The League’s Cup caused the local leagues to essentially stop for almost a month, which meant that some teams were without competition activity for three weeks, which was evidence of a lack of organization and planning on the part of the organization – some clubs were forced to return to Hawaii. Stranded at bases, they added thousands of kilometers to transfers and even had to move their game dates forward—and in other cases, it led to injuries to some soccer players.
Mexico City, August 12 (however). – A few days after meeting the two finalists of league cup summer tournament that pits teams liga mx with those MLS’s It appears that there is a clear winner in both the sporting and economic spheres: soccer in the United States.
MLS has been the great winner of the Leagues Cup, a tournament that raised hopes not only in Mexico and the United States, but also among fans around the world after the official announcement of the signing of Lionel Messi by Inter Miami. In the end the balance is the clear dominance of the northern neighbor in the competition, placing six of the eight teams in the quarterfinals, confirming the growing dominance of American football over the national team. Added to this situation was MLS’s complete control over broadcast rights, which meant that most matches could only be viewed through the Apple TV platform, and the venue was reserved for all MLS teams.
Despite what was initially stated by Liga MX president Mikel Arriola, who said that the said tournament would generate economic and sporting benefits for all participating teams, the reality is very different. The League’s Cup caused the local leagues to essentially stop for almost a month, which meant that some teams were without competition activity for three weeks, which was evidence of a lack of organization and planning on the part of the organization – some clubs were forced to return to Hawaii. Stranded at bases, they added thousands of kilometers to transfers and even had to move their game dates forward—and in other cases, it led to injuries to some soccer players.
“Sports and economics both go hand in hand. It is clear that teams will get good amount, we are still looking at those issues. But we are very happy and I think this will be a turning point for the good of Mexican football,” Mikel Arriola said in an interview. in radio.
For this year’s edition, the League’s Cup bagged $40 million in prizes, which it will distribute among the 47 participating clubs. The tournament champion will only win $2 million.
All teams were guaranteed a minimum of $200,000, i.e. $100,000 paid per game, rising to $50,000 per win. However, League Cup prizes are far from reaching the figures for the Copa Libertadores, the continent’s most important club tournament. For this edition, CONMEBOL will donate $207 million, which is a 21 percent increase over the previous year.
In the group stage, each club will be guaranteed $400,000. This amount increases if a team wins the match, as they will receive $300,000 per win. The champion of the Copa Libertadores will take home an economic prize of $18 million.
Jesús Martínez, president of Grupo Pachuca, contradicted Mikel Arriola, saying that the League Cup represents an economic risk for Mexican teams and assured that playing matches in the Copa Libertadores brings more profit than playing in the United States.
“They are confusing people; First of all, this is not the business they say. It is better for me to return to the Libertadores; First, for sporting reasons, and second: we have to play 10 League Cup games for one Libertadores game. So, don’t confuse people, it’s not a business right now,” Martínez said in an interview for the Fútbol Picante program on the network. espn,
Grupo Pachuca’s president stressed that the tournament does not generate large income for Mexican clubs and needs improvements such as organization and logistics.
“We are convinced that this is a great commercial and sporting project, not in the economic question because it is a risk for us in terms of injuries to players, logistical situations. Things to learn from partner organizers of the Mexican League and MLS, such as better treatment of teams. It is a beginning and every beginning is difficult.
To Jesús Martínez’s complaints were added the president of Rayados de Monterrey, José Antonio Noriega, who questioned the arrangement of the tournament and the relocations that all Mexican teams had to make, which, he said, puts them at a disadvantage against the local Clubs that shouldn’t be leaving their cities.
“A lot of organization is needed, to be fair, I don’t want to talk too much but if we go on after Los Angeles I’m sure we’ll go to the other side of the country, it’s crazy. Especially this tournament.” In, it has been very uneven and not only against Monterrey, I am talking about all the Mexican teams that have suffered various failures, products of injustice. There is a lot to improve and I hope That they will do it”, confirmed Jose Antonio Noriega, president of Rayados.
However, not only has the tournament been criticized, MLS players and coaches have come to its defense, including Gerardo “Tata” Martino, an old acquaintance of the national soccer team and former technical director of the Mexican team.
The Argentine, who now leads Inter Miami, recalled that the tournament was organized jointly between MLS and Liga MX, so, he said, there should be no room for complaints as everyone understood the circumstances from the start. knew who
“Everybody likes business and then there’s protest (…) It was CONCACAF who organized the tournament with MLS and Liga MX, they saw how it was going to be and how much money they were going to make, And how was the business. Everyone likes business and then protests begin.
Martino indicated that if the club wanted to make a claim, it should be against the directors, the then-president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, Yon de Luisa, and the president of Liga MX, Mikel Arriola, who were all in charge of accepting the terms.
“Business was off, you liked the calendar, you agreed to play everything in the United States and you have to travel a lot, logistically, playing as a visitor. When you accept all this, you no longer have any room for claims (…) If each club wants to claim, it will have to do so with the President of the Mexican Federation, not the League Cup for the organisers. The Speaker was the one who accepted the terms”.
Boom for Messi
The fact is that Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami attracted the attention of thousands of fans around the world and brought it to the attention of the United States’ professional soccer leagues. The uproar generated by the Argentine star has been so great that it has begun to bear fruit in various areas, one of them being streaming services, specifically Apple TV.
The technology giant’s content platform, which has a 10-year broadcast deal with MLS, exceeded subscriber forecasts, largely due to Messi’s arrival in the United States.
“We are excited about our partnership with MLS and are delighted to see Messi fit in for Inter Miami. It’s obviously early days, but we’re continuing to exceed our expectations in terms of customers, and Macy’s move to Inter Miami helped us a bit, so we’re very excited,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The agreement, signed in February this year, allows Apple TV subscribers to enjoy all MLS season games live through any device for a price of $13 per month. With the advent of the Leagues Cup, the said agreement allowed subscribers to enjoy the games of this tournament.
In the case of Mexico, since the broadcasting rights are held by Apple TV, only a few matches were broadcast on open television. To be able to play all the games, it was necessary to subscribe to the MLS Season Pass, which, due to the League Cup celebration, was free for one month, but has a regular price of 149 pesos or 499 pesos per year.
But Messi’s economic influence isn’t limited to broadcast rights, with ticket prices rising by 500 percent to see an Inter Miami match. The best example of this situation was with the start of the League Cup, before the arrival of the Argentine star, the cost of watching Inter was 29 dollars (about 495 Mexican pesos), tickets for the game against Cruz Azul reached 850. Dollar (14 thousand 509 pesos).