Soccer Business Bits: Red Bull Arena Takes First, MLS Takes Third & More

Sports Business Journal conducted its annual sports facilities survey and Red Bull Arena was voted the clear Number 1 among soccer specific stadiums.  The Harrison, New Jersey garnered just over 23% of the vote, beating out LiveStrong Sporting Park and the Home Depot Center.  PPL Park finished fourth with almost 10% of the vote.  The survey polled just over 1,1o0 SBJ readers and was released as part of the November 28 edition of the Sports Business Journal.  The survey looked at facilities in a number of sports, including NHL, NFL and more.
As part the same edition of the SBJ, respondents placed MLS a very distant third to the NFL in response to an inquiry as to what sports property a corporate entity would most want to be associated.  MLS edged out the NHL, NBA and NASCAR and trailed only the NFL and MLB.  While MLS was bunched with the NHL and NASCAR in the middle of the pack, its position does reflect the rising perception of the league among industry insiders.  While the NBA figure may be skewed because the questions were asked prior to the establishment of NBA labor peace.
Finally, Arlo White’s move from the Seattle Sounders broadcast booth to the lead role with NBC for 2012 has been confirmed.  In addition to becoming the lead voice for the network’s Major League Soccer package, White will also call the USMNT games broadcast on the network.  This is an extremely impressive move for the 38 year old White who has only been the Seattle play-by-play man for 2 years.