Soccer

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A former Charlotte Bobcats executive has a plan for soccer in Charlotte. He wants to spend  millions on a minor league team—started this year—with the goal of growing a fan base of thousands and ultimately getting absorbed into the major league. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Some other cities have done just that in a matter of years.


Soccer In Charlotte

Nov 20, 2014
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Friday, November 21, 2014

We’re talking futbol.  That’s futbol with a “u.” In other words, soccer. Interest in soccer has been slow to build in this country when compared to the rest of the world but the recent World Cup did wonders to build that interest and next year, Charlotte is getting its very own professional soccer.  We hear from the GM of the Charlotte Independence, the coach of the Davidson team and others. 

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Two soccer powerhouses, Germany and Argentina, will compete this weekend in the World Cup final. The tournament is the most watched sporting event on Earth, but that passion may have negative economic ramifications, a UNC Charlotte economist has found.

  

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Charlotte already hosts a number of major sporting events each year.  There are the NASCAR races – of course, and Panthers and Bobcat games.  But later this summer the city may briefly be home to two of the best professional soccer teams in the world.