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Devil in the Details

Interview with Austin Biz Journal. MLS Stadium Deals Does the $400 million ‘community benefit’ impact over the club’s first 25 years seem plausible given other MLS stadium impacts? What supplemental information from the team/MLS would be needed to determine an economic impact? This is impossible to tell without seeing the numbers. Impact studies usually if…

Posted by on March 5, 2018 in Major League Soccer


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Pyramid Scheme

Interview with ESPN FC.  What’s the optimal size of the league for the number of teams? In terms of supply and demand and market support, should it keep expanding? This is a trick question, because there are two different league expansion optima. The first is based on the league size that would maximize internal total…

Posted by on September 11, 2017 in Major League Soccer


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Equal Pay

Interview with 60 minutes. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on USWNT’s case with the EEOC. What are the strongest arguments for USSF? How could a decision affect other industries and situations? What’s at stake? As devil’s advocate for US Soccer in the pending EEOC case the equal-pay-for-equal-work defense should probably follow a strategy of…

Posted by on October 20, 2016 in Major League Soccer


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Stop Moaning about Pay

Interview with Daily Beast. Pay Distribution in Tennis. The story is pegged to Djokovic responding to indelicate comments made by Indian Wells Tennis Garden CEO Raymond Moore about the WTA riding “on the coattails of men.” Djokovic then argued, more articulately, that men should be paid more than women because stats show they have more…

Posted by on July 10, 2015 in Major League Soccer


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World Cup Fever

Interview with Financial Times. Just wanted to ask you whether growth in interest in the World Cup and men’s national team (plus, the addition of new foreign stars to the MLS) was a breakthrough for soccer in the US. Unfortunately US interest in the men’s national team peaks with the onset of the World Cup…

Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Major League Soccer


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World Cup Kool-Aid

Interview with Florida Trend.  Everyone’s talking about the World Cup and that now is professional soccer’s moment to rise to the top tier of spectator sport in the U.S. Do you agree or are we all drinking the Kool-aid? I think you’ve spoken in the past about the World Cup giving a boost for a…

Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Major League Soccer


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Continental Drift

Interview with CNBC.  How does a league decide how many teams it should have? Is the MLS being smart with a jump from 19 teams now, to a planned 24 by 2020? After a critical mass is formed usually in multiples of 8, a sports league will expand as long as the marginal (extra) benefits…

Posted by on August 8, 2014 in Major League Soccer


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