Major League Soccer (MLS)

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Social media expert and MLS alumnus Richard Clarke provides David Beckham with a checklist of five things to make his Miami venture a success.

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Atlanta stadium bucks concession pricing trend; Fox buys Thursday Night Football rights; and Solo files complaint against US Soccer

In this week's US sports industry round-up: NBA wants legalized sports gambling; Fox favourites for Thursday Night Football; and all still to play for in US Soccer presidential race

SportBusiness International reviews the slate of candidates in the hotly-contested race to succeed Sunil Gulati as US Soccer Federation president.

With the entry of Los Angeles FC and Nashville imminent, two new cities to be announced in spring, and two more by the end of 2018, Major League Soccer is in growth mode. Bob Williams investigates what makes a host city work for the league, and how LA FC and Nashville will seek to harness the culture of their respective homes.

Events – the USA's World Cup qualification debacle, the football federation's presidential election and two lower-league clubs bringing a case against Fifa to CAS – have conspired to put promotion and relegation back on the MLS agenda. Frank Dunne reports.  

Carter Ladd, Major League Soccer VP of business development speaks to Ollie Silverton, the GMR/SportBusiness Group Ultimate Sports and Entertainment Apprentice, about football's growth in the US.

I’ve been working on a football chant based on the fact that the club I support has a better wages-as-a-proportion-of-turnover ratio to that of all of our main rivals. It’s not quite there yet, so I can’t unveil it, but if it catches on there will be more to follow. Themes include match-day income, global media-rights revenue, and profit before player trading and amortisation in the most recent accounting period.

Here are two sobering thoughts for football federation officials and sports marketing executives around the world. 

Frank Dunne asks Riccardo Silva, sports media rights entrepreneur and co-founder of new NASL (North American Soccer League) franchise Miami FC, about his fight to take on Brand Beckham.

CSM Sport & Entertainment is looking to invest in Major League Soccer (MLS) franchises through its newly-launched CSM Soccer subsidiary. Kevin Roberts spoke to the brains behind the operation.

Rory Squires finds out how, and why, Orlando City plans to create a vibrant atmosphere with a safe-standing section in its new stadium from 2016.

With costs spiralling to unprecedented heights and funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, Elisha Chauhan looks at how sports properties can maximise their ability of raising capital for stadium developments.

Kevin Roberts: More than ever, success relies on authenticity

Frank Dunne, editor of TV Sports Markets, looks at why Major League Soccer (MLS) has joined with IMG Media to claim its stake in the global football media market.

MLS (Major League Soccer) is undergoing an image makeover in an attempt to unite their fast-growing competition.  

Don Garber, MLS (Major League Soccer) Commissioner, spoke to Owen Evans about David Beckham, battling cancer and his plans to push soccer onto the top table of sport in the United States.

Majority owner of new Major League Soccer (MLS) Orlando expansion franchise Orlando City Soccer Club, Brazilian entrepreneur Flavio Augusto da Silva, spoke exclusively to SportBusiness International this month about his plans for the team.

Customer relationship management (CRM) has gone from being an embarrassment to a significant opportunity in sport as these three case studies - Cricket, Bowling and Major League Soccer - show very clearly.