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Senior writer Bill King writes special projects and covers combat sports and educational programs.

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Soccer’s growing reach

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 06 / 02 / 14

They were standing five deep along the bar, shoulder to shoulder from wall to wall, spilling out the open front door and into the courtyard, where another screen provided a viewing spot for those who hadn’t secured space inside. It is like this on many a Saturday at Hooligans, a soccer bar ...

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