Soccer Business Bits: New WPS CEO, LiveStrong Business & More

Women’s Professional Soccer has announced appointment of Jennifer Pogorelec O’Sullivan as the League’s new Chief Executive Officer. O’Sullivan formerly served as the Vice President of Labor and Legal Affairs for the Arena Football League.  She is a law school graduate and sports industry veteran.   According to the league press release, “O’Sullivan joins WPS following its most successful season to date, setting new attendance figures and earning a 50 percent increase in revenue at the league level in 2011.”

Elsewhere, the Sports Business Journal is reporting that the owners of Sporting Kansas City, are leveraging the knowledge gained from operating LiveStrong Sporting Park as a tech friendly venue in a new consulting venture.  According to the SBJ,”the new business will consult with other pro sports teams and leagues on how to use high-density wireless technology and ultra-high-speed broadband networks — both of which the club is familiar with because of the high level of technology built into its new stadium.”   Livestrong has two one gigabyte wireless fees, 196 routers and connection speeds well in excess of Cowboy’s Stadium.  The new company will launch with 30 employees and will soon make a presentation to representatives of MLS, EPL, NBA and more.

Finally, the stadium construction efforts in San Jose continue their slow march forward.  Monday night offered an opportunity for local residents to weigh in on the planned stadium at a municipal hearing.  The stadium has been on hold as team owners wait for favorable business conditions to combine retail and residential at the site.  The project is expected to cost more than $40 million dollars and will seat 15-18k.

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