Monday, May 12, 2014

Historic US domestic TV deal announced...

31 Days to the World Cup, and domestic soccer in this country is about to get a lot more high-profile...

MLS and US Soccer announced a new 8-year TV deal with ESPN, Fox and Univision that is reportedly worth $90 million her year, which is triple what they were getting before.

MLS commissioner Don Garber said today at a press conference that the expansion plans for a second NY team and "downtown teams in Miami and Atlanta'' are key because they are major markets and will help the growth of the sport and national TV ratings in the US. Now, if David Beckham could just work out that little waterfront stadium issue...

Here's the TV deal press release...

NEW YORK (May 12, 2014) – Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer have signed new television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes, reaching eight-year agreements with the networks to televise MLS and U.S. Soccer matches in the United States through the end of 2022.  The announcement was made today by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, U.S. Soccer CEO/General Secretary Dan Flynn, ESPN, Inc. President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman John Skipper,  FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 General Manager and Chief Operating Officer David Nathanson and Univision Deportes President Juan Carlos Rodriguez.

 For the first time in Major League Soccer’s history, all three television partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week, providing soccer fans throughout the country with a destination day and time for each network.  The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings -- primarily on UniMás -- and a wrap-up show on Sundays.  The Friday night match on the Univision family of networks will be the first time a Spanish-language television network will have its own exclusive night with a major professional sports league based in the United States.

 Soccer fans will be able to enjoy a doubleheader of MLS action every Sunday, as ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will televise back-to-back MLS matches on Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, respectively.  More than 125 MLS matches will be televised annually on the three networks.

 The new agreements also will include extensive marketing and promotional support from all network partners, including dedicated campaign support and cross-promotion across all three networks for upcoming MLS and U.S. Soccer matches. In addition, ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes will develop multi-platform initiatives to build the profile of MLS and U.S. Soccer players

Thursday, May 08, 2014

David Beckham videos, stories

David Beckham visited the Miami Herald newsroom for two hours on Thursday. He, manager Simon Fuller, and their group met with the editorial board, outlined their plans for a Miami MLS team/stadium and fielded all our questions.

Here are video links and story links of their visit...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7PyMsqs-L0

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/08/4106067/david-beckham-on-miami-mls-team.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDBY9-A9IMU

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/08/4105240/david-beckham-to-sit-down-with.html

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Beckham video at Miami-Dade County Hall

For those of you who can't get enough of the David Beckham-Miami-MLS story...

Here he is, in spiffy suit, arriving at Miami-Dade County Hall Wednesday morning to talk to commissioners about his MLS stadium project. He later expressed interest in Mayor Carlos Gimenez' proposal to consider the boat slip adjacent to AmericanAirlines Arena as a possible waterfront stadium site.

 

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Beckham, Heat could be neighbors

In case you missed it...In an effort to quiet the bickering over Beckham's PortMiami MLS stadium plan, Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez is asking David Beckham's group to consider an alternate waterfront site downtown -- a slip between AmericanAirlines Arena and the new art museum.

Here are the details...

What do you think?

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Poll: Was Eddie Johnson off sides?

70 days to the World Cup!

So, the US and Mexico tied 2-2. First half US team looked very, very good. Tight, crisp passing, Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman midfield duo stood out, goals by Wondo (whose stock went up) and Bradley. Second half, Mexico dominated. Landon Donovan and Julian Green came in off bench for the US. Jurgen Klinsmann said Donovan had a knee issue and didn't have "tempo'' at practice, which is why he didn't start.

What were your views on the game? Did you think Eddie Johnson was off sides when he scored the apparent game-winner? Vote here.