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Soccer Business Bits: Breakaway, Vegas Soccer & More

broken soccer ballThe MLS Breakaway experiment will be back for a second go on NBCSN on August 3.  The network tried the experiment back in the Spring and now MLS will feature for a second night on its second tier partner.  Per the official press release, “the day will kick off with full coverage of Sporting Kansas City hosting New York Red Bulls on NBCSN. Then, starting with D.C. United’s 7:30 kickoff against visiting Montréal, Strong and Martino will go into full Breakaway coverage, looking in on regional broadcasts of the four other Saturday night games.”  This is great news for MLS fans.  The first iteration was immensely entertaining and now the network will have a second opportunity to offer a night of soccer.  The New York/Sporting match should be a great way to start the evening.

The Las Vegas Sun offers up an interesting piece about the possibility of the league expanding to Las Vegas.  The article recognizes that the key to a team is both ownership and stadium.  Here is what the paper had to say about the Vegas stadium: “As for building a soccer stadium, no such proposal has surfaced in Las Vegas. Two proposed arena projects — the on-campus UNLVNow stadium and a multipurpose off-campus facility by Majestic — would serve as viable options since they can be configured for a soccer crowd. Both would feature adequate seating, and the projects’ developers have expressed interest in hosting an MLS team. ”  Unfortunately, there is no funding for these stadium projexcts,  Read more: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/jul/01/why-vegas-doesnt-have-soccer/#ixzz2XqaMkzdi

Finally, there is a fight over minor league soccer in Oklahoma City.  For more, click here.