Soccer Business Bits: Championship Events, San Jose Change & More

The SBJ is reporting on the myriad of events presented by MLS at the upcoming  MLS Cup in Toronto.  As in past years, there will be industry events, fan evens and more.  Home Depot and VW will be the biggest sponsors of those events.  Visa and EA Sports will also offer fan events, including a $10,000 FIFA ’11 tournament.  While many fans have railed against the MLS playoffs in hopes that the league will move to a standard single table approach, the MLS Cup continues to increase in importance as a centerpiece for the league.  The game provides a central location for fans, sponsors and league officials to gather for a singular event that is the focus of much of the league’s business and sponsorship efforts.

Centerline Soccer offers a new interview with new Earthquakes president David Kaval.  Kaval was the former CEO of the Golden Baseball League.  Centerline’s interview provides some interesting insight into Kaval’s vision for the club, including sponsorships and stadium plans.

Finally, FSC has announced plans to streamline its schedule, including primetime EPL matches and a change to Kyle Martino’s show (it will now be at 11:00 pm on Mondays).  There will continue to be MLS matches, college games and plenty of Serie A and Chanpions League broadcasts.