Some business thoughts from the weekend that was. MLSSoccer.com completed a great interview with Sporting KC’s President Robb Heineman about some business issues involving the team and the opening of the new stadium The entire interview is worth a read, but here are some noteworthy highlights. First, Heineman indicates that the team is nearing 9,000 season tickets for 2011 with a goal of 12,000 for the year. That is a significant number, and would put KC near the top of the league in season ticket sales. Other key facts from the interview include the team’s efforts to secure the services of a second DP, efforts to capture Hispanic audiences and efforts to promote the team throught the Gold Cup. Heineman is probably the most accessible front office member in the league and he does a great job keeping fans informed about the team’s efforts in the transfer market. His openess is extremely appealing and helps fans feel like they are an integral part of the organization.
In draft news, WPS finalized its college draft in Baltimore on Friday with the participation of an unnamed team. We have documented the league’s struggles, but things reached a bizarre stage when the former Washington Freedom franchise was sold to a Florida based investor who has yet to name the team or hire any coaching staff. Thus, the franchise went through the draft without an identity. Despite that strange circumstance, the league continues to pick up new sponsors. WPS announced that Sahlen’s Hot Dogs is the league’s 6th official sponsor. Each team will wear Sahlen’s patch in 2011.
Finally, Steve Goff is reporting that DC United has identified two potential stadium sites within the District. With Baltimore wooing the team to leave RFK, this latest DC stadium effort feels like a last ditch effort by the team to secure a spot in the District. DC’s inability to secure a home within the Distric has been well documented. RFK is in a great spot with great Metro access, but the stadium is in disrepair and is too big for MLS. DC has long been a flagship franchise, but their stadium situation has seriuosly lagged behind the rest of the team.