Soccer is the fastest growing sport in the world. In the U.S., Major League Soccer (MLS), is expanding teams across the country rapidly. With fees close to $200 million for MLS franchise fees, some cities have hiccuped and called into question the value of what soccer can really bring to their home towns. For the first wave of MLS teams, such concerns are laughable as owner profits and ancillary revenue to city businesses are exceeding all expectations.
Investing in soccer, for Americans, is still a somewhat novel idea. Devin Reinhardt and Jack Jasinski, two American players, predict this is all about to change. With player values exploding and publicly traded club teams such as Manchester United ([stock_quote symbol=”MANU” show=”symbol”]) entering into product distribution partnerships with firms such as Aladdin Group, the investment landscape for soccer as an asset class is getting very green. See Reinhardt and Jasinski’s Top 15 Player Picks Of All Time: