While we wait for the power and heat to return to Hartford County, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the soccer coverage in mainstream media outlets around the country. We’ll start in New England, where the Boston Globe, via Revs beat reporter Frank Dell’Apa, takes a look at the current state of the Revolution. The article includes quotes from Jonathan Kraft and Don Garber and provides some great insight into the workings of one of the league’s most secretive franchises. For fans of front office workings, Dell’Apa showcases some of the tortured decision making process that has contributed to the Revs recent stumbles. The whole article is worth a read.
Last week, the USA Today Sports section’s cover story was a feature on Galaxy midfielder David Beckham. The piece looked at Beckham’s five years in Major League Soccer. The article included quotes from Beckham, Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and more. In addition to Beckham’s exploits on the field, the article also looks at his endorsements. According to the piece, “he has partnered with H&M for a line of underwear in addition to his own fragrance line, a joint venture with his Spice Girl-turned-fashionista wife, Victoria. His endorsements include a long-standing deal with Adidas, along with Electronic Arts and Diet Pepsi.”
Finally, Brian Lewis of the New York Post weighs in with some final thoughts on the Galaxy/Red Bulls semi. Most notable from a business/media perspective is Lewis’ note that he has made more than a dozen interview requests directed towards Rafa Marquez that have all been denied. Those (unrewarded) efforts provide a quick glimpse into the world of the beat writer.