Television remains a challenge. In the US, MLS national broadcast rights are bundled with US national team home games, which will assume more importance as the North America-hosted 2026 World Cup looms. The present deal ends in 2022 and brings in $90m annually - a pittance compared with the billions the top European leagues collect from their domestic channels. This perpetuates the gulf in finances, and therefore in quality, between them and MLS. … [Read more...] about Foreign stars, $325m fees and an eye on Mexico: MLS approaches Season 25
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Goals are elusive: Ramos, a defender and their penalty taker, is second top scorer. Over the last two months, Karim Benzema has scored just twice, as has Lucas Vázquez. No one else has more than one in that time. Eden Hazard limped off during Saturday’s defeat at Levante. Previously out for 82 days, he lasted just two hours and 20 minutes. Scans showed a crack in his ankle which is likely to see him miss most of the season. This will already be the 21st game he misses – more than in his whole time at Chelsea. … [Read more...] about Invincible Zidane faces ‘hour of truth’ against his old friend Guardiola
Asked if he would walk out on Thursday if the club failed to bring in his desired players, Benítez replied: “We will wait until Thursday and see what happens. Hopefully we can get three points against Manchester City and then everybody will be happy. … [Read more...] about No guarantees over my Newcastle United future, says Rafael Benítez
Bit more keeper news to report: Huddersfield have their designs on Celtic veteran Craig Gordon, while at the other end of the experience scale, England under-19 international Curtis Anderson, who plied his youth trade at Manchester City, is training at Charlton and could be ready to sign a permanent deal after a spell with Charlotte Independence in the US. … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to offer Kepa plus £25m for Jan Oblak?
Even at $60.5m plus the cost of renting Soldier Field, it could prove value for money if the Fire successfully relaunch, improve on the field and expand their fanbase. New MLS arrivals must splash out $150m for an expansion fee in addition to sourcing anywhere from $200m-400m for a new stadium – all in order to entice crowds that will be perhaps half the size of Seattle or Atlanta, in a league where player salaries are rising and ticket sales remain a critical revenue source in the absence of Europe-style broadcast mega-deals. … [Read more...] about Why Chicago Fire plan to pay $60m to move back to an NFL stadium