The final round of CONCACAF qualifying is coming this week and American fans looking for the mid-afternoon match on television will need to turn to beIN Sport (if it is carried by their provider). The game will air at 4:00 Eastern and should feature the former Gol TV team of Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson. Both are familiar to American soccer fans, both from their La Liga and Major League Soccer. The game will also represent an important debut for the Al Jazeera owned network. Although there have been previous broadcasts, this game will represent the first exposure to beIN Sport to many American soccer fans. With the demise of FOX Soccer, beIN Sport is now one of the big players in American Soccer broadcasting. This telecast will be an important debut.
We have frequently written about the league’s efforts to expand into New York City. Here is an article looking at the planned effort to build a stadium in Queens. The piece is especially interesting because it relies upon comparisons to the Red Bulls’ project in Harrison New Jersey. The business success of the Harrison project is discussed at length, including the mixed outcomes for restaurants and bars in close proximity to the stadium. The article also suggests that future ownership of the New York team may share some DNA with Manchester City.
One final note. We tweeted about this over the weekend, but it was announced that the three year deal between the Dynamo and Greenstar energy will terminate early, and Houston will be without a jersey sponsor at the start of 2013. The Dynamo have been very successful on the field and at the gate, and they may be able to parlay their freedom from Greenstar into a deal more financially beneficial than the $2.5 million deal between the Dynamo and Greenstar.
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