Archive for the ‘MLS’ Category

2019’s 25 Hottest Sports Power Couples

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Alex Morgan has won back-to-back World Cup titles with the U.S. women's soccer team to go with a gold medal from the 2012 Olympics. The couple married on New Year's Eve in 2014. Caroline Wozniacki and David Lee Two-time All-Star David Lee played 12 seasons in the NBA before becoming engaged to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in November 2017.

St. Louis’s new MLS team boasts female majority ownership group

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

St. Louis MLS expansion team owners (from left to right) Patty Taylor, Joanne Kindle, Carolyn Kindle Betz and Chrissy Taylor. Major League Soccer made some welcome history in awarding its 28th club to St. Louis on Tuesday. When the team begins play as expansion side in 2022, it will be the first MLS franchise majority owned by women. Kindle Betz is the granddaughter of rental car magnate Jack Taylor and the president of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

Garber’s 20 years as MLS commissioner time of huge growth

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

MLS has doubled in size to 24 teams under Garber's leadership, plays primarily in soccer specific stadiums and maintains an average attendance among the top 10 soccer leagues in the world. Yet, it has not caught up with the NBA or NHL for television attention and averages fewer viewers on U.S. English-language television than the Premier League, despite more favorable time slots. When I hear stuff from my bosses at ESPN saying we're not going to show that game because we can make more money putting a 5-year-old rerun of the World Series of Poker on, then we got a big problem,'' said former U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, an ESPN analyst.

Garber’s 20 years as MLS commissioner time of huge growth

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

MLS has doubled in size to 24 teams under Garber's leadership, plays primarily in soccer specific stadiums and maintains an average attendance among the top 10 soccer leagues in the world. Yet, it has not caught up with the NBA or NHL for television attention and averages fewer viewers on U.S. English-language television than the Premier League, despite more favorable time slots. "When I hear stuff from my bosses at ESPN saying we're not going to show that game because we can make more money putting a 5-year-old rerun of the World Series of Poker on, then we got a big problem," said former U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, an ESPN analyst.

MLS give update on expansion situation

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Major League Soccer has issued an update on expansion, and it appears that the Charlotte bid is making a strong case for itself. MLS Commissioner Don Garber revealed that the league is in “advanced talks” with both St. Louis and Sacramento who many see as the favorites to be awarded teams 28 and 29. Garber also revealed those two teams hope to begin play in MLS in 2022. At the last MLS board of governors meeting in Los Angeles in April the league was given permission to talk with the groups from Sacramento and St. Louis about a deal, while the board will meet again in December.

St. Louis, Charlotte bids make presentations to MLS in push for expansion slots

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Major League Soccer has confirmed that prospective expansion bids from St. Louis and Charlotte made presentations to the league's expansion committee on Monday. MLS has stated that the league intends to reach 30 teams with the likes of Sacramento, St. Louis, Charlotte, Phoenix, Detroit, Las Vegas and Raleigh considered among the candidates for the final three positions. St. Louis and Sacramento are the two groups that the commissioner's office has authorized to advance discussions.

St. Louis, Charlotte bids make presentations to MLS in push for expansion slots

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Major League Soccer has confirmed that prospective expansion bids from St. Louis and Charlotte made presentations to the league's expansion committee on Monday. MLS has stated that the league intends to reach 30 teams with the likes of Sacramento, St. Louis, Charlotte, Phoenix, Detroit, Las Vegas and Raleigh considered among the candidates for the final three positions. St. Louis and Sacramento are the two groups that the commissioner's office has authorized to advance discussions.

Panthers owner David Tepper to meet with MLS about expansion

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and team president Tom Glick will travel to New York next week and meet with Major League Soccer officials in an effort to convince them to bring an expansion team to Charlotte, North Carolina. Tepper has been working to bring an MLS team to Charlotte since purchasing the Panthers last summer. MLS will announce two expansion teams by July 31.

MLS franchise ‘belongs in Charlotte’

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina is not one of the cities which has been high up the list for potential expansion franchises in Major League Soccer, but it should be. Tepper, a hedge-fund manager worth $11 billion, revealed to journalists that the president of the NFL's Panthers, Tom Glick, (who was formerly involved at Derby County, Manchester City and with New York City FC) is pushing the cause for a team. “We are having ongoing discussions with Major League Soccer,” Tepper said.

Crew to stay in Columbus under new owners, MLS announces

Friday, December 28th, 2018

The owners of the NFL's Cleveland Browns and a Columbus-based family have agreed in principle to take over ownership of the Columbus Crew from January, Major League Soccer announced on Friday. Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Columbus investors led by Pete Edwards Jr will take over ownership of the 22-year-old franchise from Precourt Sports Ventures, effectively ending a year of uncertainty over whether owner Anthony Precourt would move the MLS franchise to Austin, Texas.