Manchester United have set their sights on the United States as a market that is ripe for new commercial deals to bring the club millions more dollars to pay off their debt.
Manchester United Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward said:
“The US market is under penetrated. It is a very big media market, the most developed sports market in the world.
“But we don’t want to deals that are quick and wrong, that tie us up and we regret afterwards.
“We believe there has been an inflection point from 2010-11 when interest levels in football have increased.
“In the last three years the number of people watching Manchester United has gone up by between 30 and 35 per cent each year. NBC reported peak viewership for our game against Chelsea last month was the biggest weekday afternoon audience since the Olympics.
“It is moving away from being a niche sport and into the territory of competing with some of the top sports in the country.”
What commercial deals can we expect to see in the coming years between United and US companies? Feel free to share your irreverent suggestions in the comments section below.
Here are today’s world soccer news headlines:
- Manchester United targeting lucrative US market for new revenue — The Mail
- Man Utd reports record financials and focuses on US as land of opportunity — Inside World Football
- Tottenham ready January bid for out-of-favour Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata — Metro
- Lee Cattermole in Sunderland squad for West Brom clash — Sunderland Echo
- Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo in contention for Newcastle United start — Hull Daily Mail
- Everton motto to return after fans condemn badge redesign — BBC Sport
- David Baddiel criticises David Cameron’s support of Spurs’ ‘Yid army’ chant — The Guardian
- Hull City’s Robert Koren out of Newcastle United Premier League match with fractured foot — Hull Daily Mail
- Martin Jol keen to land Rene Meulensteen as Fulham’s assistant manager — Daily Star
- UEFA to back 2022 date switch, but want consultation on alternatives — Inside World Football
- Sepp Blatter admits to political influences in Qatar World Cup 2022 bidding — 101GG
- Inter Milan fans banned after Juventus clashes in Derby d’Italia — ESPN FC
- Italy: 2013-14 Serie A Location-map, with 2012-13 attendance data — Billsportsmaps
- Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn refuses to give up on ground sharing Olympic Stadium with West Ham — Independent
- Harry Redknapp ready to dip into the loan market as striker Bobby Zamora is ruled out until Christmas — The Mirror
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