The MLS SuperDraft is set for a noon kick-off on Thursday so we thought a business bits devoted to the happenings in Indianapolis would be our ode to the draft. We’ll start with the broadcast, where the first overall pick (now owned by the Revs), will be shown live on SportsCenter. The rest of the draft will be streamed by ESPN3 and other outlets.
Over the last few days, the league has done a great job creating promotional events to showcase potential draftees in the Indianapolis area. In a strange Indy themed photo-op, a number of potential draftees went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to play soccer with a number of Indy car drivers. Mini-goals were set up on the track and the players and drivers kicked the ball around in a very Indy event.
Perhaps the biggest soccer related business event in Indy occurred in the lower divisions of American soccer. The city was awarded the 12th NASL franchise on Wednesday and the new team will be on of three 2014 expansion franchises. Peter Wilt will be named the president of the club, adding a soccer heavyweight to the leadership team. The stadium location has not been definitively determined, but the team is in negotiation with Indiana University about using one of their satellite campuses. A link to a story about the new team is here.
One final note about draft coverage. Whatever online streaming options fans choose (or not choose), it seems inevitable that Twitter will be the primary source of draft information for most. Twitter provides the perfect vehicle for fans to keep track of the draft, interact with journalists and discuss the beautiful game 140 characters at a time.