There were multiple big business stories that emerged from Vancouver on Wednesday. The first involves an extension of Bell’s relationship with the Whitecaps as its primary and presenting sponsor. All team apparel, including youth apparel, will be branded with the Bell name. Bell is Canada’s largest telecommunications company. The Sacramento Bee ran the following quote: “Bell is proud to extend its successful partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC organization, one of Canada’s most respected soccer clubs,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Residential Services, and Chief Brand Officer at Bell. “Passion for MLS and soccer is growing rapidly across Canada and we’re excited to give fans more national coverage across multiple platforms than ever before.”
In addition, it was announced that TSN will become the official and sole media outlet broadcasting Whitecaps games beginning in 2014. Per the official press release, “TSN’s acclaimed team of soccer experts, Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Kristian Jack, will be part of the network’s coverage of Whitecaps FC throughout the year, including regular news reports, analysis and Twitter updates. Select Whitecaps FC games will also be available in French on RDS and RDS2.”
David Beckham’s efforts to locate a team in Miami took a big step forward with a unanimous vote from Miami-Dade County Commissioners in favor of privately funded stadium in the county. The resolution stipulates that the stadium be funded without county dollars and must pay rent if it ends up on public land, according to reports in the Miami Herald.
Finally, for a very thorough look at the DC United stadium situation, click here.
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