Soccer Business Bits: One More Promotion, Tennis V. Soccer & More

In our list of promotions yesterday, we neglected to mention the Wizards’ team poster giveaway for their home game this Saturday. The first 5,000 fans through the gate receive a 2010 team picture courtesy of Sprint.  The Wizards will host the Galaxy this weekend.

In England, the All England Club has announced that it will not show World Cup games during the Wimbledon tennis championship this year.  There will be a number of tennis/soccer conflicts including England’s third group stage game.  Tournament organizers are concerned that if the soccer matches are broadcast inside the grounds at Wimbledon, it will detract from the tournament. One of the big business questions is if the refusal to air these games will impact attendance and concessions at the All England Club.

MLS Rumors is reporting that the WNBA is following soccer’s lead by putting advertisers on the front of their jerseys. The Seattle Storm will now wear “bing” on the front of their uniforms joining the Sounders in the Microsoft family.  For now, such sponsorships are not yet in the picture for the “major” sports.  However, as attendance stagnates and player salaries rise, its is quite likely that other sports and teams will look to front of their jerseys for revenue.