Real Madrid Secures $ 380 Million From Sixth Street

Real Madrid, the European soccer behemoth, closed a deal in which the investment firm Sixth Street, based in the United States, will buy a 30 percent stake in the team’s stadium operations. The announcement Thursday came amid growing optimism among executives that Real Madrid, a 13-time European champion, could complete a deal to sign Kylian … Read more

When Thousands Flooded Seville for the Europa League Final

The official estimates had seemed inflated, deliberately aggrandized, exaggerated for dramatic effect, right up until the planes started landing and the streets started filling. Some 50,000 fans were making their way to Seville, Spain, in the midst of a blistering spring heat wave, from Germany. Twice that number were traveling from Scotland. They came every … Read more

US Soccer and Players Guarantee Equal Pay in New Contracts

For the first time, soccer players representing the United States men’s and women’s national teams will receive the same pay and prize money, including at World Cups, under landmark agreements with the US Soccer Federation that will end years of litigation and bitter public disputes over what constitutes “equal pay.” The revised pay structures are … Read more

FIFA and EA Sports End Their Two-Decade Partnership

After almost three decades, one of the most successful commercial relationships in sports is over. Months of tense negotiations between the video-game maker Electronic Arts and FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, ended without an agreement to extend a partnership that had created not so much a wildly popular game as a cultural phenomenon. The current … Read more

Erling Haaland and Manchester City Near a Deal

Manchester City appears to have won the race to sign striker Erling Haaland, with multiple published reports indicating that the 21-year-old Norwegian goal-scoring machine will be the latest addition to a star-studded roster that is on the cusp of winning its fourth Premier League title in five years. In a transfer that had been rumored … Read more