Normally, this would be the day for the most recent Monday After Post, but the league taking its break until the Final on Saturday, we thought it was time for our third and final entry in our own award season. It is award season in MLS, and it is time to start looking at the candidates for the Footiebusiness Front Office Award. In past years, the Award was defined this way: “Department recognized for consistent, accurate and proactive efforts in providing media members with information and generating coverage for its team.” However, because this is now a Footiebusiness Award, we think recognition for marketing and promotional efforts should also be included. For purposes of this award, the “2013 year” started when voting closed last October.
Tonight we will present the last 2013 nominee. For discussion of the first two nominees (Portland & Chicago), click here. Our third nominee is Sporting Kansas City. The team played host to the 2013 All-Star Game and did a wonderful job converting downtown Kansas City into a home for fans, journalists, players and more. The team continues to manage its social media presence, ensuring that fans and media were kept apprised of important developments all season long. As has long been the case, the team’s leadership is active on Twitter, providing access to fans unmatched by most teams. The team continues its fantastic attendance own attendance mark, and has become a fixture in the Kansas City sports scene.
That is it. Portland, Chicago and Kansas City, our three nominees for 2013. Voting will go forward this week and we will announce the winner before the week is out.