Soccer Business Bits: NBC Launches ProSoccer Talk, Colorado Rapids Women & More

NBC Sports has finally added a Pro Soccer Talk to its web page in the lead-up to the start of the Major League Soccer season.  Longtime soccer writer Steve Davis will headline the site.  Davis is a veteran of both and and will add a respected soccer voice to NBC’s coverage of MLS.  Despite the launch, the soccer themed blog failed to make the front page of the NBC Sports website.  Hopefully that oversight will be rectified, but now one needs to access the main page in order to find Davis’ posts.  A link to the site can be found here.

With the demise (at least temporarily) of the WPS, it was important that the WLeague pick up the slack where possible.  Today it was announced that the Colorado Rapids Women will be the fourth MLS affiliated team to join the USL sponsored WLeague.  They will join the DC United Women, Seattle Sounders Women and Vancouver Whitecaps FC as WLeague teams that are partnered with a Major League Soccer franchise.  Many observers of the Womens’ game have long thought an increased MLS presence would be extremely important to the ultimate success of the sport in the United States.  Could a revitalized WPS emerge with a substantially increased MLS presence?

Finally, it was announced today that the MLS Direct Kick Package will again be available to all free of charge the first week of the season.  Direct Kick will be priced at $79 for the entire season, but faces stiff competition from the new MLS Digital package which is compatible with most mobile devices, computers and devices such as Roku.