Soccer Business Bits: White House Visit, Diversity & More

galaxyEvery year the MLS Cup champions visit the White House and every year I cover the event.  White House visits make news outside the somewhat insular world of soccer and sports and this visit was no exception.  The visit was covered by the national news media and generated additional coverage because the team was joined by the Stanley Cup winning Los Angeles Kings.  From the official MLS article, “Following their visit with the President, Dunivant, Mike Magee, and Landon Donovan participated in a question and answer session with schoolchildren from across the country and assistant White House chef Sam Kass, who is the director of Michelle Obama’s  “Let’s Move!” program, which promotes exercise and healthy eating. The Galaxy trio was joined by three Kings players, captain Dustin Brown, defenseman Rob Scuderi and goaltender Jonathan Quick who informed the students on how their eating habits and exercise took them to the professional ranks.  After brief introductions, the children asked a variety of questions including one about the sleeping the day after games, which Magee eloquently answered.”

MLS is generating pres releases around the international diversity of the league.  The official and annual map depicting player countries is out, revealing that league players were born in 61 countries around the world.  You can find the data here. The league’s claim that is the most international diverse of all the major sports leagues isn’t exactly ground breaking, but the map is still informative.  Especially important is the league’s footprint in CONCACAF, which has improved the region and confirmed the increasing importance of MLS.

Finally, a full slate of league games this weekend, including nationally televised on NBCSN, TSN and UniMas. The Champions League continues next week with the soon to depart Fox Soccer.  It was further made official today that the soccer network will give way at the end of the Summer.