Soccer Business Bits: More on Four Points, Union Season Tickets & More

Yesterday we wrote about the league’s new deal with Four Points, but the league finally issued a press release with quotes from league and additional details regarding the deal.  In addition to signage around stadiums and during MLS events, three lucky members of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)  will be able to transform SPG points into VIP opportunities at Major League Soccer events as part of the SPG Moments program of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  MLS fans will also gain access to special deals and Four Points hotel properties will become a focal point of MLS activities during MLS Cup.  In addition, Four Points will offer fans opportunities to win tickets and participate in special offers during the season.

In Philly, the Union have unveiled two new season ticket packages for the remainder of the season.  The team is now offering a prorated season ticket plan for $258 in the Supporters Section.  The team is also offering a nine game partial package.  the nine game plan allows fans to choose their nine games and provides the same discounted prices that are available to full season plan holders.  The team is indicating that less than 500 of these plans are available.  The nine game plans range from $290 to $1100.  Fans need to select the games at the time they make the purchase.

Finally, April 13 was an exciting day in MLS as both Portland and Houston announced the signing of Designated Players.  With the league transfer window coming to a close, these deals continue the MLS trend of “smaller” DP deals for less recognizable names at a cost below the Beckhams and Henrys of the world.  It will be interesting to see if this trend continues when the Summer window opens.

2 Responses

  1. Ben, you are on my daily rotation of MLS reading material. Keep it up!

  2. Houston did not announce a DP signing. Greek media reported that a player was leaving Aris and would end up in Houston as a DP. No team or league confirmation yet.

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