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Business and Soccer Take Center Stage at Lansing Economic Club

Thursday, October 5, 2017  
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Lansing Economic Club returned September 14th as the series kicked off the fall season with international business and sports marketing executive Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer of City Football Group.

City Football Group is a privately held company that manages a network of soccer clubs including 2014 Premier League Champions Manchester City, Major League Soccer team New York City FC, Melbourne City FC in Australia and Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan.

“In Europe, soccer is the first, second and third favorite sport and is the fastest growing sport in the U.S.,” Glick told a sold-out crowd of 500 Greater Lansing business and community leaders. “More than 160 Americans consider themselves soccer fans during a World Cup year while 80 million Americans consider themselves fans during a non-World Cup year.”

In addition to the growing popularity of soccer in the U.S. (and Lansing), Glick highlighted the success of Lansing United and the importance of youth sports in our communities.

“What Jeremy Sampson has done with Lansing United is impressive and incredibly exciting,” said Glick. “The power of soccer can help people live healthier, better lives.”

Prior to his position at City Football Group, Glick held a variety of sportsrelated positions between the U.S. and the U.K. – including General Manager of the Lansing Lugnuts from 1996 to 1999. Glick shared valuable insights from some of the world’s leading sports and business minds that he has worked with throughout his career.

“Work ethic, not being afraid to challenge the status quo and demanding excellence are keys to success in both business and sports.”

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Click here to watch Tom Glick's keynote presentation.

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