MIP 1 – Session 7

The seventh and last session of the UEFA MIP programme entitled the North American leagues and clubs, took place in New York, from 27 February to 3 March 2017. The session was directed by Francesc Solanellas, Professor of sport management at INEFC and Didier Primault, General Manager, CDES.
The main objectives of this week were: to complement the European perspective with a very different but still prosperous model, to describe the economic and regulatory structure used to achieve competitive balance and financial stability, to explain the key factors in the success of US leagues and clubs, to understand the importance of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in the US major league, to observe the place of former players as managers in the US league system.
During this week, UEFA MIP participants had the opportunity to attend the presentations in the following locations across New York :
  • Major League Soccer
  • NBA
  • USTA National Tennis Center
  • Major League Baseball
  • St. John’s University
Participants could learn more about another sports model with its own history and culture and carry out an in-depth analysis of the specificities of the four major North American professional sport leagues and clubs, thanks to the various experts who were present during this week, such as:
  • Mark Abbot, president and deputy commissioner, MLS
  • Sunil Gulati, president, U.S. Soccer federation
  • Mark Tatum, deputy commissioner and chief operating officer, NBA
  • Dikembe Mutombo, former professional basketball player, NBA
  • Bruce Bowen, former professional basketball player, NBA
  • Kevin Laforce, senior vice president, corporate development, NFL
  • Ethan Orlinsky, senior vice president, legal business and club affairs, MLB
The session began at the MLS, to present the organisational structure of MLS, explain its development and illustrate the different skills needed as a manager in the USA.
On Tuesday, the participants had the opportunity to discover the organisational structure of the NBA and the key factors in its success.
The next day was intended to analyse the main aspects of professional sports in the USA from a historical and sociological point of view. It was also the opportunity to understand how the labour market works in a major league and what the role of agents is and to introduce some elements of NFL system.
Thursday took place at the MLB, where speakers introduced players’ unions and collective negotiation and presented MLB’s organisational structure and development plan, marketing and communications strategy.
Finally, the objective of the last day was to present the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the importance of the business of college sport and discover sport department in US University.
Viva Voce of UEFA MIP will take place in London from 30 May to 1 June 2017.
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