Soccer Business Bits: MLS Re-Entry Drafts; Whitecaps Tickets & More

Over the last couple of days, multiple outlets have reported on the emerging details of Major League Soccer’s inagural re-entry drafts.  MLS’ official website has produced its own press release on the new procedure and identified December 8 and December 15 as the two draft dates. The new drafts provide players two opportunties to be selected by MLS teams at defined salary levels and/or for purposes of exclusive negotiation rights.  If a player fails to secure a team through either draft, the player is then entitled to negotiate with any team in the league.

The new system represents an impressively crafted compromise between the Players Union and the league.  Veteran players now have a number of options in the event their existing team fails to make a reasonable offer.  At the same time, fans now have additional exciting events in the offseason.  The league has cleverly spread the expansion draft, re-entry draft and super draft over three months, giving fans repeated events to debate and consider as they approach and pass.

In Vancouver, the Whitecaps have announced their new website and established season ticket prices for 2011.  By MLS standards, the tickets appear reasonably expensive even factoring in current exchange rates.  Interestingly, the cheapest tickets are not behind the goals, but in the corners.  The team is also hyping its 50 suites, which have been refurbished in advance of the upcoming season.

Finally, the USWNT has started a pre-sale for its World Cup home and home qualifier on November 27.  The match will pit the US Women against Italy.  General ticket sales start on November 12 and tickets range from $10-$30.  The match will be at Toyota Park.