Soccer Business Bits: SUM’s new chair, San Jose Stadium News & More

Don Garber announced today that Kathy Carter has been named President of SUM.  Carter, who most recently served as Executive Vice President, will manage the day-to day operations of SUM, as well as lead the strategic planning and vision for increasing commercial revenues for Major League Soccer, all MLS clubs and all properties represented by SUM.  According to the official MLS press release,  Carter will oversee all commercial activity for the organization in the United States and Canada. She will be responsible for all sponsorship, licensing and advertising sales for MLS/SUM. Carter will continue to serve as a key member of the MLS/SUM Senior Executive staff, providing counsel to the League Commissioner and MLS Board of Governors. Carter also will oversee the commercial relationship with all three national broadcast partners and MLS Digital Properties, formerly known as the SUM Digital Network. MLS Digital Properties encompasses the only soccer advertising network of its kind, covering all facets of the sport in the U.S., which allows advertisers to reach millions of soccer fans via online advertising and sponsorship campaigns.

In San Jose, the Earthquakes are continuing their efforts to build a new stadium.  San Jose officials are recommending a four million dollar gift to Lew Wolff and team to assist in building a stadium in the San Jose area.  The stadium is planned near the San Jose Airport and will reportedly required two years to construct from the date of the ground breaking.  The funding for the planned stadium has always been a bit fuzzy.  The city of San Jose had previously agreed to chop $40 million off the purchase price of a 75 acre parcel that will include the Stadium and additional mixed use development.  The stadium will seat 15,000 (with additional seating for 3,000 more on a berm at the stadium’s open end) and will use 14 acres of the site.

The Sports Business Journal released its list of the top 50 most influential people in sports.  Sepp Blatter and Don Garber were among those making the list.