Friday's soccer news has more good news for the cash cow that is the Premier League. The rights fees for China will add plenty of money to a circuit that already has plenty of money. The AP's Rob Harris reports that the Chinese rights went for $700m in a deal that starts in 2019 and runs through 2022. That means an increase from $21.6m a season to $233m. Like the deal in the United States, this covers all games on the Premier League schedule.
For the rest of Europe, this only adds to what they have to see as the Premier League problem. It's certainly nice when a Premier League club is over paying for a player. Not so much when it means less competition in the various domestic leagues. That we haven't already seen that happening might be more fluke than predictions of the future.
At some point, the stockpiling of talent in the one league that can afford to pay more will impact everybody else. That's the threat of the super league, after all. That the Premier League is doing it domestically is of real concern to everybody else. If we really are in a sports TV rights bubble, it's a concern for the Premier League as well.
SI.com's Brian Straus on what the Klinsmann saga means for US Soccer president Sunil Gulati. ESPN FC's Noah Davis explains how the frustration with Klinsmann has built for USMNT fans. The Washington Post's Simon Evans believes the USMNT should worry about advancing to the World Cup.
MLSsoccer.com has St Louis stepping up their play for an MLS expansion team. The Miami Herald's Douglas Hanks reports that David Beckham's group is still working to make a Miami MLS team a reality. The San Jose Earthquakes announced that their club president Dave Kaval will be doing the same job for Major League Baseball's Oakland A's. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports that Eaerthquakes investor/operator Lew Wolff is no longer the managing partner for the A's.
The NY Times' Rory Smith has a big Premier League game not top of the must watch list from Europe. BBC Sport's Simon Stone profiles Premier League club Southampton. Bundesliga Fanatic's Chris Brase wonders if Borussia Dortmund can challenge this season.
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