The Sports Business Journal is reporting that FC Barcelona, fresh off walking away from a franchise in Miami, is exploring opportunities with the Philadelphia expansion team set to start play in 2009. It is no secret that that the man behind the Philly team (Jay Sugarman), has suffered some significant downturns in the market. With Barcelona on record as having a definite interest in MLS in the immediate future (recall they wanted Miami for 2010), Philly may be a natural fit. The SBJ article suggests that Joan LaPorta, President of FC Barcelona, has toured the stadium site and met with officials.
Adweek is reporting that DC United sponsor, VW, is splashing more cash on MLS. According to the article, VW has signed a 4 year deal with the League to continue as the official vehicle of MLS. The deal will also include player appearances, and prominent placement at events. The Sports Business Journal is reporting that the deal significantly expands VW’s one year deal from 2008. There will also be some significant ad buys by VW on MLS broadcasts.
Be sure to check out the entire SBJ spread on MLS. It is a must read for fans of the business side of the game.
Toronto has announced that all single game tickets for 2009 are sold out. While the club will release additional tickets two weeks before games, it looks like Toronto is in for another great attendance year. With 16,500 season tickets sold, BMO stadium will be full for the 2009 campaign.
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