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Canada Soccer officials defend controversial deal with Canadian Soccer Business

Canada Soccer defended its controversial deal with Canada Soccer Business under questioning on Parliament Hill by the House of Commons heritage committee.

The agreement allows the CSB to oversee marketing and broadcasting rights, with an annual payment to Canada Soccer. The arrangement provided Canada Soccer with a guaranteed income while helping fund the Canadian Premier League.

But Canada Soccer general secretary Earl Cochrane says the governing body is in negotiations to “modernize” the CSB agreement.

Cochrane also said the governing body had erred in cuts this year to the women's team program and was moving to remedy them.

Cochrane was accompanied by Canada Soccer board members Paul-Claude Berube and Stephanie J. Geosits. All three appeared via video conference.

Former Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis was invited to appear but was unable to attend.

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