The ESPN+ deal with the UFC and what it means for MLS (and other sports properties)

The literal big deal in sports media yesterday: In January, ESPN will start paying the UFC $150 million a year for a package including: 15 live events on ESPN+, the new $49.99/year subscription service Other shows, including Dana White’s Contenders series and some new untitled program, on ESPN+ Weigh-ins, preview shows and press conferences on… Read More

Time for U.S. pro leagues to treat their cornerstones a bit better

With its callous attitude toward Columbus, MLS has already staked out a “thanks for getting us off the ground, now go away” attitude that Don Garber must fix before he either leaves office or renews his contract. Are we seeing the same thing in pro women’s soccer? It’s complicated. We might not know a complete… Read More

An older plan: Soccer United Marketing from a few years ago

Found something interesting while cleaning out the basement. Pictures below. Coincidentally, Grant Wahl has a crucial interview with MLS commissioner and SUM CEO Don Garber. Soccer United Marketing's role in US Soccer has been a flashpoint in the USSF presidential election. So I asked SUM CEO Don Garber 29 questions about SUM — Grant… Read More

All the USSF president’s men (part 1 of RSD23 podcast)

The nomination deadline has passed, and we still don’t really know how many candidates will officially run for U.S. Soccer president. Current educated guess is eight, but at least three are unconfirmed. This morning, I chatted with Jason Davis on SiriusXM’s United States of Soccer. The interview is now available on demand on the SiriusXM… Read More