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Could United be on way out of DC?

Posted on 27 September 2008 by ASN Staff

The chances of D.C. United staying in the District appear to be dying a very slow death, according to the Washington Business Journal.

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FSC to get Nielsen rating

Posted on 15 September 2008 by ASN Staff

Fox Soccer Channel will become Nielsen rated Oct. 1. With an average household income of $75,000 among all viewers – and 57% of its audience in the male 18-34 demographic – FSC intends to position itself as the primary cable television destination for advertisers looking to reach core soccer fans.

“Over the last five years Fox Soccer Channel has shown tremendous growth, in terms of both viewer engagement and advertiser interest,” said David Sternberg, executive vice president and general manager of Fox Soccer Channel. “Entering the Nielsen family enables us to validate our viewership reach, demonstrating to advertisers our ability to deliver the extremely strong and dedicated audience of men 18-34 that they want to reach as well as the broad based audience attracted to soccer programming.”

The network reaches over 33 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. and Caribbean, with more households than any other soccer-specific cable broadcaster, and has distribution agreements in place with the top 10 cable Multiple System Operators (MSOs) in the U.S., as well as DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS.

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Red Bulls partner with client service co. on new stadium

Posted on 15 September 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced Monday, Sept. 15 that it had entered into a partnership with Global Interface Consulting Group, a U.S.-based sports consulting/customer service firm, to assist in preparation for the opening of Red Bull Arena. The Harrison, N.J., stadium is scheduled to open in 2009.

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ESPN could bid for Premiership rights

Posted on 11 September 2008 by ASN Staff

The Walt Disney Company’s sports broadcaster ESPN is interested in acquiring the rights to show English Premier League games in the U.S. and U.K., according to reports by The Times of London and Telegraph.co.uk. In the U.S., the rights are held by News Corporation subsidiary Fox. In the U.K., the rights are held by BSkyB and Setanta Sports. BSkyB, a satellite broadcaster that is also minority owned by News Corp, paid £1.31 billion to secure the rights to show 92 live games a season in the existing three-year contract, which expires at the end of the 2009-10 season. Setanta Sports paid £392 million for the rights to show a further 46 games a season live.

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LA Galaxy are richest MLS club–Forbes

Posted on 09 September 2008 by ASN Staff

The LA Galaxy, who have arguably been one of the worst clubs in Major League Soccer on the pitch this season, are the league’s richest organization. So says Forbes magazine in its first study of MLS finances.

The rankings according to Forbes:
1. LA Galaxy
2. Toronto FC
3. Chicago Fire
4. FC Dallas
5. New York Red Bulls
6. DC United
7. Houston Dynamo
8. Colorado Rapids
9. Real Salt Lake
10. New England Revolution
11. Chivas USA
12. Columbus Crew
13. Kansas City Wizards

The San Jose Earthquakes were not included in Forbes’ study because no data were available on the expansion club’s finances from last season, upon which the study is based.

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Red Bulls sign marketing partner for new stadium

Posted on 02 July 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced Wednesday, July 2, that it has entered into a partnership with Formation Sports & Media Marketing (FSMM), a U.S.-based sports marketing firm, to handle commercial partnership sales for Red Bull Park. The Harrison, N.J., stadium is expected to open next fall. The company was retained specifically to secure four corporate partners for the stadium.

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Norway’s StatoilHydro signs sponsorship deal with Houston Dynamo

Posted on 28 June 2008 by ASN Staff

The Houston Dynamo have signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro that will pinpoint player development and youth programs, according to the Houston Business Journal.

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DC United owner MacFarlane lays off staff

Posted on 25 June 2008 by ASN Staff

D.C. United owner Victor MacFarlane has been laying off employees across the country, according to the Washington Business Journal. It is not known how many were involved in the day-to-day operations of the club, but the moves could further complicate efforts to build the team’s soccer stadium at Poplar Point.

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Microsoft to sponsor Seattle Sounders – WSJ

Posted on 28 May 2008 by ASN Staff

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft Corp. will sponsor the Seattle Sounders when the team joins MLS next season. Microsoft and the Sounders will reportedly announce a deal that will place the words “Xbox 360 LIVE” on the front of the team’s jersey for $4 million a season for five years.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is one of the team’s owners. The Seattle team becomes the 10th of 15 MLS teams to have a jersey sponsor, leaving the Colorado Rapids, San Jose Earthquakes, Kansas City Wizards, New England Revolution and FC Dallas as the lone holdouts.

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Bundesliga team cancels Colorado training camp

Posted on 27 May 2008 by ASN Staff

Newly-promoted Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach has canceled its July training camp in Colorado, according to the German Web site transfermarkt.de. The club, known colloquially as ‘Gladbach’, decided to cancel the trip after visiting the Colorado Rapids facilities and deciding these were less than ideal for optimal training purposes. The team is still in search of a new location for their training camp, the Web site reports.

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