The Monday After

Fairly quiet business weekend in American soccer, but here are a couple of stories worth noting. We’ll start in New England, where owner Robert Kraft is pursuing a resort casino development across the street from Gillette Stadium, the current home of the Revs and Patriots.  The story is significant to soccer fans only because of potential impacts on the Revolution’s efforts to build a soccer specific stadium in the Boston area.  In order to successfully build in Foxboro, Kraft will have to circumvent two powerful Boston area politicians, Tom Menino, the Mayor of Boston and Tom DeLeo, the powerful Speaker of the House.  Both are heavily vested in locating a casino at a nearby thoroughbred racing track, a direct competitor of the Foxboro effort.  Regardless of which casino is built, it is worth wondering whether Kraft Sports will burn some important political bridges that could requiring serious mending to build the Revs a soccer stadium.

Elsewhere, NPR’s Weekend Edition weighs in the impact of David Beckham on Major League Soccer, the Galaxy and more.  The interview with David Henry Sterry touches on many of the usual themes and references the league’s new favorite statistic about surpassing the NHL and NBA in average attendance.  The interview is significant because the NPR audience is outside the usual mainstream sports and soccer media.  You can find the interview here.

Finally, it was announced that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the owner of a number of Toronto based sports properties including TFC, has been purchased by Rogers and BCE, two Canadian media powers.  The billion dollar purchase makes uneasy allies of two major media rivals and provides a new ownership structure for the soccer team that shares owners with the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs.