Soccer Business Bits: Union Ink Sponsors, RSL TV News & More

No, we are not burying our heads in the sand when it comes to the labor issues in MLS.  There are are obviously enormous business implications if the players strike, the season is delayed or there is another form of work stoppage. We’ve kept our coverage of the CBA negotiations  fairly minimal, simply because it is a topic that has been adequately and aggressively covered elsewhere. Presuming there is a deal, we will discuss the implications of the features of any agreement at great length.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reported last week that the Union have signed a deal with Turkey Hill Dairy to be the team’s official ice cream, ice tea and lemonade provider at their new stadium. They will also be the “official” ice cream of the Union.  These deals typically include player appearances, signage boards at the stadium and other promotional relationships.   Turkey Hill also announced a relationship between Turkey Hill and the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (there is now a “Turkey Hill Cup”). The Union has also recently signed deals with Herr’s foods, a PA based snack maker and SCA Tissue, NA, a Swedish company with its US headquarters in Philly.

The Deseret News is confirming that all RSL games will be televised in 2010.  Games that are not nationally broadcast will be on KUTV, the local CBS affiliate.  In the alternative, some games will be broadcast on the KUTV sister station, digital 2.2.  In other RSL news, the MLS Cup tour continues.  RSL is bringing the trophy to just about every county in the State of Utah in a great combination of celebration and promotion.

One final note.  Check out this story at about a lawsuit in Greenwich, CT brought by parents of a youth soccer player who was injured while playing on a Town field.  Notably, the parents are claiming that their son will not be able to play sports collegiately because of the injury.  What is the value of not being to play soccer collegiately?

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