Three coincidental bits of reading today (for two of them, thanks to Jason Davis for mentioning them on today's show): At The Athletic, Will Parchman ranks all 23 MLS-affiliated academies. At SoccerWire, Charles Boehm has news of a new D.C. United partnership and a nice pyramid graphic showing players progressing from these partner clubs to … Continue reading Who goes from Academy to USL?
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 … Continue reading The ESPN+ deal with the UFC and what it means for MLS (and other sports properties)
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 … Continue reading Time for U.S. pro leagues to treat their cornerstones a bit better
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. https://twitter.com/GrantWahl/status/956615786692595713 Garber says that from the time the first agreement was done (2002?) to 2022, SUM will have paid the Federation $300 million. That's a cool $15 million per year. … Continue reading An older plan: Soccer United Marketing from a few years ago
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 … Continue reading All the USSF president’s men (part 1 of RSD23 podcast)