filed a federal complaint by means of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. As a result of the collective bargaining agreement long ago negotiated between members of the U.S. women’s national team and U.S. Soccer, they… Read More »