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Major League Soccer franchise Chicago Fire has recently been taken over by businessman Joe Mansueto. Bob Williams talks to him about his plans for the future of the club.

Darren Eales was among the 10 executives whose work in 2018 we believe indicates the direction of the sports business in 2019 and beyond.

Welcome to the first edition of SportBusiness Group’s US Digest, rounding up the big news and developments coming out of the world’s biggest sports market

In this week's US sports industry round-up: FIFA World Cup ratings recovering from rough start | Rhode Island legalizes sports gaming | NASCAR looking at changing sponsorship model 

It’s like trying to drink out of a fire hose,” says Jeff Berding, FC Cincinnati president and general manager, of his quest to transform the club into a Major League Soccer franchise for the 2019 season. 

After a five-year, rollercoaster effort, Sacramento Republic FC has finally been formally confirmed as Major League Soccer's 29th expansion team

Major League Soccer's esports property eMLS is gaining three new teams for 2020: LAFC, Nashville SC and Austin FC, bringing the total number of entrants to 25

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finished the 2019 season with the top-selling player jersey in Major League Soccer for the second consecutive year

Major League Soccer will formally award Sacramento an expansion team on Monday, October 21, according to the Sacramento Bee

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Welcome to SportBusiness Group’s US Digest, rounding up the news and developments coming out of the world’s biggest sports market Telemundo takes lead against Fox for World Cup viewers As

In this week's US sports industry round-up: United bid wins 2026 World Cup vote by landslide; NBCSN to simulcast Telemundo Russia 2018 matches; and New Jersey sports betting bill is given the green light.

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Delaware ushers in new sports betting era; United 2026 bid outscores 'high risk' Morocco; and the New York Yankees win scheduling battle with ESPN.

In this week's US sports industry round-up: NBA Finals tickets are cheapest in four years; FC Cincinnati to join MLS in 2019; and Twin Cities 'netted $370m from Super Bowl'

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Tepper wins race to take over Carolina Panthers; Supreme Court rules in favour of sports betting; and NBA play-off ratings continue to soar.

In this week's US sports industry round-up: MLB aims to establish long-term relationship with London; United 2026 offers financial and diplomatic assurances; and Manning considers joining Panthers ownership group 

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Khan wants Wembley Stadium to host Super Bowl; NFL Draft draws record TV ratings; and Trump interference threatens USA-led World Cup bid

SportBusiness International spoke to Real Salt Lake's Trey Fitz-Gerald and KSL's Tanya Vea about an innovative partnership that has led to the MLS team's matches being live-streamed without them being shown on network TV.

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Fox to cover World Cup mainly from LA studio; United 2026 appears to benefit from Morocco malaise; and NBA 'one-and-done' rule is on the way out

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Philadelphia 76ers rise to third in NBA merchandise sales; G League players get long-overdue pay rises; and advertisers told to expect stronger Thursday Night Football 

In this week's US sports industry round-up: ESPN Plus adds boxing and soccer content; race to buy Carolina Panthers enters final stretch; and Fifa inspects North American World Cup bid

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Anheuser-Busch launches incentive-based sponsorship program; ESPN+ to launch on April 12; and Concacaf president paid more than Uefa and Fifa counterparts

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Turner Sports joins crowded, competitive OTT arena; NBA to offer fans fourth-quarter live streaming; and MetLife Stadium proposed for 2026 World Cup final

In this week's US sports industry round-up: New pro football league gets headstart on XFL; NFL Draft to have unprecedented TV coverage; and MLB to expand international push with London series

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Seattle NHL bid gains $100m and another Leiweke; MLB takes big swing with exclusive Facebook deal; and New York Cosmos count the cost of NASL demise

In this week's US sports industry round-up: LA Clippers find match in Bumble; Seattle sends strong message to NHL; and Pitaro replaces Skipper as ESPN president

In this week's US sports industry round-up: North American 2026 World Cup bid in danger; SeatGeek just the ticket for Dallas Cowboys; and Pizza Hut grabs slice of the NFL pie

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Fox announces impressive World Cup schedule; Front-runner emerges in race to take over Carolina Panthers; and ratings down in NBA All-Star Game

In this week's US sports industry round-up: ESPN Plus kicks off with MLS deal; YouTube TV adds subscription sports channels; and LA to cash in on NBA All-Star Game