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Interview with Brian Roberts, Academy Director of Performance, Advisory and Support services – Chicago Fire Soccer Academy

Interview with Brian Roberts, Academy Director of Performance, Advisory and Support services – Chicago Fire Soccer Academy

Question:  Can you briefly go over the development model utilized by the Chicago Fire FC Academy? Answer:  The vision of our academy is for the ‘academy players to be the soul of our club’.  In other words, we strive for our players, who have developed within the academy, to one day have an impact on the first team both as players AND as people. With this in mind, we created PASS (an acronym for Performance, Advisory and Support Service) to…

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A Decade in Comparison – Men and Women football: Apples or Pears

A Decade in Comparison – Men and Women football: Apples or Pears

By Mary Kok-Willemsen 2019 closed with a record beating fancrowd, media attention and commercial value at the Women World Cup in France.  No doubt lots of boys, girls, men and women, got somehow inspired by watching their favourite teams and players perform during the World Cup. But still it was not at the same level… as in men’s football.  In 2006, I started as a Manager at FC Twente in Holland by announcing the launching of the professional women football…

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Cross border Taxation – How Professional Athletes are taxed in the U.S.

Cross border Taxation – How Professional Athletes are taxed in the U.S.

Our guest blogger for November is Jonathan Miller, CPA (www.millerjcpa.com) and through an interview, he has given the Money Smart Athlete an overview and insights on how taxes work for athletes in the United States.  Jonathan is the co-founder and president of the Sports Financial Advisors Association in the United States and his CPA practice in Arizona has been advising a number of athletes for more than 30 years. MSA:  How are professional athletes taxed in the US for salary…

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Social Implications of Social Media Misuse in the Sports Industry

Social Implications of Social Media Misuse in the Sports Industry

By Dr  Antonis Alexopoulos, Ph.D. in Sport Sociology The relationship between Sports and Media is long-lasting, and symbiotic with mutual benefits on both sides. Arguably, the vast development and exposure of sports has been due to the role of traditional media, that serve as a vehicle to deliver sports ‘products’ to the consumer. In return sports, with the great social power of attracting the interest of consumers, have created revenue streams for the media outlets in the form of advertisements…

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Interview with Vladimiros Tziortzis, Formula 3 & 4 driver

Interview with Vladimiros Tziortzis, Formula 3 & 4 driver

1. Discuss the transition from amateur driving to professionalism. Describe in brief your weekly/monthly routine as a professional race driver, the challenges faced and the sacrifices required in your personal life and the life away from your home country. To begin with, from the age of 2-3, I remember my father taking me on rallies, in Cyprus. At the age of 5, he asked me if I wanted to go with him at a racing truck in Larnaca to watch a…

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Creating long term wealth for the money smart athlete

Creating long term wealth for the money smart athlete

By Beth Buckley Morgan– Family Business Wealth Wayne Gretzky said, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Being able to do this requires vision, an understanding of your sport and the ability to fast forward in the action to a future point in the game. Learning this skill is tremendously valuable in sports because you put yourself/your team in a better position to score and win….

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Is Top Athletic Performance a Prerequisite for a Strong Athletic Brand? The Colin Kaepernick Case

Is Top Athletic Performance a Prerequisite for a Strong Athletic Brand? The Colin Kaepernick Case

By Ioakim Thrasyvoulou, FCCA /Director at APC Image Rights Advisors Ltd – www.sportsimagerightsexpert.com The common perception is that athletic performance is directly linked with the brand strength of the athlete and top athletic performance is considered to be a necessary component of the athletic brand equity.  How true is this perception though?  In this article, I would like to go over the circumstances under which athletes may cultivate a strong brand even if they have not achieved top athletic performance,…

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Industry Trends in Professional esports 

Industry Trends in Professional esports 

By Irwin Kishner and Adam Unger The year 2019 has been a memorable one for the ever evolving global esports market.  For the first time global esports exceeded the billion-dollar revenue mark, with revenues expected to exceed $1.1 billion dollars.  You would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the crowd at a championship esports match and one at a FIFA World Cup Soccer match or even the Cameron Crazies at a Duke vs. University of North Carolina college…

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Interview with Lauryn Williams, a Four times Olympian

Interview with Lauryn Williams, a Four times Olympian

Question 1: Discuss the challenges faced as a career athlete and a student in this dual career role? I would say, the biggest challenge that you face as an athlete and a student, is time management.  Once you master that though, you become better equipped to deal with other aspects of your life once you are done competing.  Having already managed two different and equally important things simultaneously, studying and sports, makes athletes really good at being able to juggle…

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Sports Professionals- Why a budget matters when cost doesn’t

Sports Professionals- Why a budget matters when cost doesn’t

by Amobi Okugo Following a budget as a professional athlete is more difficult than it may seem. You get money from your salary, bonuses, appearances, per diem, etc and can spend money without accounting for what category it falls in. When it pertains to non essential expenses, staying in line with your budget and being smarter with where you spend your money will help you stay on top of your financial playbook. A budget is the process of making a spending…

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